Tuesday, 19 April 2011

WOYWW Wk 98 & A Car Boot Find.

Last Saturday I braved the local car boot and found this book for a quid! Mmm I thought I could do something with that!
It took me 'til Tuesday to wrestle with my conscience (I love books and I have got this book tucked away in a cupboard!) because what I had in mind was to 'gut' most of the pages and paint and 'play' about with the ones that I left in. I got my knife and ruler out quite a few time and then put them away again before I finally plucked up the courage to take out all but 24 pages!
Then I set about changing the cover! I had seen a Utube video earlier that I really liked the look of, using pieces of metal tape pieced together over a surface (with letters under) and then TSS wheels and other tools to decorate around the seams (I had done a similar technique with TSS metal on a mirror a while back).
Here is what it looked like.

And here is my desk for this week with the book on it after I had worked on it a bit more!
I went over the whole book with black gesso and wiped over it 'til I had taken most of it off, then when that was dry I added some Viva Inca gold in green.


The tag is an image transfer of a stone angel (the one my hubby took) (a photo of, not the whole thing!)


And a closer shot of the cover not sure if it is finished yet I may add a bit more paint/ ink and other stuff yet!

So whats on your desk today!

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13 comments:

Helen said...

I have wanted to alter a book for just yonks, but I haven't taken the plunge - I love books too and it seems wrong somehow, even if you buy one for the purpose. Hope you have fun with the project.

Angelnorth said...

The book altering is looking great (although I share you qualms about hacking up a book - I usually look for ones that are beyond redemption for a source of pages etc!)

Karen said...

WOW your book cover looks stunning!
What a great find at the boot fair as well :)
Have a lovely WOYWW,
Karen #41

Dawn said...

That book looked fabby I wonder what the pages in side were like? Well the metal journal looks cool. I love the angel transfer to.

love Dawn xx

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

That just looks amazing - I love it. I will have to check out you tube for the tutorial.
Thanks for sharing.
Rebecca (44)xx

okienurse said...

Love the book cover...awesome job. I think altering a book takes a lot of courage cause we were always taught not to damage them in school. I have to tell myself at 59 I don't have to listen to the old teachers anymore but...Thanks for sharing. Vickie #28

Sue said...

Hi ya
wow i luv your book cover, im not into altering, i wouldnt no where to start, this is gorgeous,thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Sherry Edwards said...

So glad you cut into the book - what a beautiful creation - truly altered art! Love the image transferred tag too. TFS x

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Your book looks wonderful. And also your tag. Great style.
Bye Franka

Chrissy said...

Faboosh book altering!
Chrissy #93

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

This is amazing and I need to add this to my list of things to try.

Sunshine Girl said...

Well done on getting on and gutting the book! I too buy books and then cant cut them although I did buy an old Pickwick Papers novel the other week and have used pages as leaves or tag backgrounds so I am getting there too! Love the journal cover.

Tertia said...

Love what you have done with the book. I know just how you felt. I have been admiring these altered books for a while, but I was raised with a great love and respect for books, so I have never even tried it. Feels like sacriledge to me.