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January 21, 2008

Monday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:17 am

Good morning readers…

Today is a national/school holiday in celebration of the life and works of Martin Luther King, Jr. Which means I get to spend the day padding around the house in my slippers and catching up on my school work.

I want to thank everyone for their nice comments about my challenge #2 book.

(Edited to add that you can find more details about the book over on Flickr.)

 Challenge book #2

Challenge book #2 open

If was one of those projects that seemed to spiral out of control as I put it together. Probably because I didn’t really have an definite idea about it when I started it. I knew I wanted it to wrap over on itself but that was all I knew for sure. To be honest what I really wanted to make was a fabric cover book but I could excavate the sewing machine because my poor studio is a mess right now. I have been inspired by the cool fabric books by Sue Bleiweiss and wanted to make a few of my own.

Anyway, I finally decided to use that nice thick brown paper bag that I saved from the Chinese takeout we got last week but I didn’t want to make the same old painted brown paper cover so I decided to add some texture to it.

The process…I crumpled up the brown paper then smoothed it out and added a layer of gel medium over the whole surface. Then I put down the cheese cloth and layered more gel medium over the top of that. I originally put on a layer of tracing paper over the cheese cloth but it didn’t have the feel I was looking for so I pulled it off and grabbed some colored tissue from my wrapping paper stash and layered that on making sure not to smooth it out much as I wanted the wrinkled texture.

Once the sandwich dried a bit I painted a base coat of watered down acrylic paint with a brush over the whole surface, let it dry then used a brayer to add additional layers of paint. By using the brayer, I was able to paint the surface of the paper just highlighting the raised bits of paper with the paint. I think I used 4 colors including the base coat. What I really like about the cover is that you can see the texture of the cheese cloth down in the crevices. It also has a very fabric like feel to it.

The material ends up being fairly thick. You could use it as is for your cover or back it with card stock (like I did) or even apply it over boards for a case binding. Personally I think the unique feel of it would be lost somewhat over boards.

I’ve got enough paper left over to send out a few samples to anyone that is interested in seeing what it is like up close and personal. Just email me your address.

Of note…

I made a trip to my local Joann’s fabric store this past weekend. They were having a great sale and I had a 50% off coupon buring a hole in my pocket. I like to peruse the book section because sometimes they have some really neat ones. I came across a book for quilters called The Painted Quilt by Linda and Laura Kemshall. What a great book it is. There are lots of ideas, techniques and instructions for painting and embellishing fabrics that would make wonderfull book covers. I will be playing around with some of the techniques and will be sharing the results with you in future blog posts.

If you like playing with paints, trying new techniques and are looking for something to jump start your creativity, I highly reccommend this book.

BTW..is anyone coming in for the MidAtlantic Quilt Festival in February? Let me know as I would love to have a meetup if you are.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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