Today was my day off from work and I was able to get lots of stuff done and I didn't have to leave my house!
Laundry - check
Bed changed - check
Dinner plus about 4 lunches simmering away in the slow cooker - check
Art time in the studio - check!
Once I got everything done around the house and got the slow cooker going I stepped into my studio to begin my next project. I created a book for my local Mixed Media Groups next assignment. Every month for the next year we will create a fantastical friend with a name and a little bio. We can use any method (stamps, collage, paint, draw, etc) to create our friends and they can be realistic - oooorrrr not so much. So I created this tall, skinny book to hold all of my 'friends'.
I totally bucked the book binders method of gluing then pressing the covers until dry. I didn't want to wait that long. I wanted to start and finish my book in one day. SO, I used Xyron as my adhesive of choice and it worked pretty well! We'll see if it holds up over time.
I dug out a natural color Lokta paper that was screen printed in white for the covers. I covered the paper with Distress Inks then took a damp cloth to wipe off the surface hoping that the printed pattern would resist the ink and it did. It worked! Once I got the book completely assembled I rubbed the inked surfaces with Micro Glaze which will prevent the Distress inks from transferring or reactivating with water.
I also dyed ribbon to match for the binding. I used 140lb watercolor paper for the pages folding them in half the long way.
To decorate the cover I dug out a felt flower from my stash. I didn't like the leaves that were originally attached to the flower so I ripped them off and replaced then with vintage velvet millinery leaves. Next I dug out the scrap of lace. I needed to darken it because it's original ivory color just blended into the background. For that I used Potting Soil Archival Ink and spritzed with alcohol to blend the color into the lace. Next I treated all the metal pieces with Picket Fence Distress Paint. All the metal bits are Tim Holtz except for the three Daisy bit which is vintage. I stamped the Tim Holtz quote stamp on a scrap of paper and die cut it out to fit the ornate book plate. It is glued in place with Glossy Accents and then I coated the paper with more GA for a nice, shiny finish.
Originally I was just going to glue the bookplate in place but its a bit heavy so I ended up attaching it with a couple of brads which showed on the inside cover. What to do, what to do? Well, I ended up gluing a couple butterflies in place over them. They look much better than those brad prongs!