More Ground to Cover
I am experimenting more and more with digital ground. (If you haven't checked out my first post on the subject you can here.) I have a paper mache book box that I thought would make a good surface to play with. I started by covering it with old dictionary pages, inside and out, lathered it with gel medium and carelessly slapped down the pages. After the pages were decoupaged, I laid crinkled tissue paper on top for extra texture.
I learned from the paper mache mailboxes (my first experiment with digital ground) that it works best when applied with a little spritz of water and then quickly dried with the heat gun. You don't have to dry it completely, just enough to bring out most of the cloudiness.
I knew that I was going to work with neutral colors, brown and beige but I didn't have any brown spray ink. (I wasn't going to use paint to do this, I wanted spray ink, like distress stains.) So I grabbed me an empty spray bottle. Filled it halfway with water and then added a good squirt of Walnut Stain Reinker. (This is my ingenuity working here. Or my frugal side. Idk which one)
Using the heat gun, I manipulate the ink around the surface to create a watercolor effect. It also allows the ink to dry thicker in some spots than others which looks really awesome. When dry, I Distressed the edges of the book with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo distress ink to add a bit of wear and tear appeal. You could really go in a number of directions with this project but I decided that I liked it just the way it was: simple and vintage.
I tore a square chunk out of rubber cabinet grip and a psych of cheese cloth for the base of my cover. Then just layered my embellishments in an order that I liked. I used an old rusted hinge thingy and paper crafted flowers to be the center and added some grunge board garnishes to accentuate the hardware.
And this is it!
|This mini book is 4" wide 6" tall and 1.5" thick|
Available in my Etsy shop!