Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Le Conte--An Old Book

Hi all crafty lovers,

 I am Anika Mittal. Thanks to TECS to give me this great opportunity to showcase my work as a DT. All the TECS products are great and they always inspire me to create something new. Today I am presenting my new creation ‘MIXED MEDIA VINTAGE BOOK BOX’ in which I have used clay in a different way.

When I received book box as my project kit the first thought came in my mind was lets go vintage and I decided to give my project an old book look.  Lets start our vintage journey with the list of material that we need to make it successful.
TECS book box base   
Vintage world 1 decoupage paper 
Roman dial stencil   
Vintage border stencil 
Chalk paints  
Mod Podge 
Metal charms 
Texture paste ,Gloss gel

First, we remove both the hinges from the book box base. It helps us to color our sides of the flap properly and to keep the hinges clean. After that I covered my front flap with the vintage decoupage paper and add some design of clock by using texture paste and dial stencil. I wanted to give my project some rough look that’s why I used knife to spread gloss gel roughly.

Next , I spread the texture paint on the sides of the base and used a fork to give old pages effect. After drying the gloss gel , now its time to try my new technique. 

I took a thin layer of clay and place it in the middle of the front flap with giving some creases to give it embossed effect and give some texture with stamps and added some metal gears.

Put this aside for drying. In the mean time, lets focus on our side and inner parts designs. I have used TECS stencils for inside and side designing.

To give pages vintage effect, I have used brown ans burnt sienna oil paints. I spread the burnt sienna and raw sienna oil paints on the sides and then wiped them with wet tissue . then added some dark brown color on the sides.

I colored the front with shading of metallic and chalk paints and then colored the sides and inner part with green chalk paint. I applied wax on the side and crackle medium inside flap of the book cover .After drying the crackle medium, I gave the brown color top coat and add some golden color effects in the middle part of the dial and in the sides.
On the side , I rubbed the wax and applied brown color top coat. After drying the brown color, I used the sand paper to add the distress look. And gave my book box time travel title with the help of clear stamps and embossing powder.

I did stick wing key with glue gun in the middle of the front flap. Now gits time to give some finishing touches. I used some gold and brown paint to give final touches of my project. 

Hope, you all will like my blog. If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to ask me in the comments. Thank you for reading my tutorial.


  1. Beautiful project with lots of detailing and interesting information for us to try.
    Thank you for inspiring me

  2. Beautiful vintage effects, love it.

  3. Well explained, awsm vintage book box from outside as well as from inside.. ��Here, i want to know which clay you used for it..

    1. Hi Jansi, thank you. I have used air dry clay. Hope, it will be helpful.

  4. Loved the colours n vintage effect...