Open Spine - Gold Nugget
approx 6"w x 9"h x 1.25" thk.
Page size: 5.25"w x 8.5"h

Created: July 18, 2009


I've recently been playing with acrylic paints and applying them with sponges. So thought I'd do a couple covers witht he technique.

I used Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paints (Maple Sugar, Mexicana, Brown Velvet, Golden Fluid Acrylic Quin. Burnt Orange), keeping to the lighter tones for the first layer, masking a section for the quote or using Tim Holtz Alphabet masks, then painting more layers in deeper tones. When dry went over sections with a Distress stamp pad and sponging tool in Black Soot. The hinges are made from Grungeboard which I hand cut and then painted with the Burnt Orange and Distress stamp pads Walnut Stain and Black Soot. Edged the book board with a black Zig marker. The inside is painted with the same colors and sponging technique, no decorations or writing. Put a coat of Dorland's wax and buffed.


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I used Golden's extra heavy gel medium on a piece of mat board and stuck my pistachio nuts onto it. When dry put a layer of Rheotech white gesso. Then when that was dry painted with acrylic paints both Ceramcoat & Golden Fluids. Used some La Dore leafing adhesive on one of the nut shells and a layer of REAL gold leaf - Robertson 23.5K leaf. It really shines. Adhered it to the cover with double sided tape. Then wrote in my words with a gold gel pen

Words: I'm not nuts. I'm a gold nugget.

Words on the back cover are done with a Pentell Parallel pen and Sumi ink in a funky Neuland style.

Words: Keep art alive. Create some thing every day.

The pages are Fraser Paper Magna Carta "Neutral Parchment" paper, 8 sheets folded in half for each of 7 signatures for a total of 224 pages. The hinges are attached with gold colored eyelets, 3 on each point. I used a butterscotch 2 ply waxed line thread for binding. I also added gold colored scalloped corners.

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