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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Boots,buckles,books,butterflies and a blue lady :D

So I have this pair of boots that I've worn to death but couldn't bear to throw I butchered them...and now have some luuuuurvely faux aged leather, and 4 straps with buckles on! Can feel a journal begging to be bound with these mmmmm.....
Speaking of journals, I was already in the process of making a quick 3 signature, coptic bound, watercolour paper journal, as shown by Amy in her STEve ARTFIre vid. So easy...took me 15 minutes!!!
The leather was the wrong size for this book, so I used some glossy papers I already have to make a cover, but wanted a bright butterfly on it...
Cue "make your own transfer"!!! Using the technique shown in another of this weeks STEve's ARTFIre vids(but using clear tape instead of soft gel, which I don't have yet), stuck tape over image and cut out. Make sure you press the tape down REALLY well....
sand off some of the glossy paper from back to allow water to penetrate evenly...
then wet thoroughly, using a smooth cloth to gently rub away remaining paper layers...
leaving the inked image on the tape....COOL!
Stick butterfly to book cover with clear drying glue :D

Very pleased with this :D

And now we have face no 18 for 29 Faces in February, watercolour and pencil over collage base :DEnjoy :D XXX


  1. Your butterfly looks wonderful. Love the face, great colors.

  2. I love making books Gina, I still have the first one I made about 25 years ago. Fabulous face the straight lines of the collage background and the curves of the hair complement each other so well.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  3. Ooh, lovely! Very enterprising cutting up your boots - the perfect book cover..:)
    Love the butterfly and I think this face is my favourite so far.
    Hugs xx

  4. very pretty,

    it was lovely spending the day with you guys, see you again soon,


  5. Very pretty butterfly, delicious and enigmatic face. Greetings.

  6. I love the romantic and tender of this face.

    Greatings from Barcelona

  7. this is my favorite transfertechnique :-) thank you for inspiriring me to do it once again ♥ love the blue lady and her catseye ;-)