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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Well, not the river of course, but Amazon online marketplace. I love Amazon and get loads of stuff from them including lots of books and I always throw the packaging away. But this time, I thought I'd do something else and I turned one of the cardboard book box/envelope things into a folder. First, I opened it right up and painted it all over with gesso.

I took a ring binder and placed the holes where I wanted them and then took it off to paint it. I also made a spine from mountboard to stick on when it was finished - a: for strength and b: to cover the brads attaching the ring binder.

Using acrylic paints, Dylusions inks and stencils and digi images from Octopode (enlarged to 8") and Ten Two Studios I decorated it. I bought a pad of ready prepared canvas sheets and then added them and now I've got myself a nice, bright painting book.



The flap on the bottom right has been stuck down to make a pocket.

Entering into:
DIVA'S BY DESIGN #44 - Anything goes.
PERFECT SENTIMENT #41 - Anything goes.
CRAZY AMIGO'S - Free theme.

JACKSON'S DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS #14 - Anything goes with colour medium.
MAKE IT MONDAY #98 - Anything goes.


Andy Llewelyn-Brinsley said...

Wow sis, this is gorgeous, I really love the colours and how imaginative of you! Love it. Good luck with all your challenges, looks like we have entered the same ones so I am up against you for loads now!
Love You

Star said...

Lorraine this is totally brilliant. Stunning design and great colour choice. Who would have thought simple packaging could turn into a work of art. Love it
Eileen x

sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! I really love this. The design is brilliant and the colours are wonderful


Cheryl said...

I am in love! Oh my goodness this is sooo cool! Love the colors and design - great project. Thanks for joining us this week at The Perfect Sentiment.

Bonnie Irvine said...

This is a fabulous recycling idea. The cover of your book is so bright and fun with gorgeous layers. It's sure to be inviting to play in the minute you see it. Thanks for joining us in our challenge at Art With No Boundaries.

inkypinkycraft said...

What a great make!! And love the colours...cannot believe how clever that is, trace x

Michele said...

what a brilliant canvas! fabulous creation! xo

Molecraft said...

A fabulous project, love the colours...thanks for joining us at Divas!
Helen x

Sharon said...

Wow a fantastic creation- very clever! Thanks for joining us at Jacksons Digital Expressions!

SAHLERS said...

Awsome project love the color thanks for joining in at Divas by Design

Chana said...

You are just too creative! This is fabs. Thanks for showing us how you did it. I will have to give this a try! We love having you as a regular player at Jackson's Digital Expressions!
Chana, DT Coordinator

Margaret said...

Wow! Aren't you just the clever girl. :) This is such a fabulous project. I love it! Thanks so much for the fab tutorial. So happy to have you join us at Perfect Sentiment.

Elly said...

Al least, summertime in blogland. I love your transforming. I did three of them, but never that artsy. Cooool stamps (:o)

Confiseries Papier said...

Such a good idea,great job,thanks for the tutorial,and also thanks for joining us at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

Lori said...

Beautiful - you created a wonderful painted background and the elements you added are perfect! So glad you linked up at Art With No Boundaries - now I know what to do with those Amazon boxes!

Sheila H said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I love the vibrant colors you chose for your project. And thanks for sharing your creativity at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

Lisa M said...

Sensational recycling job!! You've truly created a very inspiring piece of artwork here and I've loved every image you posted. Just hated to see them end. :( Amazing visuals and textures!

Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!

Julia said...

I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to come visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS! My entries are: #89, #90, #91, #151, #154, #155, #173, #254, #255 and #282.
I would love to have you visit my blog!

Vickie O'Dell said...

Simply amazing! How creative and green to turn "trash" into treasure like this. Thank you for joining us at The Perfect Sentiment challenge this week.

Jennifer said...

So very clever, Lorraine! Love your bright happy colours, and your inventive recycling.
Thanks for your kind comments, and a BIG thank you for becoming a follower.

Jennifer. x

Ellis said...

This looks stunning, great recycling and you did a good job on the coloring and decorations! =) You should enter this into our Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenge blog too! =)
Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!
Hugs, Elenor DT

Chris / CS Designs said...

Lorraine, This is a great project. It's always great to see how things are done and love the how-to. Thank you for sharing this with us on Art With No Boundaries and look forward to seeing more of your fabulous work.
:) Chris / CS Designs

MezzoKat said...

Wonderful transformation! Congratulations on being featured on Art with No Boundaries.

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