19 December 2014

Finishing the "tin" book

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I have 12 sheets that make up my book and they are painted on both sides. Stitched into signatures, that is 48 pages.


These are the first six sheets front and back


Detail of the oil pastel resist



These are the second 6 sheets



Do I sew it as one large signature or 3 four page signatures? I think all together will be too bulky. It turned out three signatures was just perfect.


I stitched the signatures with colored thread that would match the center fold.

I used pegs to hold the signature in place while I sewed. 

I knotted on the spine since the mounting will hide all.



Stitched in place to card stock.


The thread is almost invisible.



I ended up folding just the card stock cover over the hinge.



Contact cement on both the book and tin.



You can see how the folded paper bent nicely over the hinge.


Done and done!



Now I'm thinking of ways to decorate the tin front. Any ideas out there????

17 December 2014

More playing with paint

So I thought if oil pastels look so good I wonder what water soluble crayons and color briques would do.


Cretacolor Briques


Applied with a texture plate


Sprayed - messy looking.


Pink and purple are oil pastels and the red circles are water soluble.


I used a wet paint brush


When I went to Malta to visit my son and his family, my daughter-in-law asked me if I knew Karen Dash. I said no then she gave me a box of colored pencils and the name on them was Caran D'Ache. Use those pencils to colored me embarrassed!!

I've had these water soluble crayons (below) for a few years. Too embarrassing!!


Dry above and lightly sprayed below. Much more vibrant below.



ProChem decorator colors are dead cheap and are liquid acrylic paints like Seta Silk or Dye-Na-Flo. I think they are $7.98.


Scribbling with Decorator colors


Lightly sprayed


Can we all say Rorschach?







Next post I will take a few more close-up and have the "Tin" book finished.

15 December 2014

Second thoughts

When I woke up I thought maybe stitch the signatures to a cover of soft felt and leave it unattached near the hinge. It would still be hard to use as a sketchbook and that's when I came up with this great idea. Why not fill the pages with something and then have it as a tin book of art work. 

This turned into a "What if" day of trying many techniques for coloring these pages. There were so many I will do half today and half next post.


One of my favorite effects is the way watercolors shed off oil pastels so I used these texture plates (idea I got from Beata's post on the FIRE blog).


These are very inexpensive texture plates for children I bought from Dick Blick years ago.




Yes, I am actually painting on a new book!




Then I tried Dye-Na-Flo paints and splashed it on wet paper like acrylic inks.


Finally stopped painting on a new book (lazy) and put down a piece of lexan which I could wipe with a sponge.








Don't get too excited. The salt did nothing!!