Friday 3 May 2019

Book It! A Vintage Journey challenge and Eileen Hull Passport Book

I Just love creating handmade books, mini albums and journals etc and as  a child I was an avid reader but all I seem to read about these days is new techniques and craft ideas etc. :o) x

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book to take us away to another place! This month over at A Vintage Journey we'd like you think about books - perhaps you will make a book, or a journal, create a journal page showing a scene from one of your favourite books (do please tell us what book!) or a card showing someone reading or made using text stamps, stencils or word stickers. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I attended a workshop with the lovely Antonis Tzanidakis last weekend and bought some of his papers and stamps to play with. I decided to use these to make a little grungy, mixed media passport style book.

Process steps
1. Cover some black card with patterned paper - I used Mechanical Fantasy from Stamperia by Antonis. Cut two covers from the die.
2. Cut a spine from mountboard, stamp it with the typewriter from Tim Holtz Inventor set.  Daub some paints over it, stamp it and dip in some watery colour washes using the same as you just used.

3. Add some additional colour to the papers and spine, seal them with matte medium and give a coat of clear crackle glaze and leave it to dry naturally.

4. Paint the back of the covers with the titan buff paint. With a palette knife drag over cobalt blue and quin gold and dry. Stamp. Repeat the dragging over with white gesso. Seal with a coat of matte medium mixed with both the quin gold and cobalt blue and when that is dry again give a coat of the clear crackle glaze and dry naturally.  Also crackle glaze the spine.

5. Brush everything (inside and outside of the covers) with oil paint to get into all the cracks, then rub back with a baby wipe and dry kitchen roll to leave the cracks and crevices aged with the paint.

6. Stick the covers to the spine and add embellishments to the front. It was here I swapped the inside and outside covers over. I prefer the painty layers to the patterned papers.

7. Die cut pages with patterned papers and watercoloured papers and insert them as three signatures  into the booklet using elastic.

My book is now ready to use tor any "Stuff, ideas and things"

I hope you will be able to pop over to AVJ to see some other wonderful creations from the members of the team posting this month and maybe we'll see you joining in as well?


Stamperia Mechanical Fantasy paper pad - Antonis
DecoArt premium acrylic paint- titan buff
DecoArt Media acrylic paints - Cobalt Teal Hue, Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Clear Crackle Glaze, Matte Medium
Tim Holtz stamps - Inventor
Eileen Hull dies
Tim Holtz supplies


Astrid Maclean said...

A gorgeous book making such wonderful use of the paper and the stamps, enhanced of course with your fantastic mixed media techniques. I am sure it will be a joy to write in and capture all those notes and ideas... The cover looks super and how amazing to attend a workshop with Antonis..

Gina said...

I LOVE this journal....still resisting buying that journal die set as I have so many "book" type things to work on already *aaaaargh!!!* You are such a temptress lol XXX

froebelsternchen said...

This is such a stylish journal - I am in awe of it -
journal making art at its best Brenda! WOW!

Happy weekend


Redanne said...

Brenda, the word that springs to mind is STUNNING! You have worked your mixed media magic and created such a gorgeous journal, I love the colours, the crackles are amazing and your collaged embellishments are wonderful! Hugs, Anne xx

S@ndy Diller said...

A beautiful book Brenda, I love the way you have used all the paper and the die from Eileen.

Deb said...

So wonderful Brenda, what great papers and the textures you achieved are fabulous (as always!). Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Deb xo

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous cover for your book Brenda. I smiled when i read that you would soon be filling it with 'stuff'. I'm sure you mean 'art'.
Yvonne xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Wow...such cool steps and love the paper underneith.gorheous covers!!!

Lisa said...

Wow, this is so amazing!! I love all of the stunning details!! It's so truly spectacular, Brenda!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Annie said...

Wow Brenda x love the journal cover details inside and out x the techniques used are fabulous xx gorgeous journal to record thoughts and techniques xx
TFS and huge hugs
Annie xx

Words and Pictures said...

A fabulously grungy little notebook - I completely adore the spine with that magical crackle and muted image of the typewriter innards. I'd been holding off on buying that stamp set, but may have to yield one day soon. Thank you for your multiple catching up visit. I'll be back to return the favour soon, once my weekend guest has gone home - I know I've missed some real treats.
Alison x

Susanne said...

What a beautiful journal Brenda. All the layers and crackle. And the colors are amazing! Hugs Susanne.

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous journal Brenda, the crackle effect looks amazing, loved seeing your process steps. I'm sure you will enjoy filling this little book with lots of 'stuff'
Avril xx

Julia Aston said...

Wow Brenda! so many wonderful stampings, fun colors and great textures on this little journal! Love the layers you created (I am SO bad at layering - I seem to create mud!) and the fun pieces on your cover! xx

Carol said...

Fabulous book - love the crackled painty layers - agree they belonged on the outside!! YUM !! Have a lovely evening xx

sarascloset said...

What a treat to come to your blog and see the details on this wonderful album! I love that typewriter stamp, and have it on my wish list. I may have to move it to the top of my list after seeing the way you've used it here. Such a fabulous journal to have at hand! Hugs!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I am disgracefully late visiting youblog Brenda, but having been at home and indoors for a while I am at last able to find some time at the computer! This really is a fabulous book and you know how I love crackle! Hugs, Chrisx

A Pink said...

What a fabulous grungy journal , Brenda. Loved seeing all the creative steps and watching the layers develop. So much depth of detail and colour - a real feast for the eyes.
Absoutely fantastic - tfs .

Apologes for being late - its been a busy couple of weeks and nows slowly trying to catch up.

hugs x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what an amazing make! I live how you built up the layers of paint and crackle glass on the covers, they look amazing 😁. I hope that you've had a lovely week and wishing you a wonderful weekend! J 😊 x

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Love it Brenda and great to see how it came together too. Happy creative weekend, Angela xXx