Mixed Media Book of Affirmations Video #1

Mixed Media Book of Affirmations Video #1


Hey everybody it’s Stephanie with Two:Ten God’s Masterpiece and it’s been quite a while since I posted my first video on how I put together together my prayer journal. At the
time I was home schooling my son and had just started a new job so my
schedule was really full and I just did not have time to film anymore videos
or do really anymore crafting stuff that is really where I
want to be and what I want to be doing. So now Mason is going to be attending private
school this fall. So between my morning and afternoon work shifts I will have
quite a few hours to be able to focus more on my YouTube channel and making
fun videos and my social media pages like Facebook and Twitter, Instagram although
I do favor Facebook for the most part. and then I also have Etsy shop. So I
want to show you what we’re going to be doing and maybe, oops my book just fell over here, this is
the cute little project that we are going to be working on. This is an
altered board book and it is called a Book of Affirmations. When I decided I
wanted to make something I knew I wanted it to be Christ centered. I knew I wanted it
to be able to be something that I could share with other people that I could
teach other people how to do and use it to bless other people. To not
keep it for yourself but mail it off do the happy mail thing. This book
is four by four inches and I picked up…I can’t remember if they were in a pack of
six or four but it was something like that and I picked them up at my local Dollar
Tree and obviously for the pack that I got they were a dollar. This right
here this is what they look like when you buy them. Just a simple little
children’s board book with a story inside. It has…I call
this one page so when you open it you have 1, 2, 3, 4 pages with your, obviously, front and
back cover. Let me go ahead and I’m gonna flip through this here real quick
and share with you what I have in it and what’s inside. So you can look at it. But
I’m gonna have…I think it’s gonna be a series of three videos to show you how
to do everything in here how I put everything together. All the supplies and
tools you’re going to need. I’ll get into that later but let me show you this
first. So again like I said, I wanted it to be Christ centered, biblically based, with using a lot
of Scripture. There are things in here that are not scripture but they are
Christ’s entered. They are some nice quotes and things to encourage you and
give you life affirming words. So on the front cover here it says I have loved
you with an everlasting love. I recently got into making these cute cute
cute paper clip bookmarks for your planner, your Bible, your journal, whatever you
want to use them for, books if you like to read you can use it as just a regular
bookmark. This came from a group that I’m on Facebook called paper clip art.
The lady who runs it, her name, her facebook name is Lolly Palooza. and it is
a wonderful wonderful group. She’s inspired me so much. She’s given me a
lot of great tips and advice. She also has a YouTube channel. I’m not sure if it’s under Lolly Palooza
but I have to give a shout out to her, Hi Lolly, because she’s amazing and her group is amazing. So if you can
go and check that out paper clip art on Facebook. So that’s one of the clips that
I’ve done. It’s just a little cardboard banner, butterfly. We’re gonna open
the book up and what I’ve done is this is basically a two-page spread. On one
side you just have Bible quote and some cute decorations on the pages which I’m
gonna show you how to do. I put in a little clear pocket here. Inside
your pocket is two little sheets. One is just a plain piece of vellum that I
printed on and decorated the edge of the paper with some ink. This is actually a
altered playing card that I painted and did. I added some brads, inked it up and have
a Bible verse on this is well. So those can slide in and out of there. You can
use these as bookmarks, put them in your wallet, or purse, carry them with you. Basically this is to speak words of life and to you and give you
encouragement when you receive in the mail. So basically that’s the same
thing as every page. They’re all set up the same with the pocket. This is another one
of the clips that I was inspired to do. This is a little mini clip. Clothesline clip clothesline pin? I think is what they’re called. Just some cute little sequence that I got that I put on there. I painted the clip. So
again I’m going to show you how to do all of the stuff that’s in here. Two cards in your
pocket. This page I added some sequins. This one has some cute little rhinestones. Again the
same thing through each of the pages. This is another clip that I made with
just a cute little flower, paper flower. I think this is my favorite thing
that I’ve put in the book. I don’t know if you can see this or not bu,t it’s a
little, tiny tiny little, shaker pack. and So there is little itty bitty glitters
in there. I will have to find the information on where I got this at cause right
now at the top of my head I can’t think of it. But I’ll have that included in the video when I show you
how to make this. This is tiny. It’s one inch by one inch. I sewed around the edges.
There’s a little sheet of paper in there that says loved by The King. I
just love this. I just think it is so cute and I just love it OK. So this is the book and, I don’t have
them in here right now, but also I’m going to include in the book some cute
little embellishments. In this book I would probably put in some rhinestones,
some sequins, maybe some of the sequins that are big like this. Maybe some sheets of vellum.
