Since we live in a rural community in the North Carolina mountains, I decided to make my cover reflect our beautiful surroundings.
I looked on You Tube and Pinterest for any hints about how to prepare the cover for painting, and just plunged in.
First, I completely protected the pages with saran wrap. Then I applied white gesso to all of the black cover, and let it dry thoroughly. I sanded some of the rough-textured areas.
|Notice the saran wrap thoroughly protecting the Bible pages.|
Using the sketch paper, I made a rough drawing and painting of the mountain design. I also tried out different white pens, inks, and markers on this paper to see if any would work on the acrylic paint.
Then, I got brave and applied acrylic paint to the actual Bible cover.
Big Mistake! I should have checked to see which way the pages were facing. I painted my mountain scene upside down!
So, I painted over the green foliage and the sky and re-shaped the mountains. A bit of the old sky became a lake at the bottom.
I added in the Christmas tree farm and darkened the central mountain to resemble Mount Jefferson.
I practiced the text on paper first to get it the size I needed. After experimentation, the only white pen that worked was the Bic White-Out marker. It was hard to control. You have to squeeze the pen while you write. I then outlined a shadow on the right and lower edges of the letters. I added the cross as well.
Final step was to spray clear acrylic to protect the paint. I used Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303.. I recommend setting up a space outdoors for this step, because the fumes are strong. I kept the cellophane wrap on the pages and set the Bible on the lid of a large Rubbermaid storage container. I sprayed at least four coats, with long drying times in between. I kept the Bible outside whenever it was not rainy for about three days to let the fumes wear off a bit.
Last night I delivered the Bible to the church at our Ash Wednesday service.
I hope the paint will last. I'm not too sure about the white text, as it is applied kind of thick, and may chip off. If it does, I can always make a fabric cover!