Well it's Thursday - which means it's almost Friday - which is the day before Saturday - which means Sunday is just around the corner - which means it's almost MONDAY - UGHHH.............
Ok - that's definitely looking at the glass half empty - but life is flying by - absolutely flying by and I seem to barely be hanging on by the seat of my pants.
A couple of nights ago - I came across Karen's ( from Shabby Sweet Cottage ) latest project - her books are just gorgeous!!! I knew I absolutely had to jump on this bandwagon .................I have a lot of old books - Reader's Digest Condensed books to be precise - that have seen better days.
I can't get rid of them - I can't get rid of any books - if I have a problem with hoarding anything at all - it would be books................
I would so love to rip out a couple of pages to Mod Podge them onto drawer interiors - but I can't help thinking of it as almost sacreligious ..........can't help it - another one of my
Anyway - I set up my workshop ( the dining room table with green garbage bags spread across it )
Turned on some music and happily got to work..............
I started off with these -
it was so peaceful and relaxing - John was watching hockey in the bedroom - Soda was laying at my feet -
Bob Seger was playing in the background - appropriately enough Turn The Page was on the CD I was playing LMHO...............and I'm singing along while creating my masterpieces.................
OMG - I just deleted all the photos of the process - you see? I really have no business having a blog!
I mean who does that? I.D.I.O.T.
Ok - have to run in the bedroom and take photos of the finished books now!
You don't need a tutorial for this - I just painted them and then stencilled designs on the cover...............
Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue - stencilled with Pure White - and dry brushed a little with Pure White as well
Pure white cover - stencilled with Duck Egg Blue
Antoinette - dry brushed with Pure White- stencilled with Duck Egg
( my colors seem to be off - the lighting is terrible at 4 o'clock in the morning )
At this point John strolls into the dining room - ( in between periods of the hockey game )
John says - WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING???????
Suzan says - I told you I had some painting projects to do
John says - YOU'RE PAINTING OUR BLOODY BOOKS NOW???????
Suzan says - Relax - they're MY books - and they're probably 50 years old - and they're in pretty rough shape - I had them hidden on the bottom shelf of the bookcases anyway
John says - Well they're not going to be worth anything now, are they?
Suzan says - If you were planning on retiring through the value of MY readers digest books..........then we're in worse shape than I thought
John says - You've painted the #&$^@*#^ bedroom floor - wasn't that enough for you?
John says - DO NOT TOUCH ONE OF MY BOOKS WITH YOUR PAINT BRUSH SUZAN
John says - AND THIS TIME I'M DEAD SERIOUS
John says - DO NOT PAINT ANY OF MY -
Suzan says - Ok already!!!! I heard you ! I won't touch any of YOUR books -
John storms out of the dining room - and I'm giggling my head off
John yells from the bedroom - Soda - come - she's got her weapon in her hands again...........
Now I'm in hysterics - the poor dog doesn't know where to go - she keeps looking at me - and cocking her
ears as John keeps yelling at her to come in the room with him.............
And all I'm thinking is " Oh God - please let the Canadiens win tonight - because if they don't he'll be in a miserable mood - and I won't hear the end of my book makeovers............."
John yells out - Soda - get in here - she might paint you - you're the last thing in the house that hasn't been attacked with her brush...............
And he's MAD folks - let me tell you he's MAD..................
And I'm screaming with laughter -
John says - could you stop your cackling please - I'm watching t.v.
Because the spines are embossed a quick dry brush stroke highlighted the ridges
I'm in love................( I'm removing the silver on the white book - just something I wanted to try out - but the dry brushing looks so much better )
John says - the house is starting to look like it belongs to two children -
hmmm.............not sure if I agree with that - but I do know - for the most part - it most definitely SOUNDS like 2 children live here.................
Suzan says - I COULD paint yours in Graphite you know - that's quite masculin actually
Sorry - can't repeat what John said but I think I'm very quickly reaching his threshold here.
Have a wonderful day - I have some Paris Grey and Emile paints I'm dying to try out on a few more books
Much love, ( and laughter of course, always, laughter )
P.S. The Canadiens won - Thank God....................
P.S.S - it has come to my attention that Debbie from Annie Sloan Unfolded first published this on January 24th and although I didn't find the idea there - I really feel it's only fair to mention her - especially if she's the one that got this whole idea started - her books turned out stunning!
Thanks so much to Craftionary for featuring this project as most viewed!!!!
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