Part of me taking my life back while trying to sell my house is to get back into making art and hanging out with my friends. This weekend I took an awesome class with many of those friends taught by the fabulously talented Gwen LaFleur at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook. It was so much fun and I learned many new techniques - especially different ways of using my stencils, a single page Coptic Binding Stitch and even revisited some old techniques made new with a Gwen twist! I got a pretty good start on my book in class and couldn't wait to work on it when I got home. I love how it came out, though the covers didn't come out exactly as planned (it went through a lot of ugly) I am happy with the result. My intention was also to go with a Medieval theme, which I did, but it also morphed into a more personal expression of the rediscovering of my spirituality. Funny how things 'just happen' and come out of one subconscious when you aren't looking!
The paint is pretty thick on the covers. I used my fingers to apply some Golden Tube Acrylics which is much thicker than their Fluids. I first applied Aged Scarlet EP and a Patina Bronze EP. The Bronze didn't pop as I had hoped so I applied Gold UTEE over it, which lead to much more embossing powders on the surface than I originally intended. Gwen showed us the Aged Scarlet embossing powder which I KNEW would be perfect for my book so I ran upstairs to buy a jar. Good thing the store was sold out because - hey! - I already had it at home! I embellished my cover with a couple vintage metal pieces some Liquid Pearls (which I have rediscovered thanks to Gwen!) and one of Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts Craft Blanks which I painted with Gel medium and Mica Powders. One thing I did different is to not cut my tails from the binding process, choosing instead to make a bead tassel.