Sunday, October 9, 2016

Eeek! My Pretties! Todays lesson is a BEGINNERS Guide to Spells & Curses

 My Pretties 
I am going to show you how
someone !!!!!


I know you have 
wanted to do that to someone
one thyme or another!

I am going to show you how to make 
your very own 


Please find a place to park your BROOM !

Now let's head into the STUDIO !!!

I see my shipment of Spell Books has arrived!

You can order these online at Michaels or find them in your local craft store.
They are paper mache.

I used DecoArt Acrylic Paints 
for my books

My Palette
Antique Green, Burnt Sienna, Antique Gold

I first base coated my books
Antique Gold.

I let that dry then applied a second coat using a different color. 
I used Antique Green on some of my books 
Burnt Sienna 
on others

 I actually did not paint this on evenly or neatly. 
I wanted the books to have an old distressed look.
You can leave some of the
Antique Gold 
showing through as you paint on your second coat.

After the second base coat had dried 
I brushed on a thick coat 

Apply the stain only to the TOP of the book for now!

Take lint free small cotton rag and scrunch it up.

Quickly press and lift your rag over the top of the book. 
Turn rag frequently for a clean area.

You should have a mottled sort of look.

Let dry!

Repeat the same process on the BACK of the book and then the SPINE of the book.

Remember to press and lift the rag across the surface rather than wipe the stain off!

You can speed the drying process by using a blow dryer.

Once your stain is completely dry use a sanding block on the corners to give them a worn look.

I had purchased some of the digital images I used for this project quite awhile ago on Etsy.

You can also search Pinterest
 look for FREE digital images on the Internet.

You can even design your own !

Just have fun with it and add your own flair!

I printed my images out on a good quality linen colored computer paper.
I used a paper cutter to cut the images to the sizes I wanted.


****** Spray all your images with Krylon Workable Fixative ******

I spray my images so that they are WET!

Let your images dry completely!

prevents your computer ink from smearing.
 This is important for when we move on to the next step which is decoupaging!

I began by using a sponge brush to apply the Decoupage to the BACKS of my images.

I worked on applying ONE IMAGE at a time!

Once you have applied the Decoupage to the back of your image smooth it in place on your book.


You can use the side of an old credit card to further smooth out any air pockets

Now apply Decoupage to the TOP surface of your image.

I made several of these books!

Let your images dry completely before proceeding to the next step!

I used my Traditions Dome Blender Brush and  dry brushed around the edges of my images.

I first dry brushed around the edges using the Gel Stain.
You can wipe off any excess.
On some books I then dry brushed over the Gel Stain with some Lamp Black paint.
On other books I dry brushed over the Gel Stain with Splendid Gold Dazzling Metallics.

Be Creative!

That is what will make your book unique!

I used the same technique to apply the images to the spine of the books.

I painted the stripes 

I painted the inside of my book with a 1:1 mix of Lamp Black 

I painted over the Lamp Black on the insides of my box with

The craft Twinkles come in a variety of colors and are really fun to work with!

I then decoupaged another image inside the cover of my book.

I painted the "pages" with 2 coats of Antique White

After I had all the "pages" painted I thinned some Lamp Black paint

I used a Wisp Brush or a Rake Brush will do to paint the "individual pages"

Close up of the "pages"

Let the Lamp Black dry completely!

I then painted over the "pages" with a thinned coat 

I varnished my books with several coats of 

I also added some Gold Craft Twinkles to the finished covers of my books!

You can fill treat bags and put inside your books for Halloween!

You can use your books to create a SPOOKtacular display for your home!

"Beware of all those who read the secrets that lie within ! "

DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their 
Helping Artist and Blogger Outreach Programs.

Thank you DecoArt and Rosemary Reynolds!

Eeeek! My Pretties! 

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how you can create your own 
Spell Books!


Happy Painting !


Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
~ Danny Kaye