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Little book of whispers - Mixed media art class

supplies and tools


Below is a list of supplies for the class. Please also visit the "Encaustic Set-Up" page HERE. I highly recommend that you use any materials that you already have! Very few "art" materials are needed for this project: it's all about gathering discarded things and giving them new life!

What you'll need:

Little Book of whispers - Laly Mille
Little Book of whispers - Laly Mille

To build the pages:

  • a variety of scraps of papers in neutral tones (look for left-overs from past projects!). Some good choices are: book-pages, handwritten letters, pages from your journal, postcards, library cards, recipe cards, kraft envelopes, mulberry paper, sewing pattern tissue, wrapping paper, teabag paper...
  • a few vintage papers (either originals or laser prints): ledger paper, letters... There are also lots of lovely vintage-looking scrap-booking papers. Check out the class's Pinterest board for a selection of free high-res printables!
  • a variety of fibers: lace, ribbon, cheesecloth, pieces of old linen and clothes (ask around you or go to the thrift store or a garage sale)
  • matte gel medium
  • medium-sized flat paintbrush (I use this set)
  • some freezer paper or other non-stick paper to put between the pages while they dry
Little Book of whispers - Laly Mille

To bind the book:

  • thin cotton fabric, ideally bookbinder's cloth (like this one), tulle, cheesecloth or other thin fabric from old curtains, thin t-shirt, ribbon...
  • for the stitch method: a needle tool (awl), a needle and some strong thread
  • for the non-stitch option: nothing!

To catch the whispers, add words and imagery:

  • some vintage images or other favorite images: botanical prints, natural history prints, postcards, photos... check out the class's Pinterest board for a selection of free high-res printables!
  • a few book-pages or copies of book-pages that we will use for cut-out words: favorite books, poetry, fairytales, children's literature, old dictionary...
  • a variety of fine-tip pens and pencils to journal with (white, black and brown are nice options): I'm using a sepia Pitt Artist pen, a white and a black Posca...

To create the covers:

  • for the plaster and wax option: plaster gauze, a piece of cotton fabric, and the encaustic materials listed HERE.
  • for the no-plaster, no-wax option: a book-cover, preferably a vintage one, or you can also use a cover from a regular book and decorate/distress it. You could even print a vintage cover (again, check-out the Pinterest board) and collage it on some thick card-stock.
  • a crochet doily (not necessarily vintage): ask around you or find lots of them on Etsy!
Little Book of whispers - Laly Mille

For finishing touches:

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Printables Pinterest board!

Here is a selection of free high-res printables to use in your book if you wish! I'll keep adding more in the coming weeks:

Have fun gathering your materials!

LBW words 43W.jpg
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