Decorating Canvas Notebooks

Today we are going to check out 5 simple techniques for decorating notebook covers.  So why do you need special techniques for notebook covers?  Well most of us are actually using the notebook, so the cover needs to be sturdy, and easy to slip into a bag or a bookshelf with other items.  If you have 3d flowers or embellishments that protrude too far these can become ripped off, snagged, damaged or at worst damage other items!  So it’s best to keep working notebook covers as flat as possible!

ADDING COLOR

Ah, so many choices when looking at how to add colour to a journal or notebook cover – the options are mind boggling!   But no matter what you decide to use, priming your cover with a nice even coat of gesso is a must – white gesso if you are planning to use pastels or want bright colours or black gesso if you are going to be a little more adventurous!

My favourite and most trusted options when working over gesso are acrylic paints, sprays, and inks as each work beautifully for adding colour – though they do have slightly different properties and looks.

  1. Acrylics enable you to control the opacity (how see through something is) by using as it or diluted with water.  Acrylic paint can be painted direct from the tube for maximum opacity, but it can also be spritzed with water to encourage the colour to spread.  It may spread a little or a lot depending on the thickness of the paint and the brand eg: Fluid acrylics spread easily when sprayed with water and Jane Davenport Acrylics require a little more encouragement.
  2. Inks by definition are thinner,  usually more transparent and can be added straight from the bottle and will spread and drip easily, or add water for a more watercolour like look.
  3. Sprays – well we all know these spread, run, drip and blend – spritz away – many are transparent (though check first as there are a few opaque sprays on the market) and often they don’t even need to be spritzed with water to spread and wick out!

ADDING DESIGN ELEMENTS

Flat design elements are a must on working notebook or journal covers!  Some of the amazing ways I have found to add flat design elements are to use punchinella, stencils and masks, writing with paint (either with paint pens or paint in a fine tipped bottle), stamping, foil and embossing powder.  All of these things can add interest to your flat design without adding bulk or creating issues later.  So let’s get to those 5 Fabulous Techniques for Decorating Notebook covers…..

1. Paint and Spritz

Ultra fun and ultra messy, this technique is addictive, unpredictable, colourful and perfect for backgrounds!  The only trick is not to cover your whole background – leave a little white space (I struggle with this as I want to add more and more pretty colours!).  Basically, add little dots of paint and spritz with water.  Just do one colour at a time to keep it crisp and clean or add multiple colours for colour blending.  Let the color spread, drip and run until you are happy with how it looks.

2. Stenciling

This really had to be here, whether you are adding delicate designs of creating bold marks there will be a perfect stencil out there for you!  Some of my favourite stencils are from Donna Downey, The Artist Cellar, The Crafter’s Workshop and Stencil Girl.  But there are also so many other amazing brands and companies out there!  To keep this specific cover looking bright and clean I used a different paint colour for each different stencil design.

3.  Stamping with Paint

This is fun and works really well on canvas notebook covers!  Make sure you are using a stamp with nice thick, bold lines or designs as anything too fine or detailed will end up looking like a blob.  Text, geometric shapes, leaves etc all work really well when stamping with paint.

4. Adding Free Form Painty Handwriting

This adds a touch of imperfection and a little unpredictability to your cover.  It can also be incredibly scary and go wrong really fast, so make sure you have practised on a piece of scrap paper first before you begin working on your actual cover.   Using either paint pens or thinned down paint in a fine tip applicator bottle, be brave and add doodles, patterns, designs or even handwriting.

5.  Bling it Up

This last step may just be the most important!  This finishing touch can make all the difference to the overall look and ‘togetherness’ of your cover, it really is amazing how important this last step can be.  In this case, it adds a little shimmer and shine to the cover and the shimmer of the metallic helps to enhance the other colours on the journal cover.

and how does the finished cover look????

Like a rainbow at my fingertips!

I’ve also filmed the whole process so you can play along and create your own version!

 

SUPPLIES

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas,  and have fun decorating some of your notebooks.

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Warren Creations – Flower Power

Hey guys, Jesse here from warrencreations with another Lulu Art Project.  I am so excited as It is my time again to share with you my tutorial which takes you through my process for creating the the image below.

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I find it hard to actually use my bound journals, I guess I am more of a loose page kind of guy. If it dose not work out, its only a piece of paper/card but whilst in a journal, seems to be more permanent piece of art. I am trying to teach myself that even though I may not like or be happy with each piece I create, its a about a journey and its nice to see the progression.

For this reason I have set myself a goal to do art work more in my journals.

ENJOY MY RABBITS, NOW LETS GET CREATING 🙂

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 Supply List

Dylusions Journal 9×11
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dylusions-Creative-Journal-9×12-p/dyl-282732.htm

Jane Davenport Face Stencil
http://www.luluart.com.au/SearchResults.asp?Search=jane+stencil&Submit=

Prismacolour Pencils
http://www.luluart.com.au/Prismacolor-Premier-Pencils-p/pc-1001.htm

Acrylic Paint
http://www.luluart.com.au/Ceramcoat-Acrylic-Paint-2oz-bottle-p/cm-1001.htm

Dylusions Paint
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dyan-Reaveley-Dylusions-Paint-p/dyl-1500.htm

Neocolour Water Crayons
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1905.htm

