I was inspired today by the So Artful Challenge of Turquoise and Rust along with Eclectic Paperie to alter a book. I’ve been working in this altered-book-turned-art-journal, for a while now and hadn’t done the cover yet, so today was just the push I needed.
I started with a nice sized hardback that I found at my neighbors garage sale. I think I had to read this in high school. I don’t remember it at all.
I just found the new Sizzix compass rose at my local scrapbook store: Memory Bound. I couldn’t resist it as the compass rose is now my new obsession. I used heavy weight aluminum from Ten Second Studio instead of my usual household aluminum foil, because I knew it was going on the cover of my art journal and I needed it to be fairly durable.
I added a coating of modeling paste to the debossed side for extra durability. I love the size of Apple gift cards! The gift that keeps on giving.
After adhering down the compass, I added crinkled up tissue paper for some added texture.
I found some strange paper mesh stuff in my stash that I ordered a few years back from Artchix Studio and decided to use it on the back.
I added some German foil also from Artchix to the top and bottom.
I added a coat of my favorite Lumiere paint color – Pearl Turquoise, three times.
For the rust color I added a wash of cheap acrylic brown paint, and wiped most of it off. I wanted to use it to show off all the crevasses.
For the highlights I used silver Rub’n Buff and my fancy tool, shown here (my finger).
I added a few metal embellishments from my stash. The spinner is held into place with a brad and the chain is anchored with a jump-ring that I will need to solder together. Everything is adhered with E6000.
And here is Pong. Once again, he assisted with the photographs. And as you can see – I still need to do the inside of the book cover.