I was inspired by Christy over at “From Glitter to Gumdrops” by her adorable American flag book that she made! I picked up a large book at my local thrift store for $1.00 and decided to give it a try and put my spin on it.
I knew I wanted to prime the entire book before beginning to paint it but I wanted to retain the yellowed pages so I covered them with paper and painters tape before spraying the book white.
Once this was dry I used acrylic paints to add the stars and stripes. I used painter's tape to mark everything off but didn't press it down to firmly because I didn't want clean lines.
I wanted to give this a little more dimension so I went back with some of my rubber stamps and inks that were slightly different in color from the stripes and added some filigree designs.
I made sure to hold paper over the edges so I didn’t stamp on the other stripes. I used a star rubber stamp and white acrylic paint to stamp stars on the blue background.
Once all of this was dry, I decided to add the words to God Bless America using a black permanent marker.
Using a rag and some of my ink pads I rubbed beige and yellow inks over the entire piece to give it an aged look. I finished it off by making a little tag using some free clip art (just googled 'Vintage patriotic postcards') and miscellaneous ephemera. The handle was some twill tape I had that I stamped on using the same filigree stamps I used on the flag and of course since I have a billion old keys, I had to add one of those!
I wanted to get this finished for Memorial Day but now I'll have it ready for the Fourth of July! I like this idea so much, I'm thinking of other things to paint on old books and make wall art -- got any suggestions?? Total cost for this project was $1.00 -- I had everything except the book!