Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Tiny Tutorial: Cloth Covered Journal
I created this journal with unprimed artists canvas, spray gesso, Luminarte twinkling H2Os, hand carved stamps, grommets and my sewing machine. The interior pages are watercolor paper.
I used purchased stencils and spray gessoed them on the canvas.
After the gesso was dry, I used a variety of Luminarte Twinks to color the canvas.
The color is bold when wet, and dries lighter.
I put it outside to dry thoroughly.
And sprayed it again with spray gesso and a stencil or two. I love the heavily layered look.
Back in the studio, I stamped directly with the bottle and my hand carved stamps over the surface.
I stamped on commerical fabric too. I added batting to the back of my canvas cover, and cut out the flower and free motion stitched it to the canvas.
I stitched around some of the stamped shapes too.
Above is the cover, then a layer of batting and at the bottom, a piece of fabric for the interior of the bookcover. I stitched them all together, down the center binding.
I stitched around the edge of the cover, then zig-zaged stitched a few times around the edges.
This elephant is another journal cover in progress.
I added grommets in the center spine and the edge of the book cover, and cut watercolor paper to fit, and attached it to the spine with ribbon.