This hinged canvas book measures 7” x 5”. Much of the paper I used came from the My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Two 6x6 paper pad. I started by painting the canvases brown and then apply Ranger White Picket Fence Crackle Paint. I added torn bits of paper and inked the edges of the paper and the paint. I added lace over the paper. The writing is a rub-on from 7 Gypsies. I think they produce the best rub-ons. Not just because of the designs but how well they release when you apply them and how they work so well on so many surfaces (yes I applied the rub-on over the lace). All rub-ons are not created equal. The large pieces in the corners are stamped paper clay. Click here to see a tutorial on how to make embellishments
InsideThe best part of using painter’s canvas to create a book is the niche in the back of the canvas.
Inside LeftFor the inside of the book I dry brushed the wood with brown, yellow and cream paint. Just as on the front of the book I added torn inked paper and rub-ons before adding the embellishments. In order to be able to close the book I avoid adding bulky embellishments except in the niche.
On the back, I first dry brushed the canvas with brown, yellow, and cream paint before adding paper and embellishments. The large label behind the woman is a transparency. The designs in the upper right hand corner and in the lower left corner are rub-ons. The bicycle is a piece of German scrap.
I typically use small nails to attach the hinges but in this case the holes in the hinges were too small for my smallest screws. I ended up using nails which I think are long enough that it will hold. For extra support, I glued the hinges on first before nailing them to the canvases.
I purchased the hinges several years ago. They were made by EK Success. They had a brand called Sticko and the line of metal embellishments were called “Architexture”. I don’t think they produce this line anymore but you may be able to find their products on Ebay. I don't remember were I found the handles. I've had them for awhile as well.