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You may say this is a repeat of the post how to give a plain book charm. Once I got over my apprehension of painting a book cover I was hooked. So you know I was going to figure out how to make an ordinary book pretty.
It’s very easy to do but it is a slow process. I got inspired as I was working on the wooden planter because I was using a product to give the piece texture. It occurred to me I could try this technique on a book cover. And I did and I like it.
The first thing to do is to position the stencil on the back of the book and apply the sanded texture medium. Now the lines won’t be crisp because it is hard to make it so the medium doesn’t seep under the stencil.
Possibly it can be done if the stencil is cut in 3 pieces. I didn’t want to do that. Let it set up and pull the stencil off. When it is dry in about a day put the stencil back on and do another coat.
Once the 2nd coat is dry repeat on the cover and back. Again make sure the design is dry. Then paint in the color of your choice. I decided on white so it would coordinate with the other books I painted. Do enough coats until the original color of the book is covered. Take an artist brush and carefully paint in the inside of the book so the color of the book doesn’t show.
I like using a metallic to give it a little elegance, so I painted the design in a bright gold. Use an artist’s brush to paint it. Then wax the book cover with a clear wax and buff.
To age it a bit go over it with a dark wax in a sloppy way. Every inch of the cover doesn’t need to be covered with the dark wax. You can also wax the ends of the book pages to age them also.
How to make an ordinary book pretty is a fun way to use books in decorating. I love using them to give height and now I have found a way to bring in texture. Do you think you will be giving this a try? It is like adding artwork to the book covers.
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