Saturday, March 3, 2012

Another use for vintage book paper

Hello, friends. I'm actually playing in the studio tonight working on a new project!  As usual, I'm working in mixed media. I've got found objects out, some vintage book pages and fabric pieces.  I'm using glue, paint, the sewing name it!  I found myself working with an old holy card and trying to find a way to matte the card or "frame' it.  I like to use up my scraps whenever possible. I had a stack of vintage book pages that I've been saving which gave me an idea.

I cut a small stack of my vintage book pages to size then machine sewed the edges.  Once I was done, I applied a paint wash (that's mostly water and a touch of paint mixed together) to the top page.  The text is foreign which will help keep the eye from being distracted but the wash helps too. I also decided to run the text vertically because the rest of my piece has vertical lines. That is just a personal preference.
Now, the fun part.  I used this tool to distress the edges.  You could also use the edge of your scissors.  I worked the layers of paper with my fingers too to separate and get the look I wanted.
 As you can see in the first picture in this post, I'm also adding a layer of cheesecloth to the top of this.  I love the look.  Now to sleep on it and start to put my little Easter project together tomorrow.  I'll share more soon. For now, here is a glimpse of my delightfully messy project table!
So glad to squeeze in some creative time tonight.  How about you?  Creating this weekend? Friends, if you have time please follow along on the new Linky tool on my right side bar. I would hate to lose you if Google decides to eliminate our followers button.  xoxo


  1. This is looking like a very creative project, Vicki! I love all the techniques you've shared!

  2. So far Vicki it is looking fantastic - love all the texture and papers used!
    Warm hugs,

  3. Looks like you were having a great time. I love getting messy with my craft supplies. But I didn't get messy today, just did some crochet. It was fun though!

  4. hey girl
    long time no see.
    have some catching up to do.

    Love the start of your project.
    another good way to 'fray' up paper edges is to rub them along edge of table. fast and easy.
    and a comb gives another look too.

    so many fun gadgets out there. =)

    barbara jean

  5. Oh, I love this idea! I have a collection of the old "St. Nicholas Magazine for Children," my oldest issue dating back to 1895. I don't use all of them for cutting and pasting, but I have several "rip and tear" issues that I love using in collage work. This frame project looks fabulous. I'm going to try it!

  6. Can't wait to see the final result since the start of it is so fantastic! Love the idea of stacking the pages and the way you 'toned' them down with the wash and cheesecloth.

  7. I'm loving it so far. I like how you've brought us along in your creative process. Maybe some of it will rub off on me.

  8. Thanks for taking us along through the process. Creative.

  9. Thank you for such a nice clear tutorial. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. I have wanted to play with this kind of art for a long time but I had no idea where to start.

  10. The cheesecloth give this project extra appeal, can't wait to see the finished product. Have fun creating.

  11. LOVE IT!!!! I am working on a little area in my laundry room so I can have a place to create....I can't wait to get it done so I can get started :o)

  12. Oh, my. I can't wait to see the finish.

  13. Looks like a wonderful project Vicki - love the look of the pages with the cheesecloth and the edges too. Can´t wait to see the finished result.

  14. This came at the right time. I have some pics I've been wanting to use.

  15. Very pretty effects!!Thanks for sharing

  16. This looks fantastic, dear Vicki- wow, the cheesecloth on the papers, and how you distressed them-
    great and wonderful.

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