Hello my friends and welcome back to the craft room and todays Book Page Flowers post. This is a continuation of last Sunday’s post where I made my own clear gesso. If you would like a refresher on that post, or if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here: DIY Clear Gesso. The original inspiration for this project came from a video by Ceri Griffiths and his video How to Create Easy Book Page Art. Let’s get right into to day’s post.
The Book Page
For this step, you can use any type of book page you desire. For today’s project I am using a page from the Janet Evanovich Plum Lucky book. To tone down the text, I started by adding a light layer of Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress paint over the page.
At this stage you can still read the text, but it is muted. In the next few steps the text will fade farther into the background.
Time to work on the flowers. I am using the Spring Peony stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps and Black Soot Distress Archival Ink with my Misti stamping tool. Because the tissue paper is so thin I added a piece of copy paper underneath it.
This tissue paper I’m using is from some packaging so mine is pretty wrinkled. This will add a nice texture to the final project.
In the original video tutorial, Ceri used a glue stick to adhere the stamped tissue paper to the book page. I’ve never had much success with glue sticks so I ran the painted book pages through my Xyron machine.
After adding the tissue paper to the book page I added a light layer of my DIY clear gesso and set them aside to dry.
Coloring the Book Page Flowers
To add color to the floral images I chose to use my AlteNew Watercolor Essential 12 half-pan set and two Royal & Langnickle Zen brushes in size 2 and 20/0. The leaves were colored with a combination of Forest Glade and Citrus Burst. I added a bit of darker shading with Emerald.
The flowers were colored with a combination of Citrus Burst and then I added a bit Warm Sunshine as an accent color. To color the stems of the flowers I used a bit of Water Sprite from the Glitz-sea water color set by Jane Davenport.
The Finished Book Page Flowers
Here is a before and after image of the flowers. You can see that the book text is still visible under all of the layers. It’s not the focal image of the flowers though, just an interesting addition.
Thank you so much for joining me in the craft room for today’s tutorial. This was such a fun project to work on. Join me next week when I use these Book Page Flowers on a card project. Until then, have a fantastic week!
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