In this tutorial I am sharing how to take a plain ole journal and Jazz it Up a bit!
Hi guys n gals! As many of you know, I love butterflies. It’s one of God’s magical creations. I made this little butterfly journal the other days and I thought I’d show you how I did it!
I started off with this small journal I picked up on the clearance rack at BAM. I think I paid $3 for it. It was boring, but just the right size for my purse, so I grabbed it and thought ‘I’ll just jazz it up later’. It sat around my studio for a while, but I finally got around to it.
First step was to select a color scheme. I went through my paper stash and picked some papers I liked, then selected some paints to compliment the papers.
Next, I put decoupage glue all over the canvas. I like to use the deco glue because it dries quickly, and seals at the same time.
Then I just started adding the papers, tearing and placing them where it felt right, and glued them down with the deco glue.
After the paper is glued down and dry, I added some paint to the back cover, and around the edges of the paper. I smeared it on the edges to give it a bit of a blend. Next, I added some texture using recycled materials as stencils, just to give some interest, and then put the butterflies on with the deco glue.
After the main elements were in place, I added some shadowing, and ink to give a bit of an aged look, and used the white paint pen for highlights.
The final steps were to add some tape embellishments, stamps, and rub-ons until I was happy with the layered look I was going for. Then, I sealed the whole thing with the deco glue. I love it!
Now I have a cute place to keep my notes and sketches! Next time you see a plain ole journal on the clearance table, snatch it up, take it home…and Jazz it Up! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoyed this post.
Loves n Hugs, Danita