Buttons from the family button box, a few sequins and miscellaneous beads. Stacked, back and boucle/bocce stitches. The stick in the background is an honest to goodness, chewed by a beaver, stick!!! Picked up at Skookum Lake in Northern Ontario (close to Sault Ste Marie) a couple of years ago.
You might not know this, but I have a weird and wonderful facination with handmade books. No, I've never taken a lesson, but I've purchased books to teach myself a few techniques. Some, of course, are far beyond my fledgling capabilities, but this one was fairly easy and fun to do. I found the instructions for it in Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden. I've played with a few of the one-sheet-of-paper folded type books and am happy with the results. I hope to do more of this in the future!
Back to this book! It's heavy watercolour paper (I forget the weight). I cut and folded the book first and then proceeded to paint and embellish. I made it a while ago, so actually forget exactly what I did. However, I will tell you that it included acrylic ink & paint, watercolour pencils & crayons, regular pencil crayons, distress ink, pearls, gesso, acrylic matte medium. I also pasted in some of my citra solve paper and a folded origami envelope, made out of that same paper. I distressed the edges and then finished it off with some of my machine wrapped braid, a leaf and a few beads. A little obsessive, but all-in-all a satisfying exercise.
The final result in all it's fresh green colour!!!