You know paper clips stuff like that. Kind of using, I guess, along the
lines of like the pocket letters that everybody is doing right now that are so big. So
lots of goodies. Maybe even include a nice little letter in one of the pockets
to the person that gets this, that receives this in the mail. That is the
book and this is what we’re gonna be making. Like I said, probably over the next series of 3 videos I’m
guessing is probably what it’s going to take do….maybe four, but I’m not real
sure. So we’re gonna go ahead and get started. I’m going to show you the supplies you are going to need
for this video only. At the beginning of each video that
I do in this series I will give you the supplies that you’re going to need and
exactly what we’re gonna be doing through that video. So I’m gonna move that out of the way. I’m going to move this just I
don’t get it messed up. OK. So obviously you need a board book.
Like I said, this is four by four. I bought this at Dollar Tree. If you do not have a
Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart, probably like a toy store, Toys R Us, used, where you can
go and buy used clothing and toys and stuff like that, Goodwill. These little
books are everywhere. It doesn’t have to be this size. It can be bigger. I know
they make bigger ones. I just thought this was a good size because it’s easily
slipped into a small padded envelope. I can’t imagine that this cost more than two or three dollars to
mail within the United States. So you’re gonna need some of these. You’re also
going to need white gesso. Now white gesso is gonna be used to cover the entire book. This is Blick brand which comes from Dick Blick Art Supplies. I am lucky
enough to have one very close to me that I can get to and get all kinds of
great and wonderful art supplies. So Dick Blick. If you are an artist and don’t
know about them, if you don’t have one you can order supplies online. Their
prices are amazing. They have amazing sales and I can’t speak highly enough of
Dick Blick Art Supplies. So I will have the link for that also. But it’s white
gesso. You do not have to have Dick Blick. Liquitex makes it. Golden makes it. I’m
sure there’s off brands. It does not matter you just need some white gesso.
This is a huge huge container because I go through it like crazy. But a
small container works just fine. So, white gesso. You are also going to need some fine grit
sandpaper. I don’t buy sandpaper. I I steal it from my husband because he’s in
construction and we always have sandpaper around. But wal-mart I’m sure. I
don’t know that target would have it but Wal-mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, we have
Buchheits here in St. Louis. What other stores? There is another one. I
can’t think of the name of it. A big….like hoods and there’s another one. So get
yourself some fine grit sandpaper. Don’t get anything too heavy cuz its gonna eat
through the cardboard on here and that’s not what you want. You are also going to
need some paint brushes. And cheap ones. And when I say cheap these are really really
cheap. I usually buy at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. And I buy them in a pack and you usually
get …it depends on your pack. You can get anywhere from probably five to fifteen
brushes in a pack. The pack that these came in I think I didn’t pay any
more than $5. It was probably less than that. And it was probably a pack of 10 or so
paintbrushes because I have a ton of paintbrushes. So cheap paint brushes
because you don’t want to ruin them using gesso. Just cheap ones. Save your good ones for your painting and watercolors and all that. So cheap
paintbrushes. I have two here. You probably really only need one. But it’s a lot more
economical to buy them in a pack. You’re going to need a cup of water. And as you
can see here, I’m kind of a little weird crazy I guess. I don’t know.
I buy wine glasses at Dollar Tree. They’re a buck and I just think they’re a ton of fun to use. To you clean out my paintbrushes. To have my water.
It just adds a little bit of a fun element and it’s kind of quirky like me.
I just really like using they’re just fun. So cup of water. You’re going to need to rinse out your paintbrushes. You’re also going to need either a heat tool or a hair dryer. Either one will do.
I recommend using them because, when you paint and put your paints your gesso and
some other stuff that we’re gonna do in your book it is going to take a long
time for your medium to dry. When you have a heat gun or a hair dryer you can
dry your book and your paints really fast instead of having to wait for each page
try and go back, wait for the next page dry and so on. So I got this at Michaels.
I don’t know how much I paid for it. I believe most of them run between 20 and
25 dollars. I recommend this to everybody. I don’t ever pay full price
for anything if I don’t have to. Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joannes all have really super
great coupons. Michaels and Hobby Lobby have your 40% off coupon everyday. Joannes I think does
also but I do not shop with them very often because they’re just not as close
to me as the other two. I just prefer the other two better and
mostly Hobby Lobby. So get yourself one of these and use your coupon or get
it when it’s on sale. I think that is all we’re going to need for this. So our
first step is going to be using our sandpaper. What you wanna do is, your gonna
take your book and we are going to be sand on every page and the binder. What is called the binder? Oh my gosh I’m like can’t even speak or think right now. The edge of your
book. Let’s just say that. The edge of your book. The front the back. You don’t want to
completely sand the image off and get down to the cardboard. You just want a light sand.
