New project coming soon: leather covered notebook with embossed design

I have edited the centre part of a book panel to make it easier to transfer the design.  You can find the original book cover alongside many other beautiful examples here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildmuse/sets/72157623038723753

I have edited the centre part of a book panel to make it easier to transfer the design. You can find the original book cover alongside many other beautiful examples here.

Hello Begonias!

It’s been a plague house here in Bavaria, but we are now almost fully recovered from a heavy dose of the flu (not man flu, not a mere cold, but full-on hideousness).  We send healing thoughts to anyone else who has been suffering the horrible bugs doing the rounds recently.

Tosh had been working on a notebook covered with leather to share with you, and has now been able to complete the basic work to create a plain, undecorated version.  It is quite easy to do, and I will post photos and guidelines for that shortly.  A follow-up post will include a decorative front panel based on the centre part of a 16th century book cover design and decorative (fake) metal hinges.  Although the original book is covered with embroidered velvet, the design also works well on plain leather, using a soldering iron to emboss.  In this way, you can do quite intricate designs with ease.

See you soon!

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Book review: Trace & Paint Watercolour from Search Press

Remember painting by numbers?  Artists Terry Harrison, Geoff Kersey and Arnold Lowrey help you to achieve quick watercolour painting results in a similar way with the added advantage of plenty of guidance along the way.  There are no block colours here, though!

Trace & Paint Watercolour is a kind of learn by osmosis book rather than a traditional tutor book, and part of a huge range of similar reasonably priced items from British publisher Search Press dealing with a wide range of arts and crafts.  The range is distributed overseas, so if you are on the other side of the world, you should have no problem finding any of their titles through your usual book stockist.

This is my version of Geoff Kersey's

This is my version of Geoff Kersey’s “Snow Scene” from Trace & Paint Watercolour. I found this image particularly appealing, as it echoes the winter scenes in the forests surrounding our village. A range of five standard round brushes is called for in the instructions, ten colours and masking fluid in addition to the 300 gsm rough paper – nothing too excessive!

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