Thursday, April 30, 2015

52-Weeks of Book Binding, Journals and more...

Week 18
Illuminated Transcript

Looking through the Winter 2015 Magazine Issue of Pages by Cloth Paper Scissors, I found this article on how to make an "Illuminated Transcript".

The red back ground was painted using black and red acrylic paint.  The blue triangles and circles were painted with black and turquoise acrylic paint.  Both were painted on heavy cardstock.  I drew the bird design and the top and bottom Mandalas on heavy cardstock.  The center Mandala was a stamped image. Gold leaf was added to the illuminated letter and then embellished with vines.  The design on the blue triangles were drawn in using a black 03 permawriter.

I had fun creating this page.  The only thing I would do differently next time, is use colored cardstock instead of using acrylic paint.  I can see doing many more pages and binding them into a book.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

52-Weeks Book Binding, Journals and more...

Week 17
Earth Day

Yesterday was Earth Day, so to celebrate, I made a Junk Journal.

I used a left over priority mailer for the cover, and for the inner pages, 
I used left over papers, envelopes, magazine pictures...

some scrapbook paper, paper bags, dryer sheets...

mulberry paper, pallet paper, cards... 

color catcher and more and attched them to the covers with a simple pamphlet stitch binding.

I added more scrapbook papers...


and some painted Unryu Paper using Washi Tape.

I also made some fold out flaps using decorative duct tape.

And there you have it.  A fun journal waiting to be used in whatever fun creative way, I choose.   

Thursday, April 16, 2015

52-Weeks of Book Binding, Journals and more...

Medieval Book

Last Sunday, April 12th, I took a Book Binding class at Piecemakers with Mimi Halo.
With Mimi's help and guidance, we created this open spine Medieval Book.

Front Cover

To cover my book boards, I used Unryu Paper I painted with Twinkling H20s.  Some Mulberry Bark around the book, a branch from my grapevine and some decorative papers. A door knocker to enter and a spider for fun.

Back Cover
The back of the book was decorated as well.  A few pieces of decorated paper, and some feathers.  Might they be from a quill?  After all it is a Medieval Book...


The signatures and covers of the book were brought together with decorative stitching.

Inside Front Cover
Some of my signatures were wrapped with more decorative paper.  The inside cover has a free form pocket to add secret notes or letters.

Title of the book: "Story of a Soul.

Some of the inside pages.

I made a little booklet to go with my Medieval Book with the left over papers I had.

The booklet fits nicely into the pocket of the back cover.  A sweet little book for jotting down fond memories, or not, but mostly to keep and treasure for days to come.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to use "Ice Resin"

As a design team member for Blue Twig Studio, I was able to work and experiment with "Ice Resin" this month.  I have never worked with Ice Resin before so, experimenting with this product was lots of fun.  I learned that you can use Ice Resin on virtually everything.  

Here are a few examples I created using the Ice Resin:

Key Rings
Tile Coasters
The Ice Resin gives a nice smooth glossy finish to your projects as you can see here in these two images. 

To learn more about Ice Resin and the full tutorial on how to make the Key Chain, Tile Coaster, and more, you can go here.  Experiment and see what you can come up with using the Ice Resin.  The possibilities are endless.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

52-Weeks of Book Binding, Journals and more...

No-Sew, No-Glue Booklet
aka Slot/Tab Booklet

Looking through the Winter 2015 Magazine issue of Pages by Cloth Paper Scissors, I found this article on how to make a No-Sew, No-Glue Book aka Slot and Tab by Indira Govindan.

She made two versions.  One in paper the other using fabric.  I followed her instructions to make my own Slot and Tab Book.  She used inks and stencil and on mind, I painted the pages with Gesso.

I had a little trouble trying to put mine together.  The slot pages kept tearing, but I solved that problem by reinforces those pages.  She had a cover for her book, so natually, I made a cover for mine.

I made the cover pages a bit larger for both front and back, so I would have a fold over.  Then I added washi tape to cover the spine and help reinforce the pages, so they would hold together nicely.

And there you have it!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

52-Weeks of Book Binding, Journals and more...

"Easter Egg Booklet"

Because Easter is Sunday, I made an Easter Egg Cover booklet.  Using watercolors and pattering, I created the cover for this booklet in no time.

Using Strathmore Watercolor Cards, I drew an egg shape lightly in pencil, on the front of the card.

Then, using a paint brush, I wet the inside of the shape with water.  I used Twinkling H20s to add color to the egg shape, letting the colors blend.  I also added more water, so the colors would run into each other.  Then I set it aside to dry.  If you want to hurry up the drying process, you can use a heat gun for this.

After the watercolors dry, start to add patterns to the different colored shapes.  I let the different shapes of the colors guide me.  When adding patterns, try to balance the patterns, so one side is not more dominant then the other side.

I used five sheets of computer paper for the inside pages.  I cut the paper to fit inside of the card and folded them in half. I then punched two holes in the papers and card.  I used ribbon to bind my booklet and tied a bow to finish it off (see above picture).

Your booklet is now ready to journal, sketch or to give away.