Friday, 1 September 2017

Altered Book Box for A Vintage Journey

Can't believe that September is here.......where has time gone my friends xx. Today I am sharing my make for the new challenge over at A Vintage Journey, which is "Altered Art"
The lovely Alison Bomber, aka "Butterfly" is our host this month and here is what Alison has to say about the challenge:
"We'd like you to get creative with recycled objects in a vintage; shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style, . Turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. Try some repurposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork. Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better."

Our sponsor this month is Simon Says Stamp and you can view the details of their prize over on the  AVJ blog HERE

I decided to alter a book box that I purchased quite a few years ago at Portobello Market, London.
You can see how the book looked prior to the alteration
 The opening
 Prior to painting masking tape was applied to prevent the paint from going on to the lovely faux gold pages.
 The back, front and sides  were then painted with Decoart Chalk Paint in Rustic, a delicious warm brown.
 Then Decoart Chalk Paint in Lace  was applied to the centre as I did not want the dark brown paint to be the background for my napkin.  Decoart Crackle Medium was then applied to the book cover and left to dry.
 Below you can see the gorgeous crackle when the Lace chalk paint was applied over the top of the crackle medium
 Decoart Matte Varnish was applied to seal the crackle and prevent any future damage.
 Distress Inks, namely Vintage Photo and Blue China, were applied all over the cover, with a heavier application around the edges.
 Oxford Impressions Venezia Stamp Set provided the gorgeous mask and other stamped embellishments as seen below.
I also decided to use the remaining piece of napkin to create a matching candle.
 The back of the book depicting more of the Oxford Impressions Venezia stamps.
 Thank You so much for popping in today and I do hope you can join in with our fabulous challenge. 
To view the array of altered projects created by my fellow Creative Guides just click HERE
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for leaving a comment. They are really appreciated and I shall certainly return the compliment.
Best wishes xx
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  1. What a great make for this challenge Annie. A great way to use something that has been around for awhile. Great colors and textures. Hugs, S@ndy xx

  2. Wow Annie, what a fantastic alteration, the book looks amazing and I just love the matching candle!! Brilliant work my friend!!
    Waving hi from Australia where luckily I can finally access blogs again :o) xxx

  3. Love your altered book box and matching candle Annie, the wonderful crackle and napkin design with the additional stamped elements looks amazing xxx

  4. Fantastic book and candle. Hugs, Valerie

  5. What a fantastic transformation this is Annie, the images you used are gorgeous and the crackle you achieved is incredible. The vintage colour tones are superb. I love that you did a matching candle too, these must look wonderful in your home! Hope you have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Well, that book box certainly benefitted from the makeover - it looks just fabulous. The crackle and the vintage travel images are so lovely. I love the matching candle - what a wonderful piece of altered art home decor.
    Alison x

  7. A really lovely complimenting pair! Annie. The crackle on your book box is fabulous and love how you have enhanced it with the distress inks. Fantastic imagery too . You really do have/ find some wonderful napkins and are so talented at using them in your art . Hope you have a lovely weekend x

  8. What a fabulous makeover of your book Annie and a candle to match. The crackle is just fabulous and is such a wonderful backdrop for all your wonderful details. Fabulous altered art! Jennie x

  9. OH WOW.. that is brilliant now!What a fantastic alteration!

  10. Oh how cool is this! Great images and beautiful crackle. A really amazing altered project. Hugs, Autumn

  11. Oh my goodness Annie, your talent and imagination has brought this to life. Love the masks and that crackle looks fantastic too. I bet you had fun designing this using all those lovely mixed media pieces. Thank You for sharing with us too. Hugs Mum xxxx

  12. A fabulous alteration, the book box looks beautiful and so does that candle.
    Yvonne xx

  13. Fabulous transformation of this book box cover! Love that napkin image (where do you find these things??!) and your crackle is astounding! Love this, Annie! Hugs!

  14. Beautiful Annie, gorgeous textures from that amazing crackle treatment and great theme for your altered book box, love the matching candle too! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  15. Fabulous Annie! Your book box is stunning with that crackle and amazing image choice. Love how you have done the candle too! Great job. Nikki xxx

  16. What beautiful pieces of art Annie - I love the bookbox and how you altered it - so very pretty! Hugs rachel x


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