Turn Trashy Books Into Treasured Items!
No literature was harmed in this project.
All books that were altered were not only dumpster dive finds but were the probably trash for the mind as well…..Not that they were THAT kind of trash, I go to the Dumpster not the Gutter! But don’t they look gorgeous now!
Painting and antiquing books that were not serving much purpose in their current state could be my new favorite project. This is the kind of project where you see CeCe Caldwell’s chalk and clay based paints make magic with their new line of 100% natural metallic waxes. For the debut on the waxes, you can read that HERE. I (painful part here) tore the spines off the books. Just like pulling off a bandage, do it all at once and it doesn’t hurt.
I opened a can of CeCe Caldwell’s Omaha Ochre, a gorgeous neutral gold color. I brushed it on, more than a dry brush, but not complete coverage. I wanted to hit the high points.
The Aging Cream gives the Gold an antique look. I applied this mixture pretty liberally over the entire (decimated) book. I brushed it over the pages as well.
I used a 2nd small brush and hit the high points of the book with just the El Dorado Gold. I tied each book with a simple piece of kitchen twine. The books all got snatched up at my last Paris Flea Sale but I will definitely be making more for our April sale. April 3rd – 6th.
Off to destroy more trashy books. Hope no one is cringing if you hear the sound of books spines being ripped away from the books….Sometimes we must suffer for our art…..
Next time you come across some books that aren’t worth reading…remember you can turn trashy books into treasured items with just a little paint and wax!
My Antiqued Books will be making their own book club at these legitimate establishments: