Metal and Canvas Books


I began by tearing canvas into 4″ x 8 ” pieces and painting both sides with gesso. I think if I were to start again I would tear them into 4 ” x 8 1/2″ pieces to allow for the bulk of paint and collage. When the pages were folded in half the book got fairly fat and the pages were a little short in width.
I painted the pages with fluid acrylic washes.
These are the semi finished pages for two books, the blue on the left will be Birds & Bees the yellow on the right is Flora.
There are images that are drawn, painted and transfered onto tea bags, pieces of rice paper, printed tissue paper, wrapping paper, pieces of painted fabric, scraps from other projects, transfers on fabric, painted canvas and a sewing pattern. All adhered with gel medium and machine stitching.

I folded the canvas pages in half and clamped them to help set the fold.
I tore 4″ x 2″ strips of canvas to use on the binding. Since the canvas was not painted I did some zigzag stitching around the edge, then positioned it over the center of the stack of pages, taping it in place to secure it for stitching.
I stitched through the four layers on my Bernina sewing machine (my Janome would not sew through the bulk).
I clamped the stitched book again to help it hold the fold.
Walnut Hollow sells a very strong double sided tape to adhere the metal to other surfaces. I found that it will even stick to canvas. I attached the tape and burnished it well to the canvas and then peeled away the paper backing to stick it to the metal, burnishing it to make a good bond with the metal.

I finished the binding by adding some cloth book binding tape. If you have a sewing machine with metal gears (Bernina, Pfaff) you can sew along the edge of the book cloth tape thru the copper. A top stitching needle will work fine.

My next post will show the whole book page by page.

7 Responses to “Metal and Canvas Books”

  1. Carmen Rose says:

    Bless your heart, that is a thing of beauty! I look forward to seeing the page by page!

  2. A great project…..I was liking it before the foil and now it is amazing.
    Will wait to see the completed work.

  3. amy says:

    Wow I love this thanks for the inside look!

  4. These are absolutely gorgeous, Judy. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I’d love to see some of your work in person. I’m just crazy about the way you incorporate metal in your fiber work.

  5. Judy, This is really so cool! Love the metal parts and the all looks great!

  6. Pam says:

    Such beautiful work Judy! What a great talent you have.

  7. Chriss Johns says:

    Wow! I love this. Thank you so much for sharing. I am inspired.

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