Now that Christmas and New Year projects are finished, time to tackle some other things that have been on the to-do list. I've seen painted books all over Pinterest and have had my eye on this stack from an end table:
I like using old books as decor, and love the designs on these, but not all the dark colors. Time to lighten things up!
This is a pretty simple project - I just started painting the books with gesso until I got the coverage I wanted. I wasn't going for total coverage, just enough to knock-back all the dark color. A word of warning - not quite sure what is in the red pigment, but it took several coats of gesso, a couple of coats of black gesso and then more white, to banish the pink that kept bleeding through ! It probably would have worked better with non-water based mediums.
After the gesso dried , I sanded a bit to highlight some of the detaining.
I've had a chipboard book in my stash for ages and decided to add it to the group. Same treatment - a couple of coats of white gesso and some sanding to distress it.
Loving my shabby -chic books.