Friday, October 12, 2012

Creating Art With Up-cycled Vintage Books!

1. Go ahead, it's ok. Rip up an old vintage book. Just make sure first that the pages are strong, it's a boring book, and that it's not worth anything on :)

2. Paint, splatter, cover, paint. Use gesso, inks, watercolors, glitter and glam sprays. 

3. Layer, paint layer. Add funky up-cycled elements such as pieces of old tape measure, and a pinch of punchinella (from Gauche Alchemy).

4. Feature a black and white photo that brings the background design to life.

5. Add hand-made vintage book-page roses and some old shabby buttons to give it nostalgic charm and dimension.

Do you like what you see? Any thoughts or ideas? 
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  1. Wow, Jodie, this page is gorgeous. Love the colour and all that texture. xx Jo

  2. I have to second that "Wow" - this turned out beautifully.

  3. These flowers are beautiful. They work so well in the layouts.

  4. So pretty. Your LO and your flowers are beautiful . TFS .

  5. Great layout and your roses are gorgeous!


  6. Jodie,

    I absolutely love this piece that you've done. It has such a calming feeling to it. You can just breathe that feeling in. I am absolutely in love with the flowers. Will they be for sale soon? Thanks for sharing and for your inspiration.

  7. Amazing, just love it. I try things like this and it always looks a mess, wish I had your talent. and those roses, do you have tutorial for them? they are amazing, definitely going to grab some old books for layering and try again after looking at this, glad Frank Garcia pointed me to your blog.

  8. Your colors and textures are always so softly beautiful, yet full of life! The roses are just perfect! I have a lot of old books here in very poor shape (wouldn't be worth anything on Amazon, for example). I definitely have to try this!!!

  9. You are one talented lady and I am jealous!! Barb W


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