Monday, April 23, 2012

Altered Book - Lesson 3


I have decided to make my book a Book of Christmas, the course should be finished in time and it will make a nice coffee table decoration. I have plenty of Christmassy supplies to illustrate each of the techniques.

Lesson 3
Prepping the outside cover of your book
Prepping the inside end pages
Creating a niche

Elizabeth suggests that you stick the pages for the niche together before adding any embellishment the top picture shows the pegs inside the niche to hold it while glueing. I left it to dry overnight then I painted the out side of the book cover with gesso and reinforced the inside with tyvek that was also painted with gesso before applying. I also chose to use tyvek for bewtween the first page and the second as I had some pieces left over from the cover. For the niche at the back I covered the inside back page with some dark blue sparkle paper and mounted my silver reindeer, I stuck the niche down after first sticking some star paper over the edges of the hole. I put some crystals inside to make a shaker, covered the opening with a sheet of transparency paper then stuck the previous page from the book on top and covered that and the previous page with blue star paper. All ready to decorate.

3 comments:

Sherry Edwards said...

Hello Paula, thanks for your comment on my book. So glad you're taking part too. I bet no-one else is doing a Christmassy theme - great idea, especially as it'll be a coffee table book. Look forward to seeing it as it develops xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is impressive. I made a Christmas AB once year and included tip-ins I received as gifts. I suspect you will be able to use some of the pockets we will make to keep a few special Christmas cards or flat ornaments you receive. I love the theme, too. Of course, that niche is wonderful, especially because I like how non-traditional the niche covering is, yet how Christmas-y it really looks! Keep those ideas coming. I'm loving this book already!

BJ said...

A book of Christmas - how wonderful. Mine sort of started like that as I am doing seasons and Winter is at the back and in my niche too. Love your reindeer. BJ