Okay, my title might be a little misleading. These are not old books nor are they French, but they are real books. I wish I could take credit for this ingenious idea, but I confess I saw this project on Maison de Stencil's blog. Aren't these gorgeous? I want to make some more. I think I'll tie them with some black hemp and I may put a little key or medallion on them.
I had everything on hand to do this project including the fabulous stencils from Maison de Stencils which I wish I could get more of, but every time I try to hit a sale I'm too late. One of these days I'll splurge and pick up some more.
So here is what I did according to what I remembered from the blog article. I painted the books with Annie Sloane Graphite and stenciled the French graphics using my stencils. I used ivory craft paint. Then I took my champagne gold craft paint and painted the pages of the books which I forgot to show you. When you paint the books paint even the pages of the closed books. That's what I trimmed out with the gold.
I also rubbed a little paint on my fingertips and ran along the rims with the champagne gold. To finish it off I used a little wax. Don't worry. I didn't deface good books. You know they are an endangered species since every Barnes and Noble seems to be closing (boo hoooooo). I used these abused encyclopedias and gave them a second chance to be beautiful decor accents. Happy crafting. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend. I am off to Temecula tomorrow for another Christie Repassy workshop.
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