Friday, 6 February 2015

The cover.

Believe it or not, I was aiming to have a green cover for my bird book.
I took a folded piece of strong card and spread it quite liberally with gesso before embedding scraps of fine scrim, lace and any other bits I fancied into the gesso.  I then sprayed it with Quink ink which faded to a greyish blue.   I used three different craft sprays in shades of green and each time the colour dried to a rather nasty dirty pinky beige.   It was not destined to be green.
Finally I tried a brown spray and settled for this result, though it is very drab.

A gentle rub here and there with Treasure Gold has perked it up a bit.
I think I'll leave it at that.

I have been putting off using my Gelli plate for weeks now. How can a grown woman be scared of a Gelli plate?!!    I need some interesting paper to line the cover and see an opportunity to create something with the plate, so a lovely messy weekend is on the cards.

9 comments:

Gina said...

Just play Heather... You'll love the Gelli plate!

The Bug said...

I like the cover!

sharon young said...

Well I think this cover is the perfect companion for the pages, I love the addition of the lace and swirls, and the gelli plate inside sounds like a great idea, looking forward to seeing the results.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I think that cover is beautiful Heather - and think what colour will be revealed to the reader when they open the book up on those glorious birds.

Wonder how Roland the rook is (have decided he is a he and named him accordingly) - the farmer is convinced he will die - says he has seen them in this state in the fields, so would love to know how the story turns out.

Carol Q said...

lovely grungy texture to your book cover Heather. get stuck in with the Gelli plate - once you start you won't be able to stop! lol

Maggi said...

I love the cover, the Treasure Gold makes all the difference. Enjoy the gel plate.

Robin Mac said...

I love the cover, the treasure gold highlights it beautifully. I used to love playing with my gelli plate, I am sure you will produce a masterpiece! Cheers

WendyK said...

Gorgeous textured cover, you could always sew on some beads for highlights if you really feel it needs some colour. It will be a fabulous book, I love looking through mine. We really must get together and have a show and tell.

Linda Vincent said...

Looks great to me Heather! And I love treasure gold so much .....its perfect for this.