Once I was happy with my arrangement, I covered the entire thing with 2 coats of gesso, followed by one coat of tan paint. I knew I wanted to play with Dylusions sprays and that gesso would soften the colours... which is not the look I was going for :) Before spraying with Dylusions, I added some generous swipes of new metallic Distress Stains in Tarnished Brass. I focused on the canvas letters and a few other spots, then sprayed with shades of blue & green Dylusions. I love the way the Metallic Distress Stain mingled with the paints, adding a shimmery dimension to it!
I continued adding more layers of paint, allowing it to mix & drip across the cover. I sprayed a layer through a dot pattern stencil before finishing with a splash of black over the canvas letters. I dried with a heat tool and then stamped some Dylusions stamps with Black Archival ink- the alphabet text print and some leafy vines.
I finished it off by adding some sticky back canvas to the spine (inked with black Dylusions), then sealed my project with a layer of 'Spray & Sparkle' Iridescent Glitter then some 'Spray & Seal' varnish, both by Crafter's Companion.
Here's a couple close ups:
Products Used (mostly Ranger):
- Composition book
- alphabet stickers (Basic Grey)
- Sizzix alphabet die, cut from chipboard & Ranger Sticky Back Canvas
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line Gesso & Paint
- Metallic Distress Stain
- Dylusions Sprays
- Dylusions Stamps & Stencils
- Black Archival Ink
- Spray & Sparkle Iridescent Glitter (Crafter's Companion)
- Spray & Seal Satin Varnish (Crafter's Companion)
- #5 tags
- Inkable Crinkable Ribbon
- Ranger Craft Sheet