Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Haven of Books Canvas:READ

Happy New Year Peeps!

     After our family "company" left it was time to get out the supplies and make something.
I opted for another canvas decorated with books.

The idea came from a YOU  TUBE video....the artist is Vicky Papaioannou entitled Art Journal Page:Reading. I watched it several times, made a canvas and sold it at a craft fair in November.

This is the one I completed today.......READ.....

This is the first one that I did. The canvas is much smaller. It was a good start for my first one. There is a learning curve if you haven't been to art school and learned how to work with some of the mediums.

The above canvas had a grey cardstock base and books that were hand made as shown in the youtube video. Images from the internet.

This canvas I used paper from, Emma's Shoppe Collection}Books #E5855
Glue using medium to a cut up empty roll from paper towels. Distress edges with Tim Holtz Walnut stain.

Below: Cover the canvas with tissue paper. I used Tim Holtz music and dictionary words. Stain with distress ink, faded jeans on bottom, tumbled glass on top and walnut around all the edges. Mix modeling paste with black acrylic paint and stencil on eye chart(or whatever you want)
Build books one at a time allowing to dry in between....patience is a virtue....I am still working on that part...sometimes I can't wait so I rush things a bit.....having to weigh down the books so they will stick...
I printed off Alice from the Graphic's Fairy and placed her on the right side of the canvas after coloring with Tim Holtz distress ink markers.

Stamp a library card with "Books" and add any other stamps. These were from Tweety Jill's Book Artist and Vintage School Days.

Then I decided to add several clocks and Ex Libris card plate from Pottery Barn. It was lacking something at the top....a vintage alphabet printed off, colored, distressed and backed with blue cardstock added to distressed tag punched from Creative Memories....add jute string and I thought it was done.....

Then I decided to add a frame of the small books not around the canvas I went taking several hours to finish....Now a 4 day project is finally done.

Tada: (is that a word?)

Close ups: haha, I should have swept off the back porch before the photos!

You really should watch the video. It is 20 min. long but very detailed. Vicky is a great teacher! My books are a little more wavy than hers.....but this is crafting.....not an exact science I am sure! 

Email me if you have questions.

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  1. You did a great job. I love how yours turned out.

  2. This is so fun! I love all the vintage elements to it! Thanks so much for sharing at " Hit Me With Your Best Shot link party" We hope to see you again!

  3. Love this! I want to try one too now :)

  4. Oh Lynda, that is absolutely stunning - I will have to watch the video when I can, but I just love what you have done! Yours is so original & lovely ....


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