Aqua Water Colour Brush
http://www.luluart.com.au/Pentel-Aquash-Waterbrush-3-pk-S-M-L-p/pe-1333378.htm

Tombow Markers
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1911.htm

 Ink
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1829.htm

Various Embellishments
Ice Stickles

Dylusions Spray Ink
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dylusions-Ink-Spray-p/dyl-1001.htm

Texture Paste
http://www.luluart.com.au/SearchResults.asp?Search=texture+paste&Submit=

Stencil TCW Fariy Wings
http://www.luluart.com.au/TCW-6×6-Template-Fairy-Wings-p/tcw-384248.htm

Glitter Paste
http://www.luluart.com.au/Bo-Bunny-Glitter-Paste-Various-colours-p/bb-1000.htm

Paint Markers
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1845.htm

Stamps
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1849.htm

 

Thanks for watching! Please be sure to the  visit Lulu Art Store for the best art supplies around and please come see myself for many more of my creative journeys.

Jesse EDIT DT

Winter Oxide Cuties – Mixed Media Art Journal Page with Distress Oxide Ink Pads

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Hello Lulu Art lovelies!!

I decided to have a play with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxides this month.
What can I say but…   Ahhhh… maaaa…zing!!

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I had a go with Dylusions journal inserts so you could see how the colours work on different types of paper…

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The Oxides are so well known for making beautiful backgrounds…but…
of course, once I got going I couldn’t resist making faces… and I love them!!

I created some really cute loose faces… I especially enjoyed making my girls with freckles!!5a

Now I can’t wait to get my hands on all the new colours… got them sitting in my Lulu Art cart as I type!
I am off to shop!!
Hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Have Fun !!
~wishes
Dani x

I would love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhsipers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
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Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:  (all from www.luluart.com.au)

Dylusions journal insert sheets
Ranger craft mat – an important piece of equipment for utilising the stamp pads as paint
Ranger Distress Oxide Stamp pads – original set but any colours would work
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Mini Mister
White extra fine Sharpie
Black extra fine Sharpie
dictionary pages or any book page ephemera
Black gesso
Ceramcoat Ultra Blue
make up sponge
Donna Downey alphabet stencil
Indigo Blue Prismacolor pencil
Grass green Prismacolour Pencil
Heat tool
strong clear glue
liquitex matte medium
scissors, water, brushes

Colour Me Positive – Week 30

Welcome to week 30. My apologies for week 30 being a week late. I hope the week off gave you time to catch up.

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Sometimes life throws you a curve ball or two, or maybe more and can stop you dead in your tracks. You may have even seen it coming.  It could also decide to sneak up behind you, when you least expect it and totally blindside you, knocking you off of your horse (so to speak).

Maybe it’s a wake up call, telling you to stop and reassess. Reassess your job, family, friends, your relationships, habits, or way of life in general. It could be anything that you’ve been ignoring, neglecting or simply is not serving you and needs addressing right now. Maybe it’s a situation you’ve been pretending isn’t happening, for all these years, telling yourself that this way is best for everyone. But is it really? Is it best for you?

It could be a warning of sorts. Is the Universe trying tell you something? Maybe the Universe has been trying to tell you something, but for some reason you’re not listening. Sometimes it takes major curve balls to smack you along side your head to get you to pay attention.

Maybe it’s simply a message that needs to be heard. A message to remind you to start really living, To take a chance, to create a life that makes you happy. Life is certainly too short to spend it being miserable.

Imagine your life is a novel. What would you like the rest of the book to look like?  What changes need to be made to get you there?

So yes, I have fallen off of my horse due to a few curve balls and am still attending my wounds. I will eventually get back up on that horse. So please bare with me while I adjust my saddle. My apologies again for missing a week.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week. I want you to go out into nature to create. Even if it’s just a quick sketch or a jotting down of ideas. Spend some time alone, outside, enjoying the weather. Sketch it all out in graphite first. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes scribble it down and you can make corrections later.

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 30 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a FREE place in my on line course, Journal Playground.  To find out more about this course, visit www.kyliefowler.com

I will draw a random name on Friday 11th August from those who have uploaded into the Week 30 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Week 28 Art Journal Winner:

Today’s lucky winner is Tara Perry. Congratulations. This is so beautiful Tara. I love it.

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My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. New tutorials are up each week. Click the link below to view their latest free mixed media tutorials and interviews.

Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

Some New Arrivals

 

Jane Davenport Magic Wands Are Now In Stock. Yay!

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Prima Traveller’s Notebook with Kraft Pages in now in!

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Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat where have you been?

Who doesn’t love playing with new products. Have you seen the new Jane Davenport collection at the Lulu Art Store? I couldn’t help myself and had to buy some of the range to play with.

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I was just so excited to have a play, I used one of my old drawings from when I use to create timber cutouts. This cat and mouse is one I created some years ago for my paper towel holder. I just scaled it to size on my computer, printed it and traced onto Jane’s watercolor paper insert for the traveler’s journal.

I had lots of fun playing and hope you get a chance to play along with me. Why not go and make a coffee, sit back and watch my creative video which I put together to share my processes.

 

 

Materials used:
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport Confettissue
Jane Davenport Water Color Paper Washi Tape – Palette
Matte medium
Ceramcoat Black
TCW Stencil –  Inspired Words
01 black fine pen
Sponge Finger Daubers
Water Brush Fine and Board
2B Pencil and Eraser

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