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    Altered book help please

    Technically I am not altering a book, its a sketch book that I want to use as an art journal.

    It's a NEwton and Winsor sketch book, black spiral bound. I've removed the covers and used Gesso on them, and started to paint Gesso onto the first couple of pages. Will the pages be strong enough like this? I want to watercolour on them... can you even watercolour on Gesso? Actually, should I just be finding this out for myself?

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Chrissie x

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    Hi I will email you a photo of a page I did in a sketchbook using gesso and watercolour. Would be happy to spend a day with you messing about with paints etc if you live anywhere near me

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    Thanks Bernice, That helps a lot! I've Never done anything like this before so it's a challenge! Am currently typing with Gesso covered hands....

    Would love to have a session but I live 6 miles north of Derby so a bit out of the way isn't it? I'd much rather see some of this stuff done in real life!

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    I'm happy to travel. I'm away this weekend but can sort something out with you. PM me

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    sounds like lots of fun!!!!!

    i'd join in too--but even further away

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    Bernice, that sounds great, I'll Pm you shortly.

    OK, I took apart my W&N book, and so far I have Gesso'd it, watercolour layered it, collaged a little, used watercolour pencils and my new Faber Castell pencils (an extravagance I couldn't resist!), used a tiny amount of seed beads set in Glossy Accents....

    My next question is, should I Mod Podge it to seal it?

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    Well how much further away? We could make a day of it!!

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    chrissie that sounds fab!!! any chance of a piccie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristoscrap View Post
    Well how much further away? We could make a day of it!!
    i'm down in Hampshire--so lots further away

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    Quote Originally Posted by leigh11 View Post
    chrissie that sounds fab!!! any chance of a piccie
    Er... ok, but you have to be kind as I haven't done this sort of thing before... and if you don't like orange, don't look! I'll take a pic now and put it up... any thoughts about the Mod Podge though?

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    not used it before--so can't help--sorry, but i don't see why not

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    Ok if this works, then here is a pic of my journal's front cover!!

    (I don't like this bit cos I can't see the image in the post! )
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    wow, i love it!!!!

    fab work

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    Looks a bit cr*p now I've seen a pic of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristoscrap View Post
    Looks a bit cr*p now I've seen a pic of it!
    not at all---its great

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