Friday 12 October 2018

Make today Count - panel to mini book.

Gosh I'm still showing projects I made earlier in the year - but I'm so glad I had a few held back as it enabled me to spend lots of time in my garden during the warm weather - and I'm still catching up with project deadlines now.
Here's the panel I made.

Proces steps
1.      Seal the substrate with tinting base. 
2.      Use premium acrylic paints in cobalt teal hue, primary yellow, burnt umber, pyrrole red and titanium white. Blend them randomly through a stencil (Prima).
3.      Take media acrylics in translucent white, cobalt teal hue and phthalo green blue (all translucent colours) and blend over the background with satin varnish on a sponge. 
4.      If too dark rub over with dry kitchen roll and then spread translucent white with satin varnish over, let it pool, dab some off if necessary and dry. 
5.      Dip and dry in cobalt blue and titanium white mixed media acrylics. 
6.      Repeat step 4 with raw umber media acrylic. 
7.      Splatter with white media acrylic. 
8.      Add some random and torn tissue tape. 
9.      Stamp with black archival ink. 
10.  Add embellishments. 
11.  Sand and ink the edges.

Stamps are by Andy Skinner. This is from the Stampendous Shabby Chic set.

Paper dolls by Tim Holtz.

So that was the panel finished ......

..... but I decided to use it to make another little book for my shop space.

The pages are from a watercolour paper pad cut to size ....

.... and I used green thread to match in with the colour tones.

I used a coptic binding so that the journal open right out and lies flat when you use it.

I just simply tied it up with ribbon to keep it closed.

Making art on panels is a fabulous way to create and then to use the panel to make a book of your own is even more pleasurable.



Jennie Atkinson said...

Gorgeous Brenda! such a fabulous mix of colours and what a stunning cover it makes for the lovely book xxx

Redanne said...

Your panel covers are gorgeous Brenda and I love how the coptic binding co-ordinates with the beautiful colours on the covers - just beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

Gina said...

Perfect sentiment and cover for your journal....I try to make every day count and try learning something new each day too. Your posts are always worth time in my day XXX

Meggymay said...

Its a fantastic journal cover and a super colour combination.
Yvonne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Absolutely gorgeous and like always super process steps! Very impressed with the Coptic binding!!

Lisa said...

Wow!! It's so stunning, Brenda!! The background looks so amazing!! I love the colors!! So, so gorgeous!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Glennis F said...

This is stunning Brenda - my favourite colours too.

BTW I am still curious as to who won the lovely stamp set you were offering as a giveaway

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Pinned this journal cover! The background is fabulous, and so soft and chic with the wording! LOVE the ladies too.

Susanne said...

Beautiful book Brenda, hugs Susanne

Kate Yetter said...

That white background really makes those beautiful teals pop out. The fabulous watercolor background is lovely...and that binding! A stunning little book.

froebelsternchen said...

I LOVE this colour and your unique and masterful bound journal! Simply gorgeous Brenda! Creative wishes from

sarascloset said...

Such a lovely journal! The covers are beautiful with those colors and design, and your binding is fantastic! Love it! Hugs!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous journal Brenda and loving your choice of colours and detail. Happy crafty week, Angela xxx

Annie said...

This is so beautiful Brenda x I love the blended background and gorgeous stamping, complete with those paper dolls x

TFS and sending huge hugs
Annie x

pearshapedcrafting said...

An absolutely beautiful book! Love these colours! I fear I would have to look up how to do coptic stitch now - ages since I used it! Hugs, Chrisx

A Pink said...

This is a beauty - the type of book that would catch my eye and be a 'no brainer' purchase. Love everything about it.
Hugs x

Words and Pictures said...

The colours on your panel are just glorious - and what a great idea to create an album with it. The Coptic binding is perfect so that you can lay it flat to work, and the whole thing looks lovely.
Alison x