And that is probably all I will do. Because what it’s going to do is it’s going to help your
gesso and your other mediums sink in to the page. If you do not do this, what
happens is is the medium will sit on top of the book, on this glossy coating that
they put on these. And what happens is when you use your heat gun or you get
it wet with water, or inks, or whatever it turns into like a rubber and it starts peeling
off the outside of the book. So you want to sand it to get all that a lot of
that gloss and give a little bit of tooth so that medium that you put on here
grabs on. So I’m gonna go ahead and I’m going to sand down all my pages and
I’m not going to bore you with me standing everything down. I will come
back and we’ll move on to the next step as soon as I get this done. So I’ll see you
in a bit. OK. So I am back and I have my whole book sanded. I didn’t time it but I
don’t think that even took me five minutes to do. I have a paper towel here and
I’m just gonna go and wipe off these pages really quick. I don’t know if you can see
that or not but it is really gross and dirty because it took off all that
coating and some of the color underneath for the pages. So I’m just going to wipe that off real quick to get the dust. I don’t know if you can see how dirty that is or was. I’m gonna throw that away. And I forgot to mention. When you sand, I do a pattern. I’ll do you up and down side to side and then take from one corner down and
then I’ll flip it from the other corn down so you get different lines of sanding in there
and it makes it a bit more even instead a rough. So you can see here this is
what it looks like when it’s sanded. There’s a little bit of that glossy coat
on there but not a lot. You just want to be able to get some of that off so
that like I said your medium is going to stick. So after that we need to get our white gesso. What we’re gonna do is get our paintbrushes here. You do not need to get it
wet. We’re gonna get our paintbrush and don’t like glop it on there. You just need a little bit. And you need to just slap it on there. This is not anything that we need to worry about looking
pretty. We just need to get it on the book and get the book covered up. In all honesty
gesso really does dry pretty fast especially if you put it on in thin
layers. I like to do two coats. So this is what you’re gonna do. Let me dry this
real quick so you can see. OK. So that is completely dry and it didn’t even take 30 seconds to do that with my heat tool. I’m hoping that you can see this. I put
two coats on because I don’t want to see the design the colors that are underneath there. You can only do one coat and leave that under because our next up is can be collaging
and covering this up. So this would be just another element if you
wanted to do that. Just to do one coat and give it a little bit more texture some
more layers. But like I said I don’t do that I do two coats to basically cover
up as much as I can. Usually with two coats it’s not even completely covered
but it’s covered enough to satisfy what I like. So it’s completely up to you what
you wanna do with that. So I’m gonna go ahead and turn the camera off and get
this gessoed and come back and show you what it looks like. So I will be back
in just a minute. OK everybody I am back and I have finished putting the
gesso on my entire book. And clean water, brush and swish it around in there. And and I wipe off the sides of it a couple times. Just to make sure that I get it good. I don’t recommend doing this but I’m
horrible horrible horrible. And that’s why I say use cheap paintbrushes because…there you go and I’m gonna leave that sit until I’m done with this video. A lot
of times that’s what I will do anyway because when I’m working on something I
just want to go and I wanna get the ideas out and I don’t wanna mess with cleaning
my paintbrushes and wiping everything off. I also recommend having more than
one cup of water because it can get dirty really fast. You don’t want to
be using dirty muddy water on your clean pages in your pretty paper that we’re
going to be using. Close up your gesso. Which mine never closes right. OK. All right so here is your book
completely covered in gesso. I don’t know if you guys can see this. You
can barely see what was underneath there at all. I did leave one page so you
can see the side I covered twice and this side I only covered once. So I’m just going to leave that one page so that when we collage it and we do our stuff you’ll see, you’ll probably be able to see a little
bit of it. I don’t even know if you’ll be able to see any of it. But I can be a
little bit, oh I don’t know, a bit of a perfectionist I guess and I just want it to be
how I want it. This is your project. This is your book. You do it how you want to do
it. You find what works for you and what you like best. That’s what art is all about. I can
show you what I did and share with you my process but this is for you. This is to bring
you joy and happiness. This is the way that I connect with God. This is the way that God speaks to me a lot. This is the way I get a lot of my frustrations and stresses out.
and I use art a lot to share with other people how I’m dealing with things. How
God is dealing with me with certain things. So I just use art a lot. This is
what God has given me. So all I can do is share it with you because
that’s where I get my joy. You do what’s best for you and what’s gonna
make you happy. And what’s going to make you connect more with God. That’s
my purpose. To teach other people how to connect with God through art. And yeah.
So that is all we’re gonna do for today. I’m going to end the video but please please please if you enjoyed this video please like, subscribe, make a comment. I’d love to hear from you. Hear some feedback. Go and follow me on Facebook. Two:Ten God’s Masterpiece is my facebook page. And I also have the Book of
Affirmations Swap page on Facebook that I have set up. So please go and check
them out and join my groups. Support my youtube channel if you enjoyed it. Look for the second video in the series. In that second video what we’re going to
be doing is collaging our pages. We’re gonna do some stamping, we’re gonna use some
acrylic paints and maybe even some inks because I found out that I love using
ink. It’s just wonderful and beautiful. So that is what will we do in our next
video. So get your sandpape,r you’re gesso, your paint brushes and sand and gesso away. Thank you for watching. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and comment. Please
come and follow me on Facebook. Thanks. I’ll see you next time.

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