Learn 5 Things to Do with Old Book Pages for your Junk Journaling and Mixed Media projects. All of us who make junk journals and altered books have lots of old pages left over that can be put to use. We will look at some great ways to repurpose these pages. Please scroll down to view the video.
5 Things to do with Old Book Pages
Welcome to day 38 of our daily creative practice. We place a stencil underneath an old page and scrape over it with paint a plastic card. A thicker stencil works best for depth and form in the resulting patterns. I like to use a combination of dark and light colors together for high contrast. As the patterns take form, the dual colors really start to ‘pop.’ You don’t want to overly mix the colors as it will remove the contrast.
Let’s go with a different stencil now using yellow and aqua. I love that color combination. This stencil leaves some pretty floral type patterns. Love it! Let’s add a little more paint and scrape again to finish it off. Next we have a stencil that I found in the Dollar store, which leaves interesting small and large dotted patterns on each side.
Now we are using a simple cardboard box and scraping over it for another pattern. A piece of non-skid carpeting material follows. As you see, the ideas for stencils and resulting unique patterns with this technique are truly limitless. Sometimes the first pass with paint doesn’t leave a clear pattern, but the second pass using the alternate color does. Let the tool glide and freely flow for you. When you start getting the paint off of the edges it really starts to take shape and look great.
Another Dollar store find of a big pretty pink heart is next on the list for stenciling. I love the accents on it. Red is the choice for the first layer of paint for the heart, again followed by pretty yellow. The type of material used also affects the outcome as the heart proves. It is made of felt, and as a result we have a softer look and feel.
Finding another old page that already has a navy blue color on it, we mix in aqua with navy and yellow with navy for two very pretty finishes. Now we will add some gilding (using gold or silver) with my favorite Treasure gold. I love gilding pages so much! First I place a bit of the gold is on my edger and scrape again. The Treasure gold adds such a nice eye-catching embellishment to the page! The final step today involves using a stamp pad for spreading the red paint as you can see. It worked quite well.
I love textures and backgrounds! When the paint dries you can come back to add more and more layers if you wish. It can take a few minutes up to about 30 minutes for the acrylic paint to dry depending on how much you use. I hope you have enjoyed working with these old pages as much as I have. Pass on your creativity and keep having fun!
DREAMERS INTO DOERS – DAILY CREATIVE PRACTICE DAY 38
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