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:
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
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!
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: