assorted acrylic paints
scrapbook paper scraps
glue/water mix ( I use a 50/50 mix)
assorted paper punches
- Select 2-3 acrylic colors of your choice. Be sure they go well together. Pick a dark, mid and light tone color paint. This is the foundation color of your journal
- Cut 2 pieces of wax paper a few inches larger than your book, place inside the front and back cover of your journal. This will protect the inside of your book from getting painted.
- Gesso your journal front, back and spine. Gesso comes in clear, white, black and grey, so depending on what look you are going for, that will help you decide on which gesso to use.
- Let this dry completely.
- Squeeze a few small blobs of your darkest color onto your journal front. Use the foam brush, with wide strokes, spread the paint.
- Follow up with your mid color paint. Scatter a few blobs onto the cover, repeat the above step. You do not need to wait for the first color to dry. Blend where you can.
- Finish with your lightest color of paint. Scatter some more blobs of paint, then using large sweeping strokes, continue to cover the front.
- If any areas are left uncovered, add some additional paint. Let dry completely.
- Repeat the entire process on the back cover. Let dry.
- Once dry, add a thin layer of your glue/water mix to the front and back of the journal. This creates a sealer layer.
- Select a stamp of your choice.
- Randomly stamp on the front & back of the book
- I used a word stamp for this journal
- Cut out 3 pieces of foam board. You determine the size you want.
- Paint the side edges with black acrylic paint.
- Cover the top of each piece of foam board with scrapbook paper or pages from old book.
- Apply a light wash of acrylic color paint. To make a wash, simple add water to your acrylic paint to thin it out. Paint. Let it dry.
- Tap some distress ink over the top of each to give it an aged look. Use black distress ink or black StazOn ink around the edges for a border.
- Place an embellishment of your choice in the center of each painted form board piece. Attach using E6000 glue.
- Embellishments I used: 2 smaller pieces of foam board covered with sewing pattern paper, then aged with distress inks. Using a blue StazOn ink, the word Hope was stamped on one, and Dream was stamped on the other. A heart embellishment was created using a small wooden heart, covered with scrapbook paper, with a button placed in the center.
- Dimensional paint was used to create a decorative border.
- Line your finished pieces up on the cover of your journal. Glue down with E6000
- I used glass tiles from a decorative tile sheet found at Home Depot.
- Each tile was covered with blue acrylic paint.
- Each tile was stamped with a letter to spell out the word journal. Black StazOn ink was used.
- Simple dots were placed around the tile using a black sharpie.
- The edges were painted with black acrylic paint.
- Each tile was sealed with a poly acrylic sealer.
- The tiles were lined up along the right front of the journal, then attached using E6000 glue
- To the right of the tiles, small strips of scrapbook paper were glued down, leaving space for a small dot of dimensional paint between each strip.
Left Side: Spine
- Using a flower paper punch, 5 flowers were punched.
- They were arranged in a straight line, glued down, then a drop of dimensional paint was placed in the center of each.
- 2 strips of scrapbook paper were cut and placed above and below the arrangement of flower punch outs. This was glued to the front and back.
- Dimensional paint was used to decorate the paper strips.
- I had a bag of elastic cord from the thrift store, it was in there sewing section.
- Measure a length of elastic that will fit the book.
- Drill 2 holes, one at the top and one at the bottom of the front cover to thread the elastic through.
- From the inside front cover, thread one end of the elastic through the top hole.
- Tie a very tight knot- add a dab of E6000 to keep it from coming undone.
- Wrap the elastic around the outside of the journal, then bring the end around through to the bottom hole.
- Make it pretty snug, then tie another knot. Add a dab of glue.
Hope you had fun with this project....
Use this as an inspiration to create your own unique designs. And of course, I would love to see what you have done. Stop by and share your pics!