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How To Turn Books into Beautiful Art For Your Home

Decorative book with Rose Toile Stamp

HOW TO TURN BOOKS INTO BEAUTIFUL ART FOR YOUR HOME

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This is where I hope to inspire you to create beautiful things for your home, for gifts, or just for your soul! There’s nothing like the feeling of creating something beautiful with your own hands and we can ALL do it! Today I want to share with you how to turn books into beautiful art for your home!  This is such an easy project but such a good one! I think you’ll love it!

Decorative book with Rose Toile Stamp
Decorative book with Rose Toile Stamp

If you prefer a video version, I have several over on my Facebook page, but you can watch this one  here!

Show a Before picture of a Decorative book
Before picture of DIY decorative book.

All you need to get started is a book; Just any ordinary hardback book!

Here’s what I used:

 

STEP 1 – PAINT BOOK

Painting book cover
Painting Book Cover

Brush  1-2  coats of paint on your book covers inside and out. This will help keep it from warping! Let dry.

STEP 2 – STAMP WITH ROSE TOILE

Rolling paint on stamp
Rolling paint on stamp

The Rose Toile stamp comes with several pieces.  Decide which pieces you want to use and pour out the paint you want the stamp to be; in this case, I used the color Aviary.  Load your brayer with the paint and then roll onto the stamp.

 

Pressing stamp on book
Pressing stamp on book

Lay your stamp down and gently press down, trying not to shift the stamp.

 

Repeat with all the stamp pieces you want to use.

 

STEP 2 – MAKE MOULDS AND GLUE ON BOOK

Next I added some moulds, starting with the Trimmings 3 mould.

 

Lightly dust the mould you want to use with Corn Starch. (This just helps the clay to release easily).  Tear off a piece of the air dry clay,  roll into a snake like shape; then press into one of the moulds. Remove excess clay along the edges with your thumb.

 

Slightly bend mould to release clay shape and let dry.

 

When the clay trim was dry, I painted it with the same color I stamped with. I normally wait to paint clay pieces after I’ve glued them on, but in this case I thought it would be easier to do it before since I was using a different color.

 

Make all the moulds you want to use and glue on using Titebond quick and thick glue. Paint the clay pieces once they’re glued down.

STEP 3 – PAINT MOULDS AND ADD ADDITIONAL TOUCHES

Just continue to have fun! I decided to paint the spine area with the Aviary green color. I painted the little lock with the Crinoline color.

STEP 4 – SEAL PAINT

Now you just want to seal the paint! I first used clear wax.  You can stop right after that if you like that look!  The DIY paint dries lighter until it’s top coated.  See the brightness coming back out?

 

I then added a little white wax and wiped off to soften and age. I later decided to add a touch of gold metallic paint along the edges of the lock to make it look a little rusty.

 

Decorative book with Rose Toile Stamp
Decorative book with Rose Toile Stamp

I just love how it turned out! It’s definitely one of my favorites! If you’d like to watch a video tutorial, you can check that out here!

 

I love this project so much! Here is another one that I’ve done! You can watch the quick video tutorial here !

 

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Joanie