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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Book of Life



I have been meaning to have a go at making this this piano hinge book since I was inspired by the  extremely talented Sue Roddis in her book 'Handmade Decorative Books'.  I like the way this turned out and the book measures approx 4 x 6 inches.  It lends itself to all sorts of size variations and colourways to suit the mood and purpose.

I have had the materials in stock for ages but it was suprisingly easy to make.





The front and back covers are made from royal blue card and it has four sets of 8 pages inside.




The pages are in 4 blocks of 8 in alternating buff and gold paper and all is held together with 7 painted wooden kebab skewers.  I have used fancy wool to bind the ends to stop them coming out of the hinges of the book.





The main image is by Stampotique Originals and is entitled 'Queen of Life' by Daniel Torrente.  This was stamped in black Archival ink onto white cardstock, dried and coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens.  Once coloured I trimmed out the image and added a small amount of Posca gold pen on the crown and book.





Before assembling I stamped the fromt cover of the book with a Tim Holtz background check stamp inked with Stazon gold ink and overstamped with another TH circles stamp, this time inked with pale blue Versamagic chalk ink.  Some more of the circles were added to the back cover too.




The skewers were painted in Martha Stewart beach glass satin acrylic paint.

Sid xx

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20 comments:

  1. Hey Sid!! Glad you had a go, it looks fab.....it is a lot easier than the finished result suggests isn't it!!?
    Sue

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  2. Oooh Sid, I have just bought this book and now that I've seen something made, you've inspired me to have a go. May be won't be for a while as I still can't get about but I can keep looking at the pictures and getting my ideas down.

    Great inspiration - Sam xxx

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  3. What a fantastic little book....

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  4. These are fun books to make - and you did a great job

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  5. Very clever little book, Cid. I shall have to investigate piano hinges now!! :)

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  6. Sorry, pressed the wrong button. I meant Sid.

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  7. Ooo now that looks great fun! What fab binding! Very different, and I love th colours too!

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  8. Looks great Sid, love the binding!

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  9. fabulous piano hinge book Sid. they are great fun to make aren't they?

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  10. What a fabulous piano hinge book! Thanks for showing all sides of it. Inspiring!!

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  11. Oh Sid - this is an absolute darling of a book. And you have decorated it brilliantly

    I am off to see if I can find a tute on the web

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  12. What a fabulous book, Sid! I always shy away from the complicated ones so good on you for tackling and making such a good job of it.

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  13. Sid this is a fab book and looks very complicated to make. Love the stamps and colours.

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  14. Sid this is a fab book and looks very complicated to make. Love the stamps and colours.

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  15. Wonderful job Sid. I just love the color combination.

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  16. A fabulous project, I love it.
    xxx Hazel.

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  17. that's a novel idea - and looks great

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  18. Piano Hinge books was one of the very first workshops I ever did so this has taken me back a long long time. Love what you have done - and the gold ink is fab, so rich.
    Hugs, Neet

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  19. Great job on this, I mean to do one myself someday.

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  20. Fantatic, this is on my to do list for such a long time. Its looks absoilutely great

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