Friday, 30 January 2009

Oriental Book Covers - Finished!

I spent the morning finishing off my book covers. I had already varnished them - and they felt like leather - and I could bend them back wards and forwards without them cracking. (I was actually trying to see of the varnish would crack to add to the aged look!



I very gingerly added red to the Japanese image - bit by bit as I had varnished the cover as I mentioned so it made it a bit difficult. But I think it looks better with the red. It is so hard to photograph because of the gold work I did.




The covers I mounted on thick card (recycled cardboard box) so its really thick and strong, and then I covered the insides with Basic Grey paper, then edged it and the sides in black to give it a nice finished edge - which is hard to see as they are photographed on black velvet.


It is meant to have that 'grungey' look - took me ages - to make it look old. The gold paint on both covers is lovely and golden - but I had to tone this down to stop the glare so it looks rather dull. This too has a wonderful varnished sheen with embossed TH red mask in the middle.

I was going to add an image but thought it might be a bit OTT but depending on what I decided to fill the book with - I might got for a Japanese proverb or a saying of leave it be.

I usually give all my 'stuff' away - and just have any photos of here to remind me - but as this has turned out well - and is so much better in real life - and I just love the textures - I might just keep it for myself - well for a while anyway.

Thank you for all your lovely comments they are so very much appreciated

6 comments:

cmoh said...

Lottie...she is fabulous...just the right amount of read...

for next time...if you stick the book in the freezer once varnished you can get it to crack...this works with embossing powders also...

Keep your lovely book...eventually the perfect person will come along and you will want nothing more but to gift it...

Can't wait to see what you fill it with.

craftytrog said...

Don't blame you for wanting to keep it Lottie, it's fantastic! Love all the texture and paint effects!

Hazel said...

It is an amazing project- I love all the gorgeous texture and the gold. It is absolutely beautiful, so keep it and enjoy it :D

Angelnorth said...

This is beautiful Lottie, the texture and the gold work are fab and the splashes of red are perfect!

June said...

Oh gorgeous this is very similar to something i am in the middle of and yours is inspiring
Hugs June x

Paula said...

its turned out pretty good Miss Lottie - youre getting too good at this arty farty stuff!!
Love it!