Monday, June 04, 2018

Mixed Media Journal Book Cover

Good day everyone!!!!
It is time for another journal book cover using mixed media techniques.
This is obviously one of my favourite things to do.  I  start by deciding on my favourite piece (in this case it is the oval decorative resin heart) which will be the focal point then adding other items under and around it.  I just keep adding items from my stash.  Below is the completed cover.  I wanted to end up with an antique,distressed look.

To start with I covered the entire cover, front and back, with a canvas fabric.  Just a word of caution, if you use a canvas, remember that if you apply sprays, it will soak into the fabric.  Make sure that you spray very lightly and then lightly with water.
I adhered a wide strip of antique lace over the binding and around to the back cover
 then another strip across the centre on the front.

  The ornate trellace was inked with a brown distress ink.  I started by adding the ornate trellace chipboard pieces as shown. Then I adhered the frame in place. I put an antique photo in the frame (not anyone I know) With my finger I applied some gold rub around the frame on the lace.

Below is a close-up of sections of the cover.  I made the white strips below using a Prima mould and their paper clay.  I applied them over the trellace.

The picture below shows the other embellishments that I selected.
I made sure that everything was touching each other.

The next section is just above the frame.
When I was completely happy with my selections, I applied small art stones from Prima and gold mica flakes here and there.  I also sprayed with a light brown spray on the lace and on the corners of the open side.  I applied distress ink around the outside edges for extra accent.  With my finger I applied a gold rub here and there and then I dry-brushed white gesso on the flowers and some areas of the trellace and the metal embellishments.

And there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Until next time, this is Donna reminding you to have a safe and prosperous week.
"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour."           William Blake