Please welcome Lesley Sims with today’s guest post. Details of where Lesley is exhibiting next can be found at Hemingford Art Club Exhibition.
Here’s how to decorate a book cover using paint, colour & texture.
To start you’ll need:
- 2 pieces of compressed board & Bind it All (or book blank)
- Acrylic paint and or acrylic ink
- Glitter & mica powders (optional)
- Krylon pen
- Kitchen roll
- PVA glue, brush & water sprayer.
- Rubber/acrylic stamp & tissue paper,
- Versamark & embossing powder
- Texture plate(optional)
- Satiny card
1. Take 2 or 3 pieces of kitchen roll & place on stamp or texture plate. Use versamark as a release with the stamps. Wet the paper with a strong water & PVA solution & gently smooth into crevices with a brush. It will dry into a rock hard textured piece.
2. Tear the dry piece into 2 shapes & glue to front & back board covers. Work with your covers facing you together, remembering which will be front & which back. Allow for wire & holes in your design.
3. Dry, then paint wet in wet with colours that will mix & harmonise. You can add glitter & mica powders in the wet paint if you want, but take care. Less is more!
4. Stamp a design & emboss. Tear the tissue & glue onto your covers. The tissue will disappear on drying, but you can colour wash with thin paint/ink to make it integrate even more.
The Inside Covers
(tip: work larger than your covers & the off cuts will make lovely embellishments)
Using the satiny card spritz with water then drop ink or thin paint randomly over. Add more water to make the paint run & mix together, tilting the card. When nearly dry re-wet with sprayer & some colours notably blues & majentas will granulate. Also when nearly dry moisten a rubber stamp & stamp on the card, you will lift the image giving a lovely effect. This is a very experimental technique so just have a practise play. Drawing with a point into the wet paint will create darker lines.
When dry glue to inside of covers, having first painted the edges of the bare board. Trim to size & finish with Krylon. I varnish with an acrylic floor varnish. Then put together with the inner pages using a Bind it All.
Add words or embellishments as desired. On my example I have used a peel off alphabet on off cuts of the inner pages, cut to shape edged with Krylon & covered in Diamond Glaze.