Friday, April 12, 2013

Victorian Style Altered Book Cover, Lace, Ribbon, Flowers...

I have been having a blast...! I have been sewing and painting and gluing and all kinds of things the last couple of days. My BFF Pamela Joy got me started and out of a rut, and I have been really having a lot of fun. One thing she did to help me, was to get me started working with fabric more in my mixed media art. I now LOVE fabric and trims, and all of the textures and designs! I decided to use some of the fabric that I have accumulated recently to cover a Victorian book that I have started altering. Here are some of the book covers that were on the book originally, but I decided to recover the book in a style more suitable to the inside of the book...

Now, here is what it looks like, although the scan is a bit blurry you can get the idea...

I used a more subdued floral print (drapery material from Goodwill!) for the inside panels of the book cover, then added laces, ribbons, jewels and bead embellishments to the entire cover, along with some lovely 3D flowers held together with a butterfly brad and secured with a strong adhesive. I am really pleased with how this turned out! On the spine of the book, there is a ribbon made of white fabric roses and it just really sets the whole thing off. I covered the back as well, and it looks just the same as the front, minus the 3D embellishments such as the flowers, ribbon and jewels. So, I hemmed the edges of the inner floral panels on my sewing machine, and then glued all of the components on using E6000 and Fabri-Tac made by Beacon. Fabri-Tac seems to be a really sturdy glue and you can find it at Walmart, and Michaels I believe among other places, and E6000 (can even be found in the Dollar Store!) should be in every mixed media artists toolbox, in my opinion!

Here is another fabric altered book cover I made a while back, using fabric scraps and a few 3d embellishments, ribbon roses, a tag, and a few Prima flowers, all held together with a brad and securely glued down to the front cover. E6000 strikes again!  I really enjoyed making these covers, they are a bit more "frilly" than my usual mixed media art style, but still very fun to create...

What have YOU been working on??? Made any hand painted or fabric covers for your art journals/altered books? I would love to see a link in your comment post, linking to your most recent mixed media art piece you are doing or just finished!

Happy Creating!
Laura Shelton Thykeson

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