Turquoise Altered Book

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).


The back.


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.


About Sam

A lover of crafts and art trapped in the mind of an accountant. My dream is to someday be set free of the cubicle prison. Meanwhile, I craft and I create to set my mind free.
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11 Responses to Turquoise Altered Book

  1. craftytrog says:

    Your book cover is stunning Sam, fantastic techniques & I love the colour!

  2. scrapmad says:

    Hi Sam…your altered book cover is stunning,the brown paint really worked…loved your step by step!!
    Thank you so much for linking up to eclectic Paperie.

  3. Micki says:

    AWESOME. Love your picture tutorial, which means I’m so going to try this. It truly looked like metal. Simply stunning. Thanks so much for playing along with eP’s Get Altered challenge.

  4. Deborah V says:

    That is gorgeous. It makes me want to try my hand at altering a book again. Mostly I wind up with ruined books. Thanks for sharing your technique.

  5. That’s incredibly gorgeous, totally stunning, and a jaw dropper. So glad you joined us for the altered books challenge at eclectic Paperie!

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  7. Loads of inspiration in this – I have a few ideas rolling around already..

    I really must drag out my 10 second studio stuff, loved them when I just got them – but they just slowly over time crept into the back of the draw..

    Lovely work..

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