I’m meant to be recording tutorial videos this week, but have been kindly handed a cold and laryngitis… so I’m catching up with some of the things that don’t need a voice to action! This is another project that has sat in the corner of the studio for most of the year that I decided to finish for my altered art demo day last week. I’ve upcycled various greeting cards that were saved from birthdays and Christmases into a functional and hard wearing art journal.
Choose a large card, and use a stencil and embossing paste to add your cover detail. Allow to dry. Cut the card to size, remembering to add your spine width to your overall dimensions. Score the fold lines for the spine (see pic above).
Paint gesso over both sides of the cover, allow to dry and repeat.
Add your choice of colours using acrylic paints, blending wet into wet to create a weathered leather appearance. Finally, once all is dry add gold gilding wax lightly to highlight the embossed areas.
For the inside pages, cut several cards to the appropriate size (around quarter of an inch smaller than the cover) and gesso both sides. The first coat may not stick well to glossy coatings, but the second coat goes much better.
I then used my Gelli Plate to print patterns over all the pages, using acrylics. The pages are held in place using a thin wire run down each crease and hooked over a card band top and bottom firmly stuck to the inside of the spine. This means that you can easily remove and replace any of the pages to work on, or swap order. The sample page shown above shows stamping with archival inks, lettering with Sharpies and Gelly Roll pens, and napkin decoupage to add the images of the roses.