A while back I got a paper mache book box from Hobby Lobby. It sat there and sat there and sat there because, quite frankly, I had no idea what the heck to do with it.
I started by rolling old book pages...think I did about 20+ of these:
I got the idea to line the outside where the "pages" of my book would go with these rolls. After that, I had no clue what else to do...I finally decided to go for an aged look so I covered the outside in gel medium, then painted
it, added mist and then sewing pattern paper (a technique I learned from
At Hobby Lobby I also found this drawer pull on clearance which I snatched up too and decided to add that to the front of my "book".
I added some lines to the spine with Distress Crackle Paint:
Now I needed to deal with the inside which took about a week to think about since I was at a loss of how to go about it. Luckily my haul of clearance glittery Christmas ornaments came in handy as I found a blue super glitterfied (yes, that is a word) peacock. I decided that for my "book" I wanted the outside to be completely boring to make way for the inside to be colorful and "peacock-ish".
I started by taking PVC Punchinella and used it as a stencil with modeling paste. I painted it, added purple and teal mists.
Then I took a paper towel roll to create circles with white acrylic paint. The line "What care I how fair she be, If she be not fair for me?" is from Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott.
Sometimes not knowing what to do with something works out for the best...
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