Friday, 4 November 2011

Shabby Chic Binder




Shock horror! I'm not posting a handmade card today :) Instead I've been painting, inking and glueing onto an ordinary ring binder.

Now that I have sampled the delights of acrylic paint, I'm like an addict going back for more. The creative Jekyll & Hyde sides of me have undergone a change again. I've drunk the potion and unleashed the artier nature in me lol. And it's been further enticed by a spur of the moment visit to the NEC Craft show yesterday, where I popped by Paperartsy's stand to watch Leandra work wonders with paints and inks.

So once I returned home, I settled into my craft room and covered a ring binder in gesso. Once dried, I then added paint, chopped up some patterned paper to size, from Basic Grey's Periphery range, wrinkled the edges and glued to the front, side and back. On the inside, I went neater with an untampered layer of Anna Griffin paper.

That just left the fun part. Decorating the front with an assortment of accessories and embellishments. Yes, as you can see, flowers, lace, butterflies, buttons, filigree corners and pearls have all made it onto the assemblage. My current "go tos". However, I've also added leaves but this time, cut from linen, which is new for me. As are the paper feathers (I found a tutorial here and just knew I had to have a go).

Finally, I'm going to enter this into The Thrifty Thursday challenge on the Inspired by Charm blog (it began last week and there are some beautiful entries. Can't wait to see what people have submitted this time around). Enjoy your weekend everyone. Pxx

10 comments:

Michele said...

Wow - this is gorgeous, Paul. Fab assortment of embellishments, all beautifully put together xx

Cath Wilson said...

That's stunning, Paul - love it. The linen leaves are a fab touch and everything about it is so you. Gorgeous colour scheme, too. Beautiful, beautiful work. Lovely to see the artier side of you x

Karenliz said...

It's beautiful! I love the color combo!

Andrea Ewen said...

I don't think that "WOW!" captures the true nature of this beauty...perhaps, PHENOMENAL? :)(Notice...CAPS LOCK***)
(Although I would definitely use WOW to describe it!...and I did!) Your creation is an absolute work of art...so beautiful and well put together! What fun to have a blank "canvas" and add all those gorgeous details! The way you've mixed the fabric and paper looks awesome...everything is in perfect balance. Homerun on this one! Keep these beauties comin'!!

alexa said...

This is an amazing transformation, and I love those book feathers! Would make great bookmarks too. :)

Dotpat said...

Paul I think this is fabulous

- Jodie Lee - said...

Love it!!! I can hardly wait to see the binder ... sounds so amazing!!

Ally said...

love it Paul. i live right by the NEC but unfortunately didnt make the show this year, i think i am starting to regret that big time lol

gypsychick said...

Oops, silly me. I realise that IS the binder!! I thought that was a card! Wow, that looks beautiful Paul. Really love your shabby style there!

Neet said...

Oh Paul - that is so beautiful. I just love the colours, can imagine the textures - it is gorgeous - just love how you have married everything.