Monday 18 January 2021

Art Journal Covers

 Hi Crafters,

I have been wanting to make an Art Journal for a long time but never had the courage to start one. Although I have been creating ATC's for a couple of years and swapping them an art journal seemed a big step up in scale and quite daunting. This weekend I took the plunge and after doing the rounds with You Tube videos, blog posts and Facebook groups I created a front and back cover to fit my A5 journal.

Front cover

Back cover

I started with a thick watercolour paper, gesso and scrunched tissue paper, I struggled with the order of the layers and so although there are some strips of music paper in there you can't see them as I unfortunately covered them over when painting. :/  I used several stencils, texture paste and stamps, alcohol inks and watercolour paints to create my background.

I had a set of napkins with these gorgeous large flowers on them so used that to make my focal point. The mistake came when I tried to add the bumble bee to the flower on the front cover which caused the layers of tissue paper to scrunch up and try as I might I could not flatten them again. So off they came and I decided to paint over the flower petals but actually I really like the texture that gave and am pleased how it turned out for my first attempt.

I'm hoping to be able to regularly fill the pages of my journal with more art work and I'm looking forward to challenging myself.

Challenges I'd like to enter:

Try It On Tuesday - Uplifting or Positive Quote

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Layer It Up

Creative Moments - #206 ATG

More Mixed Media Challenge - ATG optional Colour Blue

We Love 2 Create - #1 ATG

Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments on my previous posts.




cotnob said...

Gorgeous covers Lorraine, great texture and lots of beautiful details - I look forward to seeing more of your fabulous art work.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

brenda said...

All those lovely textures Lorraine, not to mention such cheerful colours to brighten our days.

B x

dutchess said...

Well done for taking the have created two stunning pages and have obviously had lots of you are on a roll.....take care xxx

Rita said...

Beautiful covers Lorraine. Well Done. They are so addictive. Hugs Rita xxxXx

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous journal covers love all the textured layers and the little Bee
Carol x

Lorraine said...

Oh wow Lorraine, these are gorgeous. I'm looking forward to see the rest of your art journal
Lorraine x

Carol S. said...

Lorraine, the covers are beautiful. Love the textures, colours, flowers and design. Stunning art work. Hugs, Carol

pearshapedcrafting said...

So this is just the beginning? What great start you have made to Art Journaling - I am certainly looking forward to seeing more! I love the texture that napkins make and the positive words you have used are perfect for your cover! Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

Sarah said...

I am really impressed Lorraine, what beautiful covers. You must be really proud!! xx

aussie aNNie said...

These turned out your colours and artistic skills. xx

Jane Savage said...

Beautiful journal covers, loving the texture and all your fab techniques!
Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Card. Tanks for joining the challenge. Greetings Helm,a DT Member Creative Moments