Friday, January 10, 2014

Joining Journal 52 Just under the Wire! and Page 1

So here is the cover of my "new" art journal for Journal 52, just a 3 ring binder that I got all painty and inky with. You can get the details of Journal 52 HERE, a good place to start.  It is a FREE art journal workshop, don't forget to join the Facebook group if you can.  Why the Just under the wire in the title?  Well tomorrow they will give a prompt for this coming week, and I just finished week one LOL

This is a plastic ( cheap version) binder, so I took it out side and sprayed it with Kiltz Primer.  I have used this before on plastic binders and it really works well when you want to decorate the binder.
This is actually a re-do of what I started with, decided to go a different direction after watching a video by Cheery Lynn Designs, you can watch the video HERE a REALLY GREAT video!

I used acrylic paint and spray inks over the modeling paste was scraped through different stencils,  and adding strips of ribbon. Then I added die cut clocks and gears (two small gears are on pop dots), and then a couple of grunge board hinges and letters.  Then more paint and inks.  I had dry brushed gold, as in the video, but it still seemed a little too dark for me, so I dry brushed some white over some of the areas.  The back of this binder is about the same as the front, but the inside now need some attention.....LOL  This took me almost all day to do with waiting for things to dry. (which means I had about four other things going at the same time  grin)

If nothing else you MUST  hop over to Such a Pretty Mess and get the recipe for making your own modeling paste.  I made some before starting my journal cover and it is fantastic and CHEAP to make.  I already had all the ingredients for it.

The prompt for this week was "Up, up and away" and here is my first page.  I used 110lb card stock and gesso to prep it with.  For the blue I used two of my Gelatos and blended then, then using white acrylic paint I "pounced" over the page, this also blended with some of the Gelatos and gave me the cloud effect.  The wings are painted grunge board (I had been wondering WHAT I was going to do with wings so large...LOL)  I tipped the wings with some gold leafing and used sticker letters for the words.  I drew a line around the page and repeatedly wrote the words "UP. up and away".

I think this is going to be a really wonderful workshop and a great way to join other people who are art journaling, and the Facebook group is a good way to see ALL the works, instead of blog hopping.

So it has been a busy week, I have more to post later and DT work for The Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 77-use some ribbon that will pop up on Monday, but this is about it for tonight.  It's been a looooong day and I am ready for a shower and my jammies.

Inky Hugs


  1. What a transformation, never would have guessed it was a cheap binder, Awesome Krisha!!!!!
    Hugs Lynn

  2. Wow love the cover Krisha!!!!! And a great first page! I've heard about this journal site might have to join up and follow as well!!

  3. After seeing what you did, I also decided to join. Although mine won't be as elegant and beautiful as yours, I decided to give it a try. I especially like that I can use any old thing I want to use, because she's not pushing a sponsor's products.

    Thanks for the nudge I needed, even if I'm going to be behind. Sadly, I don't do facebook or flickr, so I guess I won't get many visitors. But I'm doing it for ME, not show.

  4. glad you are playing in this workshop too!! I love your binder cover~ what a great tip about the Kiltz primer, it looks like it works like a dream over all that plastic. I will check out the tutorial on the modeling paste as well.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your interpretations!

  5. You have clearly had a great time and have created something beautiful
    Rosie x

  6. wow, beautiful cover and an awesome page! You are rocking the 52 challenge! Thank you so much for leaving me a comment today on the Frosted Designs Sunday with Sandee, I hope you can play along with us and join in the fun on the FD FB page!

  7. Great journal cover! You did so much to it no one will ever know that it started life as a cheapie binder. Great first page. It sounds like you'll be getting prompts every week. Have fun with it!