My dear friend, Laura, created an awesome course called Body Love Art Journaling. I’ve never made an art journal before, so I’m excited to take the course. I wanted to make sure that this album looked different than my regular scrapbooks, because I really want to try art journaling techniques. I remember seeing this chipboard cover from Elise Cripe and I wanted to get messy with paint.
To make the cover, I just added some alphabet stickers. Since I was planning on pulling them off, I didn’t care about the color. Since I decided to leave them, I wish I used a white sticker. But you can’t really tell, so it doesn’t matter. Then I used pink and white paint to cover the chipboard and the letters. I wanted the white to be streaked through the pink, so I dripped white and the carefully ran my brush over the paint. I was careful to not mix the white into too much, so you could still see it.
When it was still wet, I added some glitter. I found some glitter at my parents house that I’ve had since I was a kid. It was fun to put it to good use on this cover. When it was dry, I added some gloss varnish to protect the paint and the glitter. To help it dry, I used a heat tool to speed up the drying time.
I tried to be careful and not get paint on the back of the chipboard, but I did get a little on the inside cover. To fix it, I found some pretty paper that matched the colors on the front. I just used some roller adhesive to attach it to the chipboard. It’s such a pretty piece of paper and a nice surprise when the cover is open.
This was the first time that I’ve worked with paint in a while and it was fun to get messy with the paint. It was always a great project, because I didn’t need to buy anything. I’ve been trying to use up supplies I’ve had for a while, so it was nice to use what I already had.
Have you made an art journal before? This is my first one and I’m excited to get started! xo. Laura