So, recently I purchased some Isopropyl alcohol to use with the polymer clay, especially to knock back carving for textures used as one of my planned pieces is to make an ogre that stands about 50cm (though when this will actually get done is totally up in the air!) But here is a very rough guide if you want to try it, but make sure you use a well ventilated area and adhere to the instructions on the packet.. the isopropyl disolves the clay so please bear this in mind. Your using it at your own risk.
EDIT- Basically you work with the tools making the texture you want, then once you have to get rid of those sharp ridges you just brush over it with the isopropyl until it is knocked back to the desired smoothness then cut and finish your piece in the example I made a small heart piece to sew to something. (if you want to email me about it then please feel free to)
And I started another book with the intention of adding alot of growing space for when adding mixxed media atc’s or other fitting pieces to it daily.. this has 40 pieces single sided or 80 doubled, it has been covered since and uses cardstock.. We have a visitor at the moment so I can’t really get a picture of the cover until sometime monday.
This is what I did with various fabric strips, simply gathered and then tacked in a spiral motion to itself then sewn to the calico.. towards the end I started to experimented with stitched edges to see if it changes the way that the fabric behaves… Need to experiment with that some more..
And the other week Jan asked me if it is possible to bind single pages of paper, for this I used 110 gsm cartridge which was stronger on the pages I folded and sewed the open edge compared with the single ones that were sewn without the fold.. they started to tear a little if you werent extremely careful, this could be solved by slightly folding one edge over or adding a folded piece over it like with the blue one posted above, however with that experiment I realised it is better to sew through all three layers of the card rather than the way I did it just sewing the white card stock.. Hopefully that helps someone trying to bind single pages!
(It also helps if you remember to add in the last image!)