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Claudia - aka "die amelie" x

Friday, 28 March 2014

Bird Journal No.1

My first try on making a book with coptic stitch binding. The book covers are made from heavy cardboard on which I used acrylic colours, some lace, designer paper, old book pages and a watercoloured quick sketch of a bird (done after a photograph).

I also covered the covers' insides with some lovely designer paper that matches the theme of my little watercolour.

On the outsides I used DecoArt Americana acrylic colours "Dusty Rose" and "Sea Glass" alongside some white DecoArt Acrylic Gesso, which I applied with a palette knife.

The edges of the covers were heavily scraped with the blade of a carpet knife to roughen them for a more shabby look.

I also roughened the edges of the designer paper before glueing it to the cover.

I like the look of the Coptic stitch binding although I 'm not sure if I did all the stitching as it should be done. But as my book doesn't fall apart the binding obviously seems to work. But I will definitely have to practise on this ;)

As I wanted my sketch to be finished quickly, I did the watercolouring with some Distress stains and a brush. Before that I had to seal the pencil drawing with some hairspray so not to smudge it when applying the watercolours.



  1. Love your sketch!! And what a great piece for it to adorn. Really love all of the layers on this! We do have the most fun making things shabby, don't we?! Carpet knife works perfectly :) I am in awe of the binding. Will have to try this myself sometime. Gorgeous make Claudia!! - ME

  2. Beautiful, love the images and colours
    Really cool construction, I'm just on a course learning book techniques

    Jools x

  3. Stunning!! Your little bird painting is gorgeous! Those papers are lovely too and great binding!! So glad I found this blog of yours via FB!!

  4. Subtle, delicate and stunning.
    Alison x