Monday 11 June 2012

Book of Secrets

I was lucky to stumble upon a link to Andy Skinner and his amazing workshops one day a few weeks ago. I was so bowled over I signed up for the "book of secrets" workshop. You wouldn't believe some of the stuff he has on his blog. Well I didn't at first.
This is my book of secrets inspired by that course.

This is one side

and the other

sorry the light's a bit glarey

The spine and "book leaves" edges
all this from a wooden box covered in card and acrylic paint. The only metal used was the pen nib, winged charm,chain, key and key hole. The paper in the box is Joanna Sheen's, stamps are Andy Skinner and creative expressions.
Andy has compiled a video of all the projects completed on this workshop. View here to be amazed. I intend doing the time worn work shop next. Watch this space.

I am entering into one or two challenges
Art with No Boundaries - Heavy Metal
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes
Try It on Tuesday - Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes


  1. This is incredible! I have been stalking Andy's work for a while now, and I must say he is quite the talent. I just may have to look into his next workshop.
    Fabulous work!

  2. I saw this on andys blog earlier, you guys did a great job on that course.
    I would stronly recomend his workshop to anyone, I did the time worn one a few months ago. I learnt so much,
    Creepy.. you would love the course.
    anyway, I love the book. had no idea it was yours till you posted it

  3. I totally LOVE your book of secrets! Incredible job of altering a plain box to turn into such an amazing project! Love all of your texture and that aged metallic feeling! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. It's hard to believe this started out as a simple wooden box! You turned it into something amazing. So glad you linked your Book of Secrets at Art With No Boundaries!

  5. Wow - this is so amazing!!!! I want to take a course like this. I am soooo jealous! I want a box of secrets. I want to stalk Andy's work! Or you could just make more cool things like this and I will continue stalking your work (LOL)!

  6. OMG Helen this is awesome! I am going to go and watch the video. Thank you so much for sharing this masterpiece you have created.

    Linda xxx

  7. This is so inspiring that I rushed over to sign up for the next class. You have done an amazing job of this book box. The detail is just breathtaking. Thank you so much for the link to Andy's websites. Thanks also for entering this project in our Art With No Boundaries Heavy Metal challenge. I'm off to check out the rest of your blog posts :)

  8. Very, very cool! I like how the metallic grunge works to help make it look like the super safe, steel trap for secrets : ) So awesome!!

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  9. Ooooooo! I LOVE this book box! Fabulous work on this!


  10. I would love to do AS's workshops.... i adore his art pieces.
    This my frind is the dogs bo##ocks...never seen anything as .... amazingly perfect...never ever... ever... BOWING DEEPLY... but just having to have another look!
    Much love xxx always x

  11. this is so awesome , great job

  12. Frickin' brilliant! Love it :)

  13. Love the grunge feel. Great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  14. This is an amazing piece. Few words can describe how much I love it. Thank you for sharing it with us on Art With No Boundaries.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  15. Stunning book box, love how you coverad all the details with paint so they looks like they are mooulded into the book! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  16. This is absolutely amazing! So very perfect in every way. x

  17. This is just stunning!! I've just won some of Andy's stamps and a Tag he has made, I can't wait to get them!! going to have to add this to my fav's and keep coming back for more looks! xx

  18. This is fabulous. Love everything about it. You have done a great job,

    Lucy x

  19. Oh my goodness, this is just fantastic, so much dimension and detail, love it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creation at Anything goes, Just keep on creating, I hope you will continue to play along. Sorry about the the delay in leaving my comment I have been overseas and then got sick, I will be announcing the winners and will have the next challenge by 01/09 :)