Friday, February 28, 2014

Altered Books with Plaster of Paris

With this book cut out arch in the cover and adhere the doll to the first prpared page.

It is optional whether you cover the front and the back covers with plaster. You can simply cover the front.

In this book design I cut the arch shape in the cover of the book and also through layers of the book pages. I cut a horizontal bar to serve as a shrine to hold trinkets.


Work the clay to warm in your hands. Make a ball. Rub a bit of baby powder on doll.

Press clay to flatten to length of doll.

Work the clay up around the doll to build a wall.


Remove doll from the mold. Allow the mold to dry.


Mix up plaster of paris to fill the mold. Let it set.



Use a utility knife to cut out the arch and horizontal bar shapes.


Cover the book cover with two coats of Gesso. Sand lightly when dry.

Mix up a new batch of plaster.


Spread the plaster with your fingers on the covers. Can only do the front cover if you prefer.

I used Gesso mixed with Teal to tone it down. Then add Green Gold, then Qinac Azo Gold, then Light Burnt Umber.

Use your fingers to paint on a color then wipe with a damp cloth...add next color and wipe. Proceed until you've used the color combinations you want.

The gold is added for accent along ridges or white patches.


Brush on a layer of W&N India Ink in Sunshine Yellow to age the cover.

Choose a book page or your own painted paper to glue into the arch window.

This paper will peek through your arch window.

Glue the doll and trinkets in place. I used YES Paste. Make sure you sealed your doll with gel medium.

Place wax seal into position. Choose a metal stamp.

Heat seal with glue gun and press metal stamp into melted wax.

Use Distress Ink-antique linen- to age the printed page. First apply and wipe gesso. Let dry then rub ink on with fingers. Add abit of light burnt umber to the edges and across the wax seal.

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