Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Bitty Book!

A Bitty Book
{Altered Composition Book Cover}
3.25 x 4.5"

"A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark"
- Dante Alighieri


I was out with a girlfriend recently when she pulled out the tiniest little composition book you ever did see. Well okay, maybe you have seen one before, but I had not and I loved it! It was just like the old-school black & white books that come to mind, but only colorful. And itty-bity. And I knew right then what my next project would be. . . .

As luck would have it, an accidentally-on-purpose trip to the dollar store (where I had heard such tiny things live) shortly thereafter found me beaming over 3 little books bundled together. SO cute. And at 33 cents each, a guilt-free substrate to alter. 


I took my little books and some limited supplies with me during an outing with the family last week. And in case you wanted to see it, I took a ton of process shots along the way. Ready? Okay, go:

Protect composition book with wax paper and painters tape

Apply several coats of gesso and then sand for a smooth surface

Sketch girl and spray with workable fixative

Begin defining her features with watercolor and acrylic paints

Add heavier acrylic, gouache paints and black ink.

Final details include oil pastels, shimmer ink and plenty pops of white



And there you have it! A little bitty book. And now that she's done, I can't wait to try my hand at more. . . . 



Happy Friday, Happy Weekend and Happy PPF!



To Love & Art,
Kristin xo

33 comments:

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Wow I love this face. Well done.
Nicole/Beadwright

Giggles said...

Okay, STUNNING!! LOVE your beautiful journal face!! Can't wait to see more!!

Hugs Giggles

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful project! Hugs, Valerie

Clare Lloyd said...

fab journal!

BLOGitse said...

I want one! This is so cuuuute. Interesting to see the process too.
Happy PPF!

Paper rainbow said...

This is so sweet, I must give it a try too. :)

Marianne said...

WOW... this little book looks amazing!!

Olivier Violin said...

Superbe ! Félicitations Kristin.
Passe un bon week-end :)

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Wow! What great little books to work on. It turned out great.

Carolyn Dube said...

That little book has just become a mighty book with your wonderful art on it! Happy PPF!

Christine said...

sweet little book!

Laila said...

Lovely book cover you've made. And it must be so inspiring to work in that book later on. Good ideas are a thrill to work through.

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

This is so cute!!!Love those cute lil books :) I have made (handmade) some and decorated it, waiting to be posted in my blog :)

missy k said...

A bargain which you altered beautifully!

Love!

Karen x

Carin Cullen said...

Oh my word, that's so sweet! I love it Kristin. And at that price..what a bargain!

Linda Kunsman said...

Yes! I have been altering these little gems for some years now-even did a project write up for ARTchix Studio. I posted a pic of one not long ago that I recently covered. They are quite addicting-and it's so much nicer to carry around an artsy notebook.Of course they make great little gifts too. Your painting on it is delightful!! I know you will be making lots more of these:):)

Ariel said...

Wow! this is gorgeous. The cover looks awesome.Thanks for sharing the step by step pictures.
Susan

My name is Erika. said...

Fantastic face on your little book. I love how you made the lips have a little sparkle.

denthe said...

Ooooh, how sweet ....! I want a book like that. Imagine all the things you can do with it, give as little surprise gifts, put one in every handbag you own, oh, I'd sure make good use of these. Might have to make a trip too, although I've never seen tiny sewn notebooks like this around here ....

janelydialoves said...

I love journals and you've made a beautiful cover x

Mary Ann Potter said...

Cute and fun! I love journals and notebooks. I also use hardback book covers (books I don't like - pages removed) as substrates. They make such a nice surface for collaging.

~Rasz~ said...

What a great idea! So cute and they would make a great Xmas present too. Darling face on the book you did. Now I am ready to go check out the dollar store! Happy PPF, Rasz #67

Terri Corona said...

SO darling!! And I always love your process shots.

massofhair said...

Am in Lurve with your teeny tiny books, need to try this! Thanks for the tutorial, so helpful to a beginner drawer like me, mwah:-) xxx

Annie Claxton said...

ABsolutely gorgeous and I love that it's so teeny! :o)xxx

Phoenix Peacock said...

ooooo. now I want to make one too.
Your portrait is stunning. This is very well done. Thank you for sharing and causing such inspiration!

Miss Marple said...

LOVE it! Happy PPF and have a wonderfull and creative sunday! - Irma

Karen Maggio said...

How fun, just love the color.

Caz said...

This is amazing and so much fun!! The colours are fab!!

sheila 77 said...

I love little books and I love yours, thanks for the step-by-step.

iHanna said...

It's sooo cute. Wish we had composition books here too!

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Sandra said...

looked so cute i like it