Friday, 20 February 2015

2015 Topic 3: Paint {Challenge}

Hi One & All,

Well over on the PaperArtsy blog there's another challenge go take a look HERE. This 3rd challenge is all about paint, and why wouldn't it be with the PaperArtsy Fresco Paints to play with and have you seen the new limited edition colours...Awesome!

Now I don't 'copy' very well what others do as it doesn't usually turn out very well but I thought I'd have ago at Leandra's brayered background as I just LOVE creating backgrounds.

Check out Leandra's video HERE.

So what did I make? My daughters friend's granddad has been in hospital recently and they had purchased theatre tickets which obviously weren't going to be used so they kindly passed them onto Emily. As a 'thank you' I thought I'd make them a birthday book.

Using a rather well known directory cover, for the cover I gave it a layer of chalk and then brayered away, using these colours.

Now I used a mixture of stamps and stencils to create the pattern, this is the outside of the book cover.

For the inside I used the same colours but the opposite way round using the pinks as the base and the greens/blues as the focal point, it's amazing how different a piece you can create using the same colours. To finish I gave the covers three coats of Statin Glaze.

For the inserts, I used a piece of card just smaller than the book cover and folded it concertina style making sure there were enough folds for the twelve months and gave it a wash of colour.

Each insert is made from a C5 envelope, (good quality ones that are a little over-sized so you can still fit cards & envelopes in) again brayered, stamped and then I printed the month and event table for the birthdays etc... to be written on. (The new PA months stamps would be awesome here). Then you just keep the cards in the appropriate envelope for when it's needed.

 I've decorated the backs of the envelopes too but that would be too many pics LOL.

Here are a few pics of the assembled book

Now all I have to do is make some cards to go inside!!!

I have a jar ready to have a go at painting that but doubt I'll get it done before the deadline for the link on Sunday but I'll do it as I think it would be a nice extra for mothers day for my mother in law.

Thanks for stopping by leave a message if you fancy.

Happy Craftin



  1. What a great thankyou gift Rebecca! Unique and really lovely!

    Lesley Xx

  2. Wonderful project and very colorful!

  3. Oh wow wow wow what a super gift and wow that brayered background looks awesome. I love the idea of the envelopes, really fantastic idea. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx

  4. What a brilliant idea Rebecca!! So gorgeous and colourful, and very practical too!!!