A whole roll of beautiful recycled wallpaper that she had removed from her walls. Because it's such strong material it is still in very good condition and she thought I might be able to use it for something artsy. Well duh! I was delighted with it, just look at the beautiful color and design!
So recently I decided that the first thing I would do with it would be to make her a little gift. Of course being me it would have to be a handmade book. I decided on a one signature sketchbook with good Fabriano artist's paper inside and the wallpaper to cover the outside. Here's how it turned out:
|The cover is made of 400gsm acrylic paper and covered with the wallpaper with the help of gel medium.|
|I bound it wit a narrow piece of ribbon and I really liked how that worked.|
|I covered the insides of the cover with some cardstock in a matching colour and decorated it with butterflies from the wallpaper.|
|The book has about twenty pages in it and is A5 in size. Filled with 160gsm white paper.|
|This is the whole cover. As you can see the ribbon ads a nice touch.|
|The wallpaper turned out to be perfect for this use. It's a very forgiving material and doesn't buckle or anything.|
I intend to make more books with this wallpaper. Lord knows I have a enough of the stuff for at least a couple of dozen. But the flowers and butterflies on it also make for beautiful collage elements, so nothing of this will go to waste. ;-)
After cutting the papers and coverpaper to size I had some left overs and decided to make another book with those. A little one this time and very simple indeed.
|The cover is again the acrylic 400 gsm paper, this time painted with gouache.|
|I painted the inside papers too this time.|
|I did that before I bound them so the combinations would be a random surprise.|
|The inside paper is again 160gsm drawing paper by Fabriano.|
|The paint gives the paper a completely different look and feel though.|
|You can see the acrylic paper gives way cooler effects. I stamped on the word 'notes' to finish it up.|
The second book is also bound with a ribbon. I have no idea what I will do with it yet or even if I will ever use it, but it was a fun little experiment to see how it would look. I really do enjoy making such simple little books. Hope you enjoyed having a look at them too.
Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy Wednesday!