Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Geisha Mat Board Book


I created this little book for the May challenge on The Craft Garden Challenge. After having design teams and challenges of my own, I though it might be nice to see how the other half lives and try it from the other side. I am really enjoying the time and playing freedom my Art With No Boundaries magazine is giving me these days and though it would be fun to design for someone else for a change. This is my very first project as a member of The Crafty Garden Challenge Design Team and I am so excite about it.

The main focal point for my book is my Framed Geisha Montage 2 digital stamp. It has been colored with Pismacolored pencils and blended with oderless turpentine suing paper stumps.

On the Front
The black layer directly underneath my Geisha has been cut with a postage stamp die cut from Provo Craft and then gold pen has been used on the edges.

Distressed and painted Text Background. For the layer directly underneath my Geisha and the die I used part of a page from an old second hand book on the left and a piece of torn patterned paper on the right . The text paper has been distressed and painted with India Ink, white ink, a bit of glitter and tiny smidgens of  red and pink acrylic paint. The black circles on the text  background were created with the bottom of the ink bottle.

The Cover:
The covers for the book are made from left over mat board which I use for framing. The mat board was covered with the same patterned paper used for the Text background layer. I cut two pieces about 3/4 inces larger than the mat board. I then glued the mat board on one side and trimmed the corners. I folded the corners as shown in the photo above and then then glued them down. I continued to glue down all 4 sides. I then another piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the piece of mat and glued this over to hide the sides I had glued down. I repeated this for the back cover.

Before gluing all the separate pieces for the cover together, I wrapped gold cording around the text layer three times and adhered the ends to the back with tape. I then glued all the pieces together leaving a bit of room at the top of the Geisha to insert some coiled brass as an accent. I finished it off by cutting off the back of a vintage metal button and glued it to one side of the brass coil. All the layers have been outlined with gold pen.

Yes that's a really old bottle of Speedball ink above, I have had it for so many years, it is probably vintage by now. :)

Materials List:
Framed Geisha Montage 2 by CD Designs
Prismacolor pencils, odorless turpentine and paper stumps
India ink, glitter and red and pink acrylic paint
Page from a second hand book
Patterned paper, black cardstock,
Gold Pen (Pilot)
Gold cording, Vintage brass button
Long strip of white cardstock for book pages
General Adhesiveness and cutting tools

The theme for this months challenge on The Craft garden is to use any 4 of the following: Flowers, buttons, ribbon, pattern paper, paint/mist, yarn, the color pink, white background. I used Flowers on my patterned paper, paint, the color pink and white (for my pages) Hope you enjoyed the book as much as I did creating it, for more great projects from The Craft Garden challenge team and play in this month's challenge, visit the blog. The Craft Garden

The theme for this

My Geish Board Book has entered the following challenges:
Make my Monday ... Anything but a Card
Love to Create ... Die cut ... (I used the Postage stamp die cut from Provo Craft
That Craft Place ... Altered
Paper Time Tuesday ... 118 Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu ... Anything Goes


Laura Mackie said...

Thank you for joining us this week at MMM with your cute book, xx

Mynnette said...

LOVE the gorgeous image you used--and the patterned papers are fabulous! LOVE the Asian influence! Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

PS: I have a DT call going for a new challenge called House of Cards if you're interested! :)

Jacqueline said...

I love hand made books and yours is stunning - you've used a gorgeous image for your cover. Thanks so much for joining in this week at MMM - Jacqueline xx

Lisa M said...

A stunning piece of work here! Your book is gorgeous and all the amazing details and techniques you used to create it. Very inspirational. :)
Lisa x

Paula said...

Hi Chris It's great to see you joining in my challenge this week and using one of my favourite designs. It makes a lovely front cover for your book. An overall fabulous project and congratulations on your new dt post. Good luck and hope to see you in future challenges at Eclectic ellapu
Paula DT Leader

Desire Fourie said...

Chris this is just stunning creative as always. Love the oriental theme.
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Ellis said...

Stunning geisha book you made! =)
Nice with the wire and great colors!
Hugs, Elenor

Michele said...

this piece is genius. so many wonderful elements coming together in harmony! xo