Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Altered Sketchbook Cover

Today I altered the cover of my sketchbook!  I love how it turned out and I wanted to share.

I tote around a Canson 7x10 Multi Media sketchbook everywhere I go.  It's small enough to fit comfortably in my purse and the paper is heavy enough that my microns don't bleed through.  And I can use rather wet media (such as watercolors) without the paper warping terribly.  But that blue cover was really kinda ugly and I wanted to do something fun.  Plus, I already had the gesso out.

So I started by covering the cover with 4 thin coats of white gesso - letting each layer dry completely before applying the next coat.  Once that was completely dry and I had a nice white surface to work on - I began spraying with my new Dylusions Spray Inks.  I used Cherry Pie, Lemon Zest, and Funky Fuchsia.  I sprayed a couple of layers and then spritzed them with water to get some good blends.  I used my heat tool to dry in between layers.

Then it was time to play!

Using my The Crafter's Workshop stencils in Chicken Wire, Harlequin, and Art is, I both stamped and "ghosted".  Then I used my Mixed Media collection Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous and dipped it into my palette (a styrofoam plate I'd sprayed some dylusions ink spray into) and stamped randomly.  I heat set in between layers again. 

Then I taped down my Art Is stencil and using some Molding Paste, I scraped it across using a plastic palette knife.  I let it dry.

I wanted the words to really stand out, so I took a cosmetic sponge and dabbed a little Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild honey over the letters and then went back over it with some Distress Stain in Vintage Photo.

I stamped a couple of dots and such using the Wild Honey and Vintage Photo and then heat set the whole thing.

Before using Modeling Paste for the words

I really enjoyed this project and I absolutely love my Dylusions Sprays.  I must have the rest of the colors.  I've been watching lots of How-To's and YouTube videos on altering Art Journal covers and such and I've been a little bit of a chicken about trying it myself.  I'm so glad I gave it a try.  There truly are no accidents and you never know what kind of effect you'll get.

Until next time y'all!


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