Luce Change: Book Ends

- by Lucy Edmondson

When Shar asked me to do a column with a gift make, my mind immediately went to the useful and the practical! This could have something to do with the fact that Chez Edmondson is still lacking in furniture, fixtures, and fittings after its little incident earlier this year. I also thought that as our crafting sorority has many book lovers in its midst (and as I don't currently possess a book case!) that a pair of book ends would make a lovely present - perhaps along with a carefully chosen book?

The book ends I am using are made of MDF and have hearts but this is not essential. If you like the idea though, you could easily add a wooden heart from your stash into the right angle of a pair of plain wooden book ends.

I used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints with their crackle glaze but you can use any crackle product and paints you have available. I painted the bookends in Pansy:-

Then, I added the crackle using the side of a store card and gave it plenty of time to dry.

Next, I applied Snowflake (White) paint.

Using the Relish Reading plate from Rogue Redhead Designs (which I thought was fitting), I stamped the girl reading a book leaning against a tree three times in Black StazOn -  twice onto tissue paper and once onto scrap paper to use as a mask, and cut each piece out.

I used low tack tape to adhere a stencil to the corners and applied moulding paste with a lolly stick and left it to dry overnight, although with hindsight it would have been better to do this step towards the end.

I adhered the tissue paper pieces with gel medium as shown - the reason for using tissue was so I could turn one image over so they are facing each other to create matching book ends.

I dabbed distress inks onto an acrylic block and picked up the colours with a wet paintbrush to colour the images, doing one section at a time so both images matched, and then sealed them with more gel medium.

I used a small paintbrush to paint the moulded/stencilled pieces with distress ink to highlight them.

I used low tack tape to adhere the mask in place over the image (turning it over for the other book end) and overstamped with a crackle stamp in Ranger's Brushed Corduroy distress ink, and the ledger from Relish Reading in Ranger's Dusty Concord distress ink. I didn't use a block, just held it loosely in my hand and dabbed all over.

Using a bit of CutN Dry foam, I inked all the edges with Dusty Concord distress ink to frame the design, including the edges of the hearts.

I stamped the quote from Relish Reading using Ranger's Seedless Preserves distress ink.

I filled in gaps all over using sequin waste and Seedless Preserves ink.

To finish off, I used the remainder of the text stamps from the Relish Reading Plate. So here are the final book ends!

OK, I admit it - they're gonna be so useful I'm gonna keep 'em!

12 unruly observations:

  1. Superb and thank you for showing all your steps:)

  2. Awesome bookends- I would keep them too!

  3. Lucy, these are fantastic! What a perfect thing to make with that Relish Reading set!!!


  4. Chez Edmondson?? Even when you were going through some really bad times, I could not help but have a chuckle at the way you would put it out there! I know you know I was not enjoying your pain, but loved some of how you would cope with it! Well onto your bookends! What a great decorative idea and fitting for any room in Chez Edmondson! Love how you used that stamp and all the extra inking goodness! Beautiful tutorial! Each day will just bring more completion to your home! Yes, I would keep them!!! Have a great evening! Hugs!

  5. Great book ends - the image is perfect for them and the tip about using tissue to you can turn them to face opposite ways is really clever.

  6. These look great, wonderful stamping.

  7. Oh do you really want them Lucy? I know a good home for such wonderful pieces. lol
    hugs {brenda} xox

  8. fabulous project! that stamp is perfect!

  9. These are beautiful, Lucy... I can see why they're staying at Chez Edmonson. Love that crackle and texture!


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