Thursday, 6 March 2014

Push Your Boundaries ! Brand New eclectic Paperie Challenge and Blog Hop.

Welcome to eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries!  We’re altering our challenges in 2014, creating one, month-long challenge, increasing the prize drawing, holding a design team blog hop, and including a product discount with each new challenge!  Check out the details below:
  •  We’ve combined our two challenges into one, announced on the first Thursday of each month.  This gives the design team more flexibility with challenge topics and projects and allows you more time to enter! 
  •  We’ll also feature a product each month, and during the first day of the challenge, you’ll receive a discount on the featured product….be sure to check for the special code! 
  •  Our prize drawing is increasing from $15.00 to a $25.00 gift certificate and the winner of each challenge will be announced on the last Thursday of each month and will be featured on the eP blog. 
  •   Each month we’ll hold a blog hop featuring the beautiful artwork from our design team…just scroll down to the bottom of the post for all of the links!  Talk about inspiration!
Our challenges are about encouraging you to explore your creative journey and inspiring you to step outside of your comfort zone.  When you submit your artwork, share a unique card, scrapbook 
or journal page, a canvas, home décor project, or anything that you’re excited to share!  We’re looking forward to crafting with you!
Today’s special is on Liquitex Gesso and for one day only, you can save 10% on a bottle of gesso…perfect for all of your altered projects!  Simply use code GESSO03 when checking out.
So without further ado, Karen is our super talented hostess for the very first Push Your Boundaries challenge and she has asked us to alter a book. I chose a little craft diary I had free with a magazine. Ooooo! I do love a bit of free stuff ! here's the book before I got started, some of you may recognize it.
I started by covering the outside with book pages adhered with Studio Matte Multi Medium. It's taken me a long time to get over my fear of ripping pages out of books, I actually quite enjoy it now !
Once dry, I set to with the Liquitex Gesso, and a wonderful Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 ' From The Garden' stencil. I got so carried away I forgot to photograph the cover but here's a picture of the gesso stenciled onto the pages I used on the inside cover.
You can just about see the stenciled flowers. I applied the gesso with a small piece of Cut and Dry Foam, I find it's easier to control than a brush. I speeded up the drying process with my hot air gun. The gesso does need to be completely dry before the next step. I then sprayed the book cover and loose pages with Dylusions Spray Inks. I love this part, the gessoed image appears through the ink, as if by magic! Extreme closeup....
and the inside pages .....
The gesso acts as a marvellous resist to the ink, but takes on just enough colour to make the effect more subtle. You can also see how the text is almost obliterated by the gesso. I love this batik effect.. I cut the green papers to the size of the covers and the first page and adhered them on the inside front and back covers, with more Multi Medium. This just about finished off my supplies! I sealed the outer cover by painting on Golden Matte Medium. I think this will make it more durable.  My little book was starting to look a lot more elegant. I decided to follow through with the 'elegant theme' and added an Ideaology Ornate Plate, with my favourite Donna Downey stamp,' Make Art Everyday' from her Art Possibility set. Such great advice! I stamped it onto a piece of manila card and secured to the back of the Ornate Plate, before filling the recess with Glossy accents. I also used Glossy Accents to secure it to the book. To complete the look, I threaded a fancy button onto a piece of vintage seam binding I've been hoarding and tied a little bow. The transformation was now complete. Ta Dah!
If you fancy Pushing Your Boundaries and altering a book in whatever way you choose, come and join us over on the eclectic Paperie blog. Click on the thumbnails below to join in the blog hop and see what the rest of the e Team have been getting up to with their altered books !


  1. Oh WOW, Toni! LOVE that technique and the way you can see the print and the flowers resist! LOVE the seam binding and the ornate plate with that sentiment! This would look so pretty in MY craft room! LOL!

  2. Your description of the resist as batik was perfect. What a fabulous transformation Toni! Hugs, Anne x

  3. Adore the gesso resist!! It looks amazing!! love it!!

  4. LOVE how you made it absolutely beautiful and elegant. Love the ribbon and love love love gesso.

  5. Beautiful altered book, Toni - it absolutely glows, and the gesso resist is lovely!
    Alison xx

  6. Gorrrrgeous Toni from the outside in...loooove it!!
    Big hugs

  7. Gorgeous transformation Toni! Love the resist of the flowers ! Sue C x

  8. It's neat to see the text coming through ever so slightly and those blooms are beautiful. :) Love your finished cover!

  9. What a gorgeous alteration! Love the process and the color is sublime!

  10. This is fabulous, Toni! I love how the Gesso resist looks!! Totally awesome! Love the colors you chose too!