This week is Anything Goes week on the Tando Creative blog so as I am loving all things journals and books at the moment I decided to decorate one of the gorgeous mini books with a flexible spine...
I started by using white gesso to prepare the surface of the book then added layers of fluid acrylic with a brayer (hansa yellow light, pyrole orange and pyrole red). Using the same orange I added some stencilling using the Tando mini flourish stencil...
To create extra detail in the background I used a cross stamp and the text from Andy Skinner's Steampunk set with archival ink.
The Tando heart was painted with white gesso and then I used a palette knife to apply crackle paste. Once this had dried it was painted with pyrole red and then black antiquing cream added. When dry I rubbed this back and in some areas rubbed some of the paint off too to create an aged and distressed look. Gilding wax was then added as well and some black archival ink around the edges to make the heart stand out. Some of the same text stamp was also added to help tie the heart in with the background...
Wings from a butterfly stamp were cut out and lightly coloured with sparkle pen before liquid glass was used over the top and once dry these were added behind the heart and all of it adhered to the book cover. I used a couple more little Tando hearts with the same paint and black ink to add next to the heart. The sentiment was added using some stickers and then pages added to the book using a piece of elastic as the binding...
Here are the products used:
* Mini Book Pack 2
* Grab Bag of Hearts
* Tando Mini Flourish Stencil
* Decoart Mediums - White Gesso; Crackle Paste; Liquid Glass; Antiquing Cream
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Andy Skinner - Steampunk Stamp Set
I am really looking forward to decorating the other books to make a whole set now!
Thank you for looking and happy crafting,