11 Jul 2013

Hand made book

France Papillon was back this week over on the Paper Artsy blog. Her first project  was a lovely little Art Journal Book...you can pop over and see it here. Well I do love hand made books so knew I would definately have to have a go at this.

I didn't have a canvas to hand so used a small wooden frame and covered it with sticky back canvas, and painted it  in honey dew. I cut a back cover in grey board and because of the different frame had to cut 2 smaller doors. All of it was painted in honey dew and when dry had a thin coat of crackle glaze. Next was a coat of London night and when that was dried I rubbed away some more of the top coat with a baby wipe Darcy style. then sanded it to rough it up a bit more.

I used grunge paper for the hinges which were embossed and a little metal fastener on the door closure. This was painted honey dew and a tiny bit of onyxite treasure gold.

I followed a video on U-Tube to do the coptic binding and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be

On the inside I stamped and painted an image from Eclectic plate 6 and painted it..used a rub on and glued it to the inside of the cover. I used a TH rub on just over the image.

After putting the book together I added some Royal amethyst TG randomly around the edges. Here is the end result!!
I enjoyed this project and will definitely use the binding method again!!

Thanks for stopping by....


  1. I love the colors and the grunge look. Brilliant!

  2. that's fab Lin - I do like your version. I'm having a go too but way behind you at the moment!

  3. WOW Lin, it looks fabulous!!

    Lovin the colour and your image is a perfect match.

    Sam xxx

  4. What a lovely book you've made!! Think I'm going to run out of time again this week for much crafting!

  5. This is just fabulous, Lin! I really want to make a book sometime, but I worry about the binding so I will definitely take a look at that video. Monique also does a great video on Japanese stab books. You should be very proud of what you've created here; a lovely little keepsake. Julie Ann xx

  6. That's gorgeous!! Well done for doing the Coptic binding.

  7. Wow! That's fantastic Lin! I chickened out of this one! Lol!
    Alison xx

  8. Impressive! You've even made your own canvas! The book looks great and the hinges are gorgeous.

  9. Terrific book, love your colours
    Janet x

  10. Gosh, I love handmade books and yours is absolutely terrific! I love especially the closure and the beautiful texture! Well, seems I LOVE the whole thing ;)

    die amelie x

  11. This is absolutely gorgeous Lin and well done on the improvisation of the cover. Gorgeous texture and your binding is beautiful and so neat.

    Lesley Xx

  12. How very cool Lin, I love what you have done here, the binding looks great. Thanks as always for your support in the GD challenges. xx


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