Hello friends! The Eileen Hull Inspiration Team has a Mixed Media Mayhem this month, in cooperation with DecoArt. Mixed media is also the theme for the May Art With Heart Challenge.
I've been looking forward to using the new Sizzix Passport Book die by Eileen, since I love to make mini books. I made a mixed media book, using DecoArt's fabulous Media line. The book was meant to look a little like a children's board book, and I used mat board also for the inside pages, instead of cardstock. I've taken quite a few photos of the two brothers, and wanted a place to document some of my favourites and to do a little theme book on brotherhood.
This is a pretty long post, let's start.
Die cut the spine and two covers from mat board using the Passport Book die. This is an XL die so you need the Extended Cutting Pads. Sandwich: Extended Cutting Pad, die facing up, mat board, second Extended Cutting Pad. Coat with a thin layer of gesso, on both sides, except for the spine, where you only need to coat one side.
Do the same with the inside pages. I really like that this die contains the inside pages too, so you don't need to cut them by hand. It also scores and adds holes to the inside pages, making it very easy to bind the album.
The DecoArt Fluid Acrylics are great, and contain lots of pigment so you only need a little bit. Mix Medium Grey into Tinting Paste, which is a great white mixing product. Paint on the top part of the covers, and drag some darker grey paint into the lighter grey. Mix a tiny bit of Prussian Blue Hue into Ultramarine Blue and paint at the base of the covers. Paint the spine red.
I was planning to use Crackle Paste, which can be a little brittle, especially on the cover of a book that will be handled a lot. To ensure that it adhered better to the background, I coated the background with a layer of Matte Medium first.
Add detail to the pages, and to the inside covers, with stencils. I used the Irregular Checkerboard and Weeks & Months stencils by Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp Stars & Dots stencil. Use the same colours as on the covers.
I was happy with how my crackle children turned out. This is such a cute stencil.
I printed all my photos 2 x 3 in in black and white. The pages were embellished with more stamping and text.
And there you can see the bird stamp again.
I should have photographed the pages before binding the book, because it was a little hard to get good photos.
The very cute mouse stamp comes from the Hero Arts Baby Animals set and the sentiment is by Kelly Purkey.
Isn't that a cute sentiment by A.A. Milne, and it will work for other themes than babies too.
The cottage is from the same Andy Skinner set as the tree and birds.
I used some Small Talk stickers by Tim Holtz as sentiments too.
I hope this post inspired you to make a little book. By changing the colours and stamps, you can make this little book fit many different themes. Or just use the techniques to make a card or an art journal page.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Paints: DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue Hue, Pyrrole Red, Carbon Black, Medium Grey Value 6, Dark Grey Value 3
Medium: DecoArt: White Gesso, Crackle Paste, Matte Medium, Satin Varnish, White Tinting Base
Stencil: DecoArt Andy Skinner: Children; The Crafter's Workshop Mini Word Association