Thursday, 7 June 2018

Do judge a book by it's cover !

We're starting the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils today and the lovely Lula is our hostess for the month. Lula has chosen altering a book cover as the  theme and here's what she has to say:

Reading books has been my favourite activity forever. I am also addicted to altering ordinary items surrounding us. For this challenge I'd like you to alter any book cover. Creating an altered cover is something anyone can do because your only limitation is your own imagination.  You can use any type of books from children's books or user manuals to art journals. Don't forget to use stamping and/or stencilling and join us in the fun!

I have a couple of old books that I keep for using the pages in projects so as a way of making full use of them I decided to alter the cover. 

 After a good coat of Gesso I then decided to go down the natural colour route and used Stone and Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paints with a little bit of Irish Cream too. 

 I wanted to add texture but looking at my depleted pots of pastes the only one that hadn't gone hard was Wendy Vecchi's Translucent paste. I used a Kim Dellow stencil and to add some colour to it I sprinkled on Infusions, the paste sucks it in and keeps the colour beautifully. 

 The Infusions powders separate into different colours if you look closely at them so I wanted to pick these colours up in the rest of the project. I used Amsterdam Acrylics to lightly dab the colours that can be seen in the Infusions powders, around the edges of the cover.

 I used the same process for the back cover too, using Washi Tape as a base.

 Rummaging around in my stash I found this lovely cage, I'm not sure who it's by as it was on it's own. The flower is by Prima and I used Amsterdam acrylics to paint them both.

 I didn't want to obliterate the origins of this book, and by gently brushing Treasure Gold over the indented title it highlighted the words slightly.

  To add a little shine to the front cover I used Treasure Gold again, just brushing it lightly over the raised areas of the paste. The butterfly is also by Prima and has been painted with Amsterdam Acrylics as have the leaves. I do love how these paints blend together ! 

I hope you can join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to the rest of the team's fabulous projects !


  1. This is sooo pretty Sue - really lovely piece - those covers look fab! Hugs rachel x

  2. Love the simple elegance of this cover alteration. The colour palette is gorgeous and the texture is a lovely backdrop for the focal images.