I keep talking about book covers, so thought I would show the type I'm altering. These are all heavy board with slick paper covers, not cloth or leather. They can be sanded to remove the shine, or
they can be gessoed, depending on what you want to do with them afterward.
The backs can be covered with decorative paper, like the ones I've covered using some of my shaving cream papers.
I want to keep all my holes consistent, even though I may not know what width the book cover is. So I created a template that will ensure I get the right placement every time.
It worked great and I was feeling very satisfied,
then realized I'm a very messy painter. As a result, I have decided if I am going to paint something on the front of the piece, I won't add anything to the back until after the piece is completed. At that time, I will add the backing and punch holes. If I'm making an assemblage, I will add the backing and punch the holes before any assembly to the front. Sometimes it's good to think things through before jumping in the deep end.
Speaking of jumping in the deep end, I started an abstract I want to create. The problem is, it takes forever for one layer of paint to dry before I can add the next layer. I'm using a glaze to lighten and soften the colors, as well as add transparency. That's why each layer takes forever to dry. I'm also removing some of the paint using a wet wipe, both for texture and color removal.
I can't believe how different the colors and the texture appear when I took the cover outside to photograph it. It will take awhile before this one is finished, but I will reference this photo the next time I show how far it's come.
AEDM, and I prepped a few book covers, created a template for punching holes in any size book cover, whether the holes are for vertical or horizontal assembly, and started creating a new abstract that will take several days to complete.
As always, I greatly appreciate your visits, your comments, and your kind advice when I need it. Thanks again.