Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Thoughts and theories - a decorated notebook

Hello everyone, 

For today's AALL & Create GDT post I have decorated a notebook. 

and here's how:

I use lined notebooks to write my processes for crafting down so I can remember what I did. lol 
For this decorated notebook I cut two pieces of mixed media paper to size to go on the front and the back of my notebook. I chose to add a layer of paper to the cover of the notebook so it would get a little sturdier. You could also just use gesso on the cover and decorate directly. 
Anyway, I added texture paste through this stencil over the middle of the two pieces of paper. 

Next I used acrylic paint which I diluted with water to add colour. First yellow, which I made run through the 'valleys' of the texture paste by spraying it with water. I dried that then added the blue in the same way, dried again and finally adding the orange in the same way. 
After everything was dry I used a brayer with white paint and rolled over the texture paste and also one the bottom and the tops to get some variation in the colour. 

Next I added stamping, using similar colours ink and also grey and black, when this was dry I brayered over some more white paint to tone it down slightly. 

Next I stamped the leaves from this stamp set. I stamped 6 but only used four in the end. I stamped on book paper because I planned to use a piece of this to cover the spine of the book.

Here are the finished covers. I added a word chip from Tim Holtz, again I pulled it apart because I think they are too thick. Luckily it is no problem to pull off some of the layers. I also added some black lines along the edges. 

This is it finished. I like how it turned out and I shall enjoy using this for my notes. 

The back is just as pretty too ! 

I have used the following materials:

#93 - Enchanted Garden by Olga Heldwein

#350 - Splattered Numbers by Tracy Evans
#349 - Bold Alpha Mini by Bipasha Bk
#338 - Background Noise by Janet Klein
#368 - Seeds Of Hope by Tracy Evans

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  1. Really beautiful, Corrie!! The white space really emphasizes those yummy bits in the middle.

  2. Love this, Corrie. Functional art is just the best! Mwah!

  3. Beautiful. I must do that Corrie. Thank you.