"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dark Journal

I've got that centipede bug again.   I have been experimenting with different cover treatments and discovered a technique that works really well to create a very durable and interesting surface.   It's a process of layering papers, mediums and pigments onto heavy book boards.   The results: an intriguing leather-like finish.  
The materials used on these covers are vintage clothing patterns, satin varnish and a variety of brown pigments.  
I can hardly wait to try out some other types of paper with this method.  Oh the possibilities!

Initially the book covers were unembellished, but somehow the black waxed linen jumped into my hands and before I knew it, a centipede was marching across the covers.
You can find this journal and other similar ones for sale at my Etsy Shop.


Sharon P said...

What a beautiful book! I love the way you have the centipede stitching going across the bound edges of the signatures. Very clever!

BadSide said...

I am totally in love with your centipede journals and have been eyeing them up for a few weeks now. I really, really shouldn't spend any more money but as I've been a good girl all year (so far anyway!) I think I deserve one of these . . . off to your shop now, see you there :)

Ann Renee Lighter said...

Thank you so much for your kind words.
I too am smitten by the centipedes and enjoy making them.
Perhaps now when I come across the 'real thing' in the garden I will observe with greater interest.

Useful Books said...

Lovely work! Great detail. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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