Friday, September 19, 2014

Witch's Spellbook with Rachel Whetzel

Hello, out there in Creativeland!! It's Rachel Whetzel, here. It's starting to feel like Fall here in Oregon, and Fall puts me in a spooky mood, so I took some inspiration from the interwebs, and decided to create a Spell Book to add to my Witch's Apothecary Halloween display! 
WHAT YOU'LL NEED to make your own canvas:
  • An old phone book
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Sandpaper
  • Paints. I use Folk Art acrylic craft paints.
  • Stain. I used Valspar antiquing stain
  • Paint brushes
Get your phonebook sanded up, to help your clay cling to the surface. 
 Because my phonebook had colored pages I didn't want to show, I painted the outside of the pages to make them all look uniform.

 Then, I wet my cover, and started building the "cover" of the book.
 I also carved the words "Book of Spells" onto the cover while the clay was wet, and then painted the cover black once my clay was dry.
 Sand your cover to smooth it out, and create a leathery look to the overall piece. I used gold paint to highlight the title of the book, and wiped off the excess.
 Here's the finished piece, with some of my other Creative Paperclay® pieces from years past.
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Susan M. Brown {sbartist} said...

Rachel this is such a remarkable upcycle into something so SpOoky COoL!!! I have one of these that I have saved to press/dry leaves in and this is a perfect way to embellish the cover. LOVE it!!!

Brenda Burfeind said...

Love, love, love this. I have a few old phone books I've been hoarding and now I know what I can do with them. Fabulous!

Rachel Whetzel said...

Thanks, ladies!

Meme said...

Love what you did with the old phone book! Great idea!