Lesson 3 of Elizabeth's Altered Book Class has us prepping the cover and front pages of our book and creating a niche in the back of the book. Since my book has a cloth cover and I also hope to use the cover design as a decoration, I did not prep the cover. I figure if I change my mind down the road, I can always prep it later.
It was suggested that we do something to reinforce the first pages of the book since this may split at a later date. Turns out it was a good move for my book because the back split when I was manipulating it to create a niche. More on that later. Here is what I did to reinforce the first pages:
I am pretty happy with the way the colors came out, but after opening and closing the book a few times, the color has peeled? chipped? separated? from the center line. I am guessing that acrylic paint may have been too thick over the gesso. I am wondering if I had applied a top coat of something if that would have helped. I am not very familiar with these techniques, so hopefully, someone with more experience will chime in on this.
On to the niche...remember those pages we set aside in the beginning? The ones at the back of the book we didn't thin out? Well, they became the niche. I decided to make something to go in the niche so I beaded around a moose (what else!) medallion. It reminded me of moose I saw on a trip to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.
The results of Lesson 4 will be posted in 2 weeks!