I’ve been working with paint and paper and other stuff all together (the fancy term for that is “Mixed Media”) to make a Collage Journal Cover and wanted to share what I came up with. You can download the 7-page PDF tutorial for full instructions with pictures here.
A Project to Get Moving
A kind friend gave me this little roughly 5 x 7 notebook from the dollar store. It was just the nudge to get me started!
While you’ll find more information in the tutorial, the gist of it is that I removed the covers from the notebook and painted them (both sides) with a metallic bronze acrylic craft paint. Then using the Steampunk Time Passing set of four tags, I glued two on each cover.
Fun With Paint
The next step was the fun part: crackle painting! Instead of commercial crackle medium, I used plain white glue as the medium and then over-coated that with cream acrylic paint.
Finishing Up and Moving On
Next came embellishments and final touches. Last, I sealed the whole thing with spray sealer and put it back together. It was a fun project – not too involved but very satisfying. The perfect thing to get moving again!
Feel free to share this tutorial with anyone you think will like it, but please don’t use it commercially or claim ownership of it. If you liked this and found it helpful, I’d love to hear from you and learn about your project.
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I’ve been thinking about you lately – I’m starting to wonder when you get to do something just for you. Yes, you. I know you’re busy, oh so busy, doing all the things for everyone else but we both know that’s not cutting it anymore.
What About Me?
We talked about creativity being something you practice everyday but when you’re sunk under the weight of everyone’s cares, it can be hard to even see the slender thread of your creative spirit running through your life.
But, creativity is expressed a thousand ways – both small and large – throughout a day and a life. Look for the small, yet so meaningful, ways to express your creative spirit in your day.
Take a minute, an hour, a day and make something – anything you like – just to make yourself smile. It’s a small but meaningful start.
Creating = Joy! It really is that simple.
What have you done for yourself lately? I’d love to know!
Shine Your Light!
PS The Pop Up Project creative party is a fun (and free) way to get started making something. Check it out!
How have you been? Is January turning out like you planned? It’s been a little slower getting things going than I imagined, but there are always things to learn. So, grateful!
Here’s something pretty for you: the Ultra Violet Look Book. It’s 15 pages of color and inspiration for your creative life. You’ll find color palettes, products, books, and more – all inspired by Ultra Violet.
Tell me how your year has started – what’s working and what’s not? Let me know!