I was inspired last week by Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday. Donna shared a technique using Joint Compound. All I had on hand was various weights of spackling. I used the lightest weight I had for this project which is Fast ‘n Final Lightweight Spackling by DAP. I had to add some water – of course, because it was at least a couple of years old. I smeared a thin coat on an old piece of cut up pillow case that I’ve been using as rag and pulled it at the corners as it dried to make it crackle a bit, and set it aside to dry completely.
I was amazed at how well it adhered to the fabric. I tried the same process with some Vinyl Spackling by DAP and it doesn’t adhere as well to the fabric, which gives a whole different texture – just as cool though. After it was completely try I slapped some Distress stains directly on it, and sprayed it with water until I got the effect I was looking for.
Then it was off to the chopping block! I cut it in random shapes and adhered them to a heavy duty artist trading card with some gel medium and trimmed off the excess.
I added a coat of glossy Mod-Podge to the dried surface, to give it a leathery look. I really like the effect this had down in the crevices. Not only does it look like leather, it really feels like it too. At this stage I added a little more stain to fill in those cracks a bit more.
A cool thing happened when I re-wet it; the surface became pliable again. So I added rivets indentions with a pen top and colored them with a silver pen.
I decided this would be a great journal cover, so my little ATC has turned into a tiny leather journal cover.
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