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Altered art by Vera Lucia Emerim. Altered books, card holders,albums, ATC, collage and other mixed media artworks.

Location: Araranguá, Brazil

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Altered journal Leather

I used a technique to do the cover I learned from my Brazilian decoupage group. It is very nice when you touch it because it reminds you of leather. I used cone shaped coffee filters, stained wqith coffee, of course. Or you can recycle your used filters, wash them and let them dry. I cut them in irregular pieces, glued to the cover using decoupage techniques, put one coat of varnish. let it dry and then I made the stitches using CD pens ( the ones you use to write on CDs). A large pointed one for the holes and a thin pointed for the stitches. After drying I used 3 coats of acrylic varnish and one coat of oil based one. Hope you can use this technique in your works. It takes about 48 hours to have it done.Please enlarge the pictures to see details.

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Blogger Jennifer said...

What a neat looking cover! The stitching looks so real ... I think it's because you drew in the holes, too, instead of just the stitching. What did you stain the coffee filters with? Or were they just coffee stained? It's just beautiful.

6:36 AM  
Blogger ANGELS & CRAFTS COLLECTION by Susanna Routo said...

So cool that I must try it! Thank you for sharing. You always suprised us!Biiiig hug, Susanna

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vera, your cover is outstanding as is all your work! You are such an inspiration. Jo Ann DuPlantis

10:54 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Hello Vera
This book is stunning, and how lovely of you to share how you did it.. I really glad to see people are finally leaving you comments.
Your work is very inspiring to us all...

1:13 AM  
Blogger Lindart said...

Vera, this book is so cool! It really looks like leather -great job and thanks for sharing it!!
Linda C

4:32 AM  
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