Create a Fresh, New Look by Decorating With Books
I'd like to first tell you this isn't a new craft, just new to me and now that I've tried it I love the results. This is a great craft for a relaxing, girls night or with your family on a snow day which was actually brought me to try this craft now !
Grab some old books, chalk or acrylic paints, paint brushes, stencils, rubber stamps and ink pads, scrapbooking supplies or whatever you have and prepare to have some fun.
See how expensive my decor is? Haha, it cost me one dollar for this one!
I chose a coral chalk paint that I added black to to give me this shade of brown, you see I'm painting them to match another project that I just completed. I'll be using coral, yellow and brown along with gold and bronze accents.
I'm going to let you in on a tip, you see that can of chalk paint in linen white? Well here locally I paid over $30.00 for it and we all know chalk paint goes a long way. I used to buy the jars for my small projects but they cost $15.00 plus sales tax so I came up with a way to spend less and have more!
I bought the can of white and poured it into the four clear jars, each one I added a few drops of my artists paints into to give me a desired color. I have a gray, a sage green, a cream and a slate blue shade plus a small container on top of the original linen white all 5 colors for $30.00!
Sorry, back to our registered programming.... on with the second coat of paint and I used the old hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
Flip your book over the paint the inside edges that get seen even when the book is closed. I chose a smaller brush to get in the tiny spaces.
I chose to fancy up the paper as well, close the book tight and brush the top and bottom sheets, I've planned something different for the side.
I had these small, fun stencils that came with an engraving tool and they fit this project perfectly. I taped the pages together tight with a few pieces of painters tape because I needed two hands for the stenciling. Using the same metallic paint and stencil brush I filled in the swan pattern.
I removed the tape and gave a few light passes on the right and left sides of the swan with the gold shimmer which created a worn look to the pages I thought.
Again using painters tape I created three stripes using the gold paint and then using my rubber stamp to put a design on the bottom. Another couple of my stamps created the title of the book....Beautiful Voyage. One book done and two more to get done.
This one I liked the linen feel of the book but the spine needed an update to cover the old title. As a base coat I applied the previously used brown and then gave it a few light coats of yellow.
I sanded the edges with sandpaper to give the book a worn appearance and stamped it with its new title...Paradise. Two down, one to go, see this is easy!
This one I thought was going to be so easy, it was already brown so I just needed to paint the spine coral....wrong! You see this one had a flat paper finish and even the painters tape stuck to it! What to do now?
Nothing but to do a dry brush over it all to cover over the boo-boo! 🤗 I think it looks better than before because it shows all of the grain lines on the cover, problem solved!
So not only am I matching these books to the color scheme of my previous decor project but also to the theme. This is where your stencils come in handy, I chose a birdhouse for the front cover and I used a bronze metallic paint this time.
In addition to the stenciled cover I highlighted the page edges with the bronze metallic on this book as well, I love the shimmer.
I added the last bit of shimmer to the spine because remember it was just plain coral before, book number three is finished. Now I bet you wanna see how they all look together right?
You'll notice I added on a little key to the bottom book, I glued it in place with Aleenes Tacky Glue. I purchased the keys as necklace charms in the craft section at my dollar store.
Here's the view looking down at my stencilled cover, so sweet with the little bird resting beside it.
Here is the full display so you'll get the full understanding of what I was trying to achieve. I wanted a book stack to match my new epoxy tree slice both in color and theme and I think I achieved it. You just have to try the book decor, I'm hooked! I've already started a new set, maybe with a nautical vibe this time. Thanks for viewing everyone!
Update: I did create a nautical themed set using the same supplies as listed above just in different colors.
See there the sailboat book even got a gold stamp for best seller? Haha it was a sticker that was in my amongst my supplies.
The rope design and sailboat were part of a stencil set in the Martha Stewart nautical theme seen in the first photo of this post.
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