Hello, hello, my sweet marshmallows!
This week we’re going left of center. “Why, Sarah,” you may be saying, “that seems like such a departure from your usual work of fields of flowers and bowls of fruit!” Yes, I know. I also know that you may need to be calling your psychiatrist if you think that’s my usual work.
No no, we’re going off the canvas. For this challenge, I want you to use something ELSE as your canvas. If you have been wanting to reproduce The Scream on your kitchen cabinets, now is the time to do it!!
OH GOD we’re out of Craisins!
This week I painted on a book. I recently made it my mission to use all of the books I have laying around here (seriously there are hundreds), so I figured out an easy way to turn one into a canvas. I am even going to give you a helpful tutorial! WHee!!
With out further yammering, here’s the painting I made this week:
I am also participating in the Summer of Color, and this week’s prompt was to use turquoise, yellow, and a splash of pink. So double duty! Actually triple duty, since I’m also using this for a SUPER SECRET project, but more on that later. *dramatic gasp* Here’s the color swatch for Summer of Color if you’re down with the OPP.. er… SOC.
This week’s video for your viewing enjoyment:
And here’s what it looks like hanging on the wall!
Nice, right? Want to make one? Follow meeeeeeee!
Okay I didn’t really go anywhere.. stop stepping on my ankles already. 😉
- Hardback book
- Something heavy enough to hold the book open and flat (alternatively you can use masking tape)
- White glue
- Matte Gel Medium
- scrap of wood large enough to go across the spines and at least 2 inches
- 1-inch drywall screws
My weighty things are road junk. Rusty pieces of god-knows-what that we found while we were out walking the dog – they’re nice and heavy! If you don’t have anything heavy and small, you can use masking tape and wrap it around the book vertically about 1.5 inches from the spine on both sides – I’ve done it like that and it works completely fine (you do have to add more glue after you take the tape off, though. DON’T FORGET IT!!). If you do have road junk or old irons or something, find what looks like the middle of the book and slap those babies down to hold it open and flat!
Once you have it all arranged to your satisfaction, get to gluin’! Start with white glue and apply a thick, globby layer to all of the edges of your pages, paying special attention to the spots where the pages meet the covers:
Once that is dry, apply an even thicker, globbier layer of gel medium, again paying special attention to where the pages and book meet.
When that is dry, make sure that your pages are all one block and that it is firmly attached to the cover. If not, you can run a bead of glue all around the edge. If you used tape, make sure you glue the spots that were covered by the tape once you remove it! My pages were attached without having to apply more glue, just FYI.
At this point, the book will be pretty floppy, so you want to firm it up with wood on the back:
Normally I use a piece about 2 x 8 inches and place one on the top and the bottom. This time, since I used a big square piece, I only used one and screwed it down with four screws. This keeps the book rigid, keeps the pages attached, and gives you a place to add hanging hardware! Triple duty!
Once that’s done, you’re finished! as you can see, the book is nice and flat. It’s very secure and hangs fabulously.
If you have gaps in your pages like I did, just fill them in with gel medium. Easy-peasy.
OKAY kids I want to see what you’re up to! Link it up!