Hi friends! This month we’re focusing on upcycling thrift store finds or other found items into amazing pieces of art. Therefore, I decided to incorporate some of my thrift store purchases into an altered book.
I used ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez to create a galaxy scene on the book, as well as to color metal, glass, clay, and ceramic embellishments. ColoriQue is a wonderful product for mixed media projects that contain a variety of textures and surfaces.
These are the items that I picked up at the thrift store. My two favorite pieces are the metal photo holder and the ceramic tile. The interesting tile was the main inspiration for this piece. Be sure to visit often in the coming months to see how I use my other finds!
To begin, I used a craft knife and electric drill to cut areas from the book pages to hold embellishments. More specifically, the tile, several small light bulbs, and one arm from the metal photo holder. Once I placed the embellishments into the book I glued the pages together with a white PVA glue. Then, I applied a light coat of white gesso over the top two book pages. I let the book dry overnight.
To add color to the book pages, I used an art dauber with Honey Bee ColoriQue on and around the tile, the light bulbs, and the metal photo holder. Next, I used art daubers to sponge on Ruby Slippers, Moss Landing, and Pacific Ocean ColoriQue to the pages. I used an art dauber to apply Black Diamond ColoriQue over both pages while the ink was still wet. Then, I used a wet paper towel to blend, and in some spots remove, the ColoriQue. (Wet ink can be removed from the portions of the book with a base layer of gesso. The areas of the book without gesso soaked up the ink.) Finally, I used a paintbrush with Snow Summit ColoriQue to highlight a light bulb “star” with rays and to add a splattering of smaller white stars.
While I was working with wet products, I cut a small photo to fit inside the metal photo holder. After I glued the photo in place I applied a layer of ColoriQue Sealant over the picture to seal and protect the image. I left the book open to dry overnight.
To add texture to the smooth covers of this altered book I decided to emboss Super Lightweight Modeling Clay. To begin, I flattened out two portions of clay roughly the size of the embossing folder, using my fingers. Next, I placed the clay inside the embossing folder and then rolled over the folder with a brayer. After removing the clay pieces from the folder, I let them sit overnight to dry. Designer Tip: Sandwich the clay between two layers of plastic wrap to help with removal from the folder!
First, I applied a base coat of Black Diamond ColoriQue to the covers of this altered book. Next, I glued the clay pieces to the covers. Again, I added ColoriQue in the same fashion as the inside pages.
Next, use an art dauber to apply Black Diamond ColoriQue to each clay piece. Apply and blend the ink until satisfied.
Cut star-shaped pieces of lace slightly larger than metal stars and glue to the covers. Use an art dauber to sponge Honey Bee ColoriQue onto metal star embellishments. Glue on top of lace stars. Use a paintbrush with Snow Summit ColoriQue to add rays to the metal stars and a splattering of smaller white stars.
Lastly, glue a chipboard title to the front of the altered book. Set aside overnight to dry fully.
I glued some lyrics from “Moonchild” by Chris Cornell to the inside pages of the book once the book was completely dry. I also added some doodling with a black pen.
This book dried up quite firm, and I wanted it to be able to open, close, and lay flat. I decided to split the binding with a pair of scissors, punch holes, and then stitch up the book with colored twine. I added a bundle of ribbon to the spine as a final embellishment.
I am so pleased with the way this altered book turned out and adding color to the project was easy using ColoriQue. There are 15 colors in the line, which ones will you choose for your next project? I hope you enjoyed my project and thank you for stopping by today.
- ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Grape Vine, Moss Landing, Pacific Ocean, Frisco Bay, Turquoise Mountain, Honey Bee, Ruby Slipper, Black Diamond, Snow Summit
- ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Sealant
- Art Daubers
A special thanks to Activa for supplying the Hearty Super Lightweight Air Dry Clay.
Other Supplies: Book, Lace, Ribbon, Twine, Lightbulbs, Metal Stars, Metal Photo Holder, Ceramic Tile, Chipboard Letters, Glue, White Gesso, Black Pen
Tools: Craft Mat, Single Hole Punch, Scissors, Craft Knife, Electric Drill, Forstner Bit, Drill Bit, Paintbrush