Friday, 27 November 2015

Book box tutorial part one.

Today I am sharing this large apothecary book box with you. So as not to make the post too long with steps and images, I am sticking to showing you how I did the outside of the book first. The insides and extra details will follow in a separate tutorial.

Supplies Need:

DecoArt Modelling Paste White
DecoArt Modelling Paste Black
DecoArt Gesso Black
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics cobalt Teal Hue
DecoArt Media Antiquing cream Patina Green
DecoArt Multipurpose sealer
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso /Copper Kettle
Americana acrylic Indian Turquoise/Titanium White
Traditions Artist Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
Blank alterable book box
Palette knife
Paint brushes
soft cloth
Shaped plaque
embellishments (old jewellery, metal ornament etc)
Patterned Tissue paper

Using a palette knife, apply Modelling Paste / Texture paste through your chosen stencil.

Allow the texture to dry thoroughly. Then paint a coat of Indian Turquoise acrylic paint over it. Continue to paint the whole book box.

Apply a coat of cobalt teal media fluid acrylic to the front cover.

Apply a wash of Quinacridone Gold from the top, allowing it to run down the surface.
Continue to apply the Quinacridone Gold until you are satisfied with how it looks then allow to dry. 

Using a soft cloth (or your finger) gently apply some metallic lustre to the raised surfaces of texture.

The plaque section:

Give the wooden plaque a coat of black gesso and allow it to dry.

 Apply black modelling paste through stencil and leave to dry thoroughly. 

When completely dry, apply a couple of coats of titanium white acrylic paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.

This step should only be done if the modelling paste has had time to dry completely solid so perhaps leave t over night.
Using sandpaper, gently sand over the top of the plaque just enough to take off some of the white paint on the raised surfaces. This should give a bit of a worn ‘wrought iron’ look.
To make your wrought iron look rusty, use the Quinacridone gold wash in the same way as you did the book cover.

Add a coat of sealant (multi-purpose sealer or similar) and when its dry, apply a coat of Patina Green antiquing cream and use a soft cloth to remove excess. You can remove as much or as little as you like. Apply a protective coating of sealer or varnish to the book and the plaque.  All they need now is to be assembled with the embellishments.

Next time I will show you the sides and inside.  Now, as I have used stencils here (with texture paste) I would like to include this post in the Mixed media Challenge HERE at "Mixed Media World"

Zuzu x


  1. Gorgeous Louise, great step by step for everyone as well.

  2. Super project and great tutorial!! Can't wait to see the rest now

  3. Wow and a great big thank you for the tutorial!!
    Sandy xx

  4. Totally incredible!! Your color choices are beyond deliciousness Louise!!
    Thanks so much for the step out!!
    Where did you find the Apothecary stencil? I love it!

    1. Hi Jackie :)
      the stencil is part of one of the Andy Skinner stencils by DecoArt.

    2. thanks so much for the reply Louise!! xx

  5. This is great! Lots of great ideas to try in here. Thanks for sharing the process. It turned out beautifully!

  6. This is just beautiful! Lots of steps, but definitely worth the effort. I like the interior you posted after this, with the steam punk vibe, but I just need the pretty outside. I'm looking for some cool props for bookcase staging and product photos and this is exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks for the great project.

  7. Oh my...your altered book is marvellous !! Fantastic result. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. LOVE the textured look.
    Thank you for sharing your art. It was VERY inspiring.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  8. Stunning! Thank you for a great tutorial. I have a bare set of books waiting to be worked on :)


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