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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Going grungy with pan pastels ... plus a tutorial

This week over on PAB Pan Pastels challenges we have been asked to go all grungy and have to say, this actually stumped me a little. Recently I seem to have gone all shabby chic with my projects and was a little worried about what to make. After a quick rummage through my drawer of things I want to alter, an idea sprung to my head.

I am also on a mission at the moment to use lots of my stash up that I have decided (for one reason or another) needs to either be cherished or alternatively is still too useful to throw away (and that includes papers I just don't know what to do with) .... so, with that in mind, I have altered a notebook.

Now ... this is the time I urge you to get a huge mug of coffee (or tea) as I have written a tutorial about how my project evolved and more importantly, I used up some of my "precious bits" ...... here we go ......

I have had this paper for eons and it is a good weight paper so that is the reason I have probably kept it but honestly, it does nothing for me .... sorry! So I have covered the front of my notebook with it using a wet glue. I should add that i did take my note book apart first.

Now I have seen something similar to this on Pinterest where people have used die cut alphabets but I have quite a few alphabet sticker sheets left over from projects and sometimes there are not enough letters to make the words/description I want but I still keep them (just in case). I have randomly selected letters and numbers to fill the front on the note book.

Next using Maimeri white gesso, I have covered everything. Don't panic if you can still see the paper or letters as they will soon be covered. My handy hint is that I always work on wax paper, you know the paper you use with your dies, as nothing ever sticks to it and it saves having to keep cleaning up my glass mat or craft mat.

Now the fun part ... I go around the edges with raw umber pan pastel making the very edges darker.

Next it's on to the metallic copper .... yum! I wipe my sponge clean on the wax paper (which I will use later).

and the final colour (for now) magenta pan pastel. You can now see all the letters and numbers again.

Taking the "Hearts flowers" stencil, I ink through it with a red brown versamark ink pad.

I then cover all in the ink with clear detail embossing powder and heat. It creates another textural element without making it too bulky.

I didn't waste the ink on the stencil either. I covered the rest of the stencil and ran it through my big shot, embossed with clear detail powder and it was ready for another project (which I have used on here)

After embossing the cover, i went over lightly again with metallic copper pan pastel which highlighted all the embossing powder.

Using various Studio 12 stamp sets, I stamped down one side of my cover with black Adirondack.

I said earlier that I wipe my sponges clean on my wax paper and this leaves me with a gorgeous translucent background. I have stamped Shabby Roses stamps from Studio 12 on the wax paper using black Adirondack ink pad. I then cut them out.

Using Maimeri matt gel, I stuck the roses down along the bottom edge of the cover and then liberally covered the whole front with the gel.

Before adding embellishment, I re-punched the holes so I knew what space I have left to further play with. I've used my Big Bit but any robust hole punch would do.

Although I randomly placed the letters and numbers, I also added a word to the mix and I chose "ME". This could be anything you wanted including your name. I have used a white GraphIt shaker pen and carefully went around the letter edges so that the "ME" really stood out.

Now adding all those yummy extras. I have used a selection of Dutch Doobadoo products covered with Perfect Medium, then pan pastels, Perfect Medium again and embossed with clear detail powder. I have added some Rusty Pickle embellishments to my embellishments. I should add that I found a huge bag full of Rusty Pickle metal embellishments that I had totally forgotten about .... that won't happen again, I assure you !!!

For the wings/feathers (from Dutch Doobadoo), I did the same treatment as above but added a Rusty Pickle page edger, secured with an eyelet. I adore how this has turned out and must do this again ...

I added the arrows, key and stars to the bottom of the cover and further embellished with Doodle Dewdrops, ribbon, elastic and Rusty Pickle embellies. On the "ME" I added some feather wings, buttons and Doodle Dewdrops (because I can ... hee, hee, hee). I did use my glue gun to glue these in place as did not want them falling off.

On the side of my notebook cover, I added a Dutch Doobadoo lock and surrounded it in a Rusty Pickle frame securing only one end with an eyelet. I used my glue gun to put this in place. In the other hole I have used the same gold elastic and hung my feather wings, the large star and a Rusty pickle letter "L". A sneaky little bit of ribbon to hid all my knots.

Phew, that's it folks and many thanks if you have read to the very end. Although this project seems labour intensive, I can say that it came together very quickly. As one thing was drying, I worked on another and so on and so on. The longest part was faffing about with the embellishments and where to put them!

I'm now going for a long lie down as my fingers desperately need a break. Have a great Sunday everyone and can't wait to see your grunge project.

x x x

Products I used:
Rusty Pickle embellishments - tags, frames, edgers, eyelets   GraphIt white shake pen   Adirondak black ink pad   Versamark red/brown ink pad   Perfect Medium ink pad  Recycled kraft notebook

Doodle Dewdrops - ClearMatt Gel/Gesso 200MLMaimeri White Gesso 200MLBronze - Metallic Pan Pastel  430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel  780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel  Heart of flower Mask/stencil 6x6"   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Keys & LocksCard/Paper laser Art A5 - FeathersCardboard/Kraft Art A5 - Stars  Cardboard/Kraft Art A5 - ArrowsDoodle Dewdrops - Berry Red
I am entering my notebook in to the following challenges:
Chalk N Stock - use chalk (I have used pan pastels)
Dream it Up! - what inspires you
Miriam's Crafting blog - use texture
Sweet Stampin' - lots of layers
We Do Doobadoo - embellish it
Crafty Catz - B is for .... book,
The Artisitic Stamper - embossing and texture


Anjie said...

Wow! Amazing project Lou! And great tute.

Debbie said...

Wow Amazing tutorial and a gorgeous book. I love making these.
Thank you for joining us this Easter at Sweet Stampin', Good Luck. Debbiex

carol said...

Super Book, thanks for sharing you wonderful creation with us at CRAFTY CATZ x carol

Claire said...

Gorgeous project and fab tut Lou, some great techniques there and you've totally transformed that note book
Claire xx

Mirella Diaz-Kaleem said...

wow!!! this is stunning!! I have really enjoyed your tutorial! I love to see how other crafters work!!! Thank you so much for joining us in our B is for... challenge at Crafty Catz !
Mirella DK
DT Crafty Catz challenge – Cute and Crafty Cards by Mirella

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Lou this is fantastic! A great tutorial too!
Linda. Xxxx

Wendy McCarthy said...

Great journal cover and I really enjoyed your tutorial, thank you! Xx

Shirley said...

Beautiful journal cover, Lou, and one of the best pictorial tutorials I have ever seen. I love every detail of what you did!!


Such a brilliant altered book cover and tutorials. Thank you for sharing it with us and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

Pam Hornschu said...

What an awesome project! Love all the layers, and that you shared the process! Thanks for playing along with the Dreamweaver challenge this month!

Rosebuds n Ribbons said...

Such an amazing project and tutorial . Thanks for joining us in our Embellish it Challenge at
Hugs and good luck Susan x

Claire Boelema said...

Fab project and tutorial. Love that stencil. xxx

Bev said...

Brilliant tute Lou I just love the way you do texture & dimension. Fab!!

Mrs A. said...

Amazing transformation. The most complicated bit for me would be taking the covers off and then reassembling!. Loved your detailed pictures as you went along. Thanks for the inspiration. hugs Mrs A.

butterfly said...

Love your grungy PP creation - all those layers are so fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
Alison x

Electra said...

An incredible project, Lou! I thoroughly enjoyed the process and you have inspired me!