For this book cover I started by gessoing over cotton cloth.Â Then I impressed in the wet gesso with some stamps. There’s a crysanthemum, a cherry branch, and a geisha, as well as something that looks like a stylized five pointed blossom.Â When the gesso dried, I painted over it with greenish and gold metallic acrylic. I rubbed some of the paint off to emphasize the texture.
The fimo embellishments were ones I made several months ago.Â I rolled out a thin slab of translucent fimo, then pressed stamps into it.Â After that I cut wedges and a center circle by using an apple corer.Â After they were baked, I painted them gold.Â The effect was rather more subtle than I liked, so I emphasized them with the maple leafÂ paper.Â
The paper is tough (expensive) multi-print washi that I bought in Japan. I used some more for the endpapers, and for the strip on the back cover.Â The gold stamp on the spine was one that was issued while I was in Japan as part of their “International Letter-Writing Week”.Â I wrote a lot of letters (hundreds and hundreds) in the two years I was there, so I came to be very familiar with every stamp in the 130 yen denomination.