Today's post is a little look at the beginning of my Art Journal. I bought this journal about 4 months ago and it has been sitting on the shelf, occasionally looking out at me and asking me if I was going to do anything with it.
This weekend past, I finally decided it was about time to treat it to a make over. It started out as a little black journal.
I first took the cover off the journal to make it easier to work with and then gave it one coat of Gesso.
At this stage, I disappeared off for a few hours as I decided to take my girls to the cinema to see Turbo - great film by the way.
When I came back it was completely dry. Next up was to apply some acrylic paints; oh my goodness, I finally used paints! I used (Daler & Rowney) Lemon Yellow, Orange and Portrait Pink. All I did was put a few daubs of each colour, then I used my trusty Tim Hortons Coffee card :-) to scrape the paint here, there and everywhere.
I used my heat gun to dry this off, although it wouldn't have taken long to dry, I wanted to get on. Next I used a Faber Castell Big Pen Brush Magenta to write in some wording. Also using Deep Scarlet Red to out line the flow.
Then I decided to get some stamps out. Still using the Faber Castell pens, I inked up (used Scarlet Red) this stamp from Studio G and stamped randomly over the cover. I used a Painters white pen and dotted the cross points of the stamp.
I found this flourish stamp by InkaDinkaDo and inked that up (with Faber Castell Magenta), and stamped some more. I also went around the flow and made some loops, using Faber Castell Scarlet Red and Dark Chrome Yellow.
Using a Sharpie Ultra Fine liner, I went around the edges of all the letters to make them pop.
A close up.
Finally, I got some Faber Castell Gelatos in gold and silver and went around the out edge of the cover. Just rubbing it in with my fingers.
And there you have it my finished journal cover and "The Beginning..."
Now, as to whether or not I will add anything to the inside of this journal! We will have to wait and see how long it takes me before I build up the courage to start that first page.
Thanks for stopping by today.