Here is my completed boardbook canvas. I did this as an example for our Creative Spirits Group that will meet in September for a day-long art retreat. It's based on a project by Shona Coles that was published in Somerset Studios Workshop. It's actually 3 pieces: the boardbook, the canvas board that hangs, and the background canvas. It's titled THINGS SO CREATED.
This is the background canvas. The photo is a glossy photo, altered, as per Shona Cole's technique. All of the photos in the boardbook, and this one, are from previous Chicago Garden Shows. You can't see it here, but the edge of the canvas has strips of old text glued on.
This is the canvas board, without the book. Those black things are the velcro, which attaches the book to it. The beaded wire is how it hangs (on a nail) on the larger canvas.
And here's a glimpse inside the boardbook. Lots of gesso in here! After sanding and gessoing the book, it's painted, then gessoed again. Then you stamp in the book and gesso a THIRD time. I do like the effect. Very different for me, because I'm into BRIGHT colors.
A close-up of the corner of the canvas. Altering the photo was pretty easy to do with hot water and sandpaper and fluid acrylics. The color scheme just kind of happened. It was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to doing another one at our retreat.