Hi! Suzz here.
I have been wanting to create a journal to use for colors and capturing ideas, techniques or color combinations to use at a later time.
The Artful Journal – 6″ x 9″ is the perfect size to carry along with me when I am out and about and fits nicely anywhere when I want to jot down an idea, sketch something or just create a page.
Which started looking like this:
I decided to use one of the pages and apply it to the cover. I took one of the pages from inside the journal and inked it up with a mix of colors. They all look very monochromatic when done but I actually started with this mix of colors:
I was inking up some color combinations on my journal page and this one was a lovely blend of colors and I decided to smear them onto my craft mat add a bit of water.
I laid the journal page in the inky mix and pulled it up. I then heat dried it with my heat gun. I repeated this about 10 times. This gives the lovely water marks and spots with different shades of color.
Once I had my pretty golden background with all the lovely splotches I decided I needed a sentiment and there is this lovely one from Impression Obsession, that I have had for awhile that hadn’t seen ink yet. I stamped it in the center of the page using black water resistant ink.
Next I wanted some stars for my golden background and I knew I had some beautiful ones from the Celestial Shapes Die Cuts.
I used the Acetate stars to accent my cover.
I used alcohol inks and blending solution. 3 drops of rust and caramel alcohol ink and 3 drops of alcohol blending solution. Dabbed onto the surface to add the color. Usually I wait a minute and let the first coat dry on the star and then repeat with the same inky applicator without re-applying any ink. This gives a nice splotchy effect on the acetate.
I also used gold embossing paste and the Memory Box star stencil to add a smattering of golden stars and circles across the background.
After that dried I stamped script (Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp) using Tsukineko Delicata Gold Glitz ink to stamp that script on the stars and the background randomly. This ink needs extra drying time or to be heat set. be careful with your acetate as it will curl up if it is heated too much. I let those dry naturally.
I then colored white twine with the gold ink and added a hint of the gold on the binder rings. I heat set the gold on the binder rings as that surface would not hold the ink without being dried. When I was finished with my page I adhered it to the cover.
I wanted to mention I loved how the paper in the journal took the colors from the die inks. Here is a another page of the journal which I used to put together a fun bright color palette:
Remember you can purchase the journal and the celestial shapes in the Basically Bare on-line store.
I love how the paper enriches the colors. I am looking forward to putting more ideas and colors into my new art journal!