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Push Your Boundaries…Altered Book

2014 March 5
by Micki

Welcome to eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries

We’re altering our challenges in 2014, creating one, month-long challenge, increasing the prize drawing, holding a design team blog hop, and including a product discount with each new challenge!  Check out the details below:

· We’ve combined our two challenges into one, announced on the first Thursday of each month.  This gives the design team more flexibility with challenge topics and projects and allows you more time to enter! 

· We’ll also feature a product each month, and during the first day of the challenge, you’ll receive a discount on the featured product….be sure to check for the special code! 

· Our prize drawing is increasing from $15.00 to a $25.00 gift certificate and the winner of each challenge will be announced on the last Thursday of each month and will be featured on the eP blog

· Each month we’ll hold a blog hop featuring the beautiful artwork from our design team…just scroll down to the bottom of the post for all of the links!  Talk about inspiration!!

Our challenges are about encouraging you to explore your creative journey and inspiring you to step outside of your comfort zone.  When you submit your artwork, share a unique card, scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, home décor project, or anything that you’re excited to share!  We’re looking forward to crafting with you!

Today’s special is on Liquitex Gesso and for one day only, you can save 10% on a bottle of gesso…perfect for all of your altered projects!  Simply use code GESSO03 when checking out. 

Now for the challenge.  This months’ challenge is ALTERED BOOKS!  I love altering books, either to use as an art journal by gluing or gesso’ing a couple of pages together for sturdiness if I’m altering a normal book or I love to alter books to use as a display canvas.  I raid the granddaughter’s toy chest and grab one of the baby board books, like this one:


Which ended up like this:


Because the pages in this book are thick cardboard, I used  matte Glue N Seal to glue the board pages together, leaving the middle of the book open.  Before setting it aside to dry, I used binder clips and clothes line thingies (argh, I’m tired and can’t think of the name….) to ensure that the pages would stay put while drying:


Once dry, I lightly sanded the surface and painted inside, sides and outside with white gesso.  Once dry, black paint was added because  I wanted a black background.  I could have used black gesso, but I decided on the black background at the last minute because I finally had an idea.  One from my Wild Art of Abandonment 2 class with Junelle Jacobson…she did a night time skyline canvas using tissue tape and paper pieces.  For my little display, I used scraps of papers.  Cut them haphazardly and and glued these to the board book:


At this point I do believe I used my fingers/hand to apply the glue.  I didn’t worry about it looking pretty, or about the thicker glue strokes.  I just put the pieces down and went for it.

After that was dry, paint was added.  The windows were painted yellow and to add some shimmer, a coat of  Silks Acrylic Glaze – Sunflower was added.   I used Faber Castell Big Brush Markers and my fingers to add texture and depth.  Some doodling with a black pen, some stenciling and I was done:





I had so much fun with the houses, that I didn’t think the rest of the background or the title through, but it was fun and it was fast.  At least the houses were.  I dilly-dallied around with the title too long Smile.   I absolutely love altering these board books, they make an awesome display-ready canvas!!!!  My granddaughters on the other hand, keep wondering where all their books disappeared to.

Now for more inspiration and all the details, head over to the eP blog and then join us as we Push Your Boundaries!

Can't wait to see what you create!

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7 Responses
  1. March 6, 2014

    I am going to have to raid my attic for an old board book from the kids … I never thought about using the board books …. love it!! (And I just adore Junelle Jacobson, she is my FAVORITE teacher ever!!)

  2. March 6, 2014

    Love your illuminated village! What a great idea., love the colours and textures x

  3. March 6, 2014

    Oh my goodness Micki…this is superb!! You know I love houses and looooving what you created…loooove….just saying,lol!

    Big hugs



  4. March 6, 2014

    Fabulous book Micki! Love the houses they look fantastic against the black background. Sue C x 

  5. March 7, 2014

    That was so FUNNY about your grand daughters wondering where their books are disappearing to!  LOVE the night scene and your buildings and how the street looks like cobblestone!  THIS is just FANTASTIC, Micki!

  6. Lisa S permalink
    March 9, 2014

    A have a few 😉 children's books lying around since I could never give them away. Great idea to alter the thicker cardboard ones. :) Love how your altered book turned out and the title is perfect.

  7. March 17, 2014

    What a fantastic night scene, Micki!  I'm just going to have to "borrow" more of the grandkids books and play with the black.  Love how this turned out!!

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