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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Mixed media playtime

I love Tando chipboard sheets they are so versatile and can stand up to a real battering and in the making of this handmade art journal they certainly did that!!  As is often the way I had a rummage in my DIY cupboard and came across some 'No More Nails' and I know it's meant for putting up shelves lol ( or sticking men to walls if the advert is to be believed ha ha ha).... but I thought it would be fun to experiment so I squished (arty farty term) some all over my piece of chipboard and then attacked it with my fingers,a comb, a pen and some bottle tops.


It takes ages to dry so I had time to have a real play before I left it for a couple of nights to dry rock hard. It dries so hard you could hit it with a hammer (although I didn't try it...don't think a black eye would be much fun if it bounced back at me..lol)  When it was dry I used various acrylic paints to add colour...

another experiment but I loved the result.


I could have made a spine for my art journal with a slim piece of chipboard but decided I like the look of the stitching so just made front and back covers.  I just used a thick layer of acrylic paint in various colours for the back cover as I want the journal to lay completely flat when I open the front cover. I am going to use the journal for sketching and will probably only draw on the right hand pages leaving the left hand page clean to protect my sketches


I had so much fun messing around with this that I am sure I will do this again and I totally love the texture ...it's great for something to be tactile as well as good to look at.  Below are a few close ups of some of the pattern and texture.



See you soon
hugs
Chris xx

12 comments:

Artyjen said...

Fabulous effect...you will love sketching in that :)
xoxo Sioux

Anesha said...

Love your book and the covers are must amazing!

Rosie said...

Love the cracks! You need to get some Polyfilla Chris - it dries in 15 mins or less... so work fast!! However, for me, it's instant gratification!

Lori said...

Oooo, this looks fantastic! Love all the beautiful texture, and the colors!

Sandra Hall said...

It looks amazing Chris! The covers look almost like metal. x

Karen said...

ooooooooo WOW! This is absolutely fabulous my lovely!!! I want to reach out & touch it as there is so much texture there hahaha!!! A brilliant piece of work HUGS xxx

Netty said...

The cover is totally magic. Beautiful texture. Annette x

Kristin said...

This is just stunning! What beautiful crackle and texture you have created - so looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work, Kristin xo

jill said...

THis is great, you have inspired me once again, unfortunately I am away from a few days but I will be home by the end of the week so hope to make and blog then. Thanks for your comment, Its good to know there are people out there still looking in on me

NatashaMay said...

This is fabulous! Love all the texture.:)

Fabric Art said...

WOW Chris your book cover is gorgeous, love the texture and the colors.
Hugs Anni

Kazza said...

Ooooh this is brilliant, gorgeous, amazing. Love that scrumptious texture and the colours. Might have to rummage in hubbies shed for some no more nails (might come in handy for sticking him to a wall when I want to be left alone to craft too lol.). I would definitely struggle with the patience to leave it to dry for a few days though! Xx