Welcome back folks! I hope you are all having a good week. For today’s project, I am going to talk through how I created this mixed media art journal cover. I bought a chipboard journal (from Papermania) in the January sales and thought that I would use 2 pages from this in order to make the front and back covers for a 6×6 inch art journal.
I posted the photo of the front cover onto Instagram some time ago and got some lovely comments from people; so, I decided to do a short blog post on how I created it. I hope you enjoy this.
To prime the cover, I applied a layer of white gesso all over. Once this was dry, I used some texture paste and the “Art is” stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW) in the bottom right-hand corner.
Using a baby wipe, I applied metallic acrylic paints from Docrafts and Pebeo, before adding some splashes of watered-down white paint to add some highlights.
Using the “Textures” stamp set from Creative Expressions with “Jet Black” Archival ink, I randomly stamped the images around the top and left-hand side of the cover. Using a blending tool, I then edged the cover with the same black ink, as well as gently brushing the blending tool over the textured writing to define it a little more against the background.
I added a touch of silver gilding wax from Treasure Gold along the very edges of the cover. At this time, I applied 2 coats of PlastiKote Clear Gloss Sealer to ensure a nice glossy finish.
All the was left to do was attach the metal embellishments. The flowers that I chose were originally an antique bronze colour and I wanted them to have more of a silver tone to them, so I applied some of the silver gilding wax before attaching them to the cover using Glossy Accents, from Ranger.
I chose a “Word Band” by Tim Holtz for the sentiment on this cover and stuck this down with Glossy Accents, along with a couple of brads from Finnabair for Prima Marketing.
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Happy crafting, Gem x