Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Tunnel Book Saga...

Hi folks, I recently decided to have a go at decorating a Joggles Tunnel Book but being a thrifty Scot...
decided I could make two tunnel books out of one, if I divided up alternate pages
and made two new covers from chipboard for the second book and oh boy, am I glad I did because
I didn't realise as I set out on this decorating adventure what a marathon it would turn out to be, but more about that later. I started off by covering the covers and pages with White Gesso back and front and that was a marathon in itself, waiting for it all to dry. I fixed papers from Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stash to both sides of the cover using Distress Collage Medium Matte and repunched the holes. Sharing a little "do as I say, not as I do" tip...repunch the holes as you add each piece of paper because once you have paper on both sides, you can' no longer see where the holes are, simples, but why didn't I realise that.
I fixed torn strips of Menagerie Tissue Wrap in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and applied a light coat of White Gesso.

and then had lots of messy fun applying Worn Lipstiick , Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paints with my fingers followed by a layer of White Gesso
I then added Idea-ology Design Tape and applied Ranger Opaque Texture Paste through the Flourish Mini Layering Stenciland while it was drying, I finger painted all the pages with the same colours, added Idea-ology Design Tape around the edges of all the apertures and added more White Gesso.

I then stamped images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology and Illustrated Garden on the covers and pages using Black Soot and Vintage Photo Archival Inks...
and added words from Idea-ology Chatter Design Tape

And if you're thinking that was a marathon, prepare yourselves for Instalment 2...the diecutting of millions of florals to decorate my nature themed book which may result in a lie down in a darkened room but I'm just thankful that I decided to divide up the original book otherwise I may have been carted off in a strait jacket screaming "I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel". But hey ho, today I'm having a little break, a change of scene which I hope will kick start the motivation and hopefully I'll be back soon to share the completed tome, the War and Peace of Craft Projects.  In the meantime you have fun with whatever you're making.
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Oh Kath you made me smile with your post x But I have to say that it was all worth it as it looks quite amazing x I look forward to viewing the next instalment xx

    Enjoy your day
    Annie xx

  2. Another stunning creation, worth all the hard work! hugs Anesha

  3. It’s going to be totally worth it when you arrive at the other side! And I am super excited to see it completed! Maybe the “other” book would be a nice donation to a crafty friend to keep them busy a while... Anyway, love the idea and everything so far, the colors look beautiful, and I bet all those layers of medium are simply dreamy. xxx

  4. Kath, It's absolutely beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to work through this, share with us, and keep your delightful sense of humor in the "struggle". I Love this project!

  5. Oh my Kath, you make me giggle, what a marathon that would have been if you hadn't split it into 2 books. LOL! This is looking fabulous and can't wait to see the finished result. I hope you enjoyed your day.
    Linda xxx

  6. A marathon indeed! The end result must be stunning, you have put so much time and effort into it and it is already beautiful... look forward to seeing it finished! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Hopped over here from FB.... and I gotta tell you I love the step by step! What a beautiful creation and I love all the layers! Looking forward to the next installment!

  8. Thanx for your humor, and the detail given in the step-by-step instructions. Your perspective on your process is insprational, and the end result is wonderful. Now I have yo give this a try!

  9. Thanx for your humor, and the detail given in the step-by-step instructions. Your perspective on your process is insprational, and the end result is wonderful. Now I have yo give this a try!


Thanks for taking the time to visit me in the cubbyhole...I love to hear from you.
hugs Kath xxx