Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Small journal #2

Good morning friends
If you saw my desk yesterday you will have seen the second of the small journals I've made. Here it is in more detail as promised. Like the last one, this started out because I had spare paper from the second heart journal I made. Other "scraps" made their way into this one too.

 I began with cutting two pieces of chipboard to fit the pages.  As many of you know I have my range of book cover kits available through Tando and one of the things that I find is that I don't use all the elements you get in a kit every time as there are so many different ways to use them. The result is I have "spare" bits, so I cut down and used a spine and a scrap of binding cloth to join the covers and also used a piece from the Geometric kit cut down to add a decorative element to the front (and back, but you'll see that just now)
 The central embellishment is the result of messing around with a chipboard circle, UTEE, Texture Treads and a melt pot ages ago. I attached it to the cover and used texture crackle around the rest. I love this crackle because if you add a thick layer you get awesome crackle but if you use it thinly you will get very very fine crackle and lovely textural effects can be created.
 I attached the pages to the spine with wire, also adding this gorgeous piece of driftwood and the wing charm too. Can't remember where I picked it up but I think it's beautiful.
 The back was kept simple with just some softer texture and the rest of the Geometric piece.
 Everything was gilded with Treasure Gold in Copper and Emerald. I stamped the decorative ends with my Fantasy Background stamp and then added a couple of layers of clear UTEE to add shine and also to have a distinction between the covers and them as they were all in the same colours.
 I enjoyed making this, even more so because I was able to use bits and pieces that I had already and was not sure what to do with.
This medallion looks amazing now but originally I was going to bin it as it looked a bit messy and the original colours were pretty yucky, now I'm pleased I kept it!
Hope you enjoyed this and that you have a great and creative day.


Isabelle Norris said...

Stunning Neil. Love the piece of wood on the spine, nice touch.

Ian said...

It's All ready be said, but stunning Neil, it really is. If only my altered Art was as good.


whyducks said...


...the yorkshire fox... said...

...fabby book Neil, great textures, smiley eyes from me :))x

Nan G said...

Cool! Great textures and love the almost to the bin medallion!

Little Artbee said...

Wow very intresting texture and the wooden element looks very good. Great artwork. I admire your inventiveness.