3 Ways to Decorate your Traveler’s Journal Inserts

Hi Lulu Art creatives, Kate with you today and I’m so happy because I managed to get my grubby little hands (literally – I’ve always got paint or ink somewhere) on some of the fabulous new Prima Traveler’s Journals in the Lulu Art store – my current favourite is the Nomads set!  Each set comes with some plain notebooks tucked inside and well you know me, I couldn’t just leave the inserts undecorated!  So, I thought I’d show you 3 different ways to decorate your Traveler’s Journal inserts to create 3 completely different looks.

I’ve grabbed 3 journal inserts to play with, a Prima Weekly Journal Insert (Black Cover), a Prima Journal Insert – Scribble Lines Floral (Blank Pages) and a plain Kraft cover blank insert.

You can see how each cover was created in the video clip below, I hope you find a style that suits you.

Black Journal Insert | Bold and Bright

I thought I’d keep this journal reasonably simple and of course, flat so I can fit as much into my Traveler’s Notebook as possible.  This black journal from Prima has some really pretty foiled lettering which I’d like to match using Art Alchemy paints from Finnabair.  So grab a stencil, some metallic paints and let’s make this cover sparkle and shine!

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The first look we are going to create is BRIGHT and BOLD using molding paste and paints.

The plain black journal insert is getting a rather colourful upgrade!  I’ve used Light Molding paste and a stencil, combined with some amazing art alchemy Metallique paints to really change the vibe of the journal cover.  Finish with a touch of gold wax and some splashes of Lindy’s sprays and your journal cover will shine.  I’ve shown you exactly how to do this for yourself in the video clip.  Now, this is a multi step process, so you may need to have a few coffee breaks while decorating your cover like this.

 

Believe me adding the gold wax paste as the final step completely transforms the look and brings it to life, just use a light touch and don’t add too much!

Floral Journal Insert | Girly Collage

For the floral journal, it’s already super pretty it just needs to be personalized a little, this is a great opportunity to play with ‘pretty’ things and create a collage on the front that works in with the journal cover.  For this cover, I’m going to play with some collage papers and washi embellishments from Jane Davenport!

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I couldn’t help myself – I’ve been itching to use some of my Jane Davenport collage papers and thought that this was the perfect way to start – doesn’t it make the Prima journal insert look cool and fun!  All it took was a little washi tape, a little cutting and a swish or two with a few paint pens and there you have it, custom cover!   Don’t worry I’ve explained everything in the video step-by-step.

If you are new to art or journals you might like to leave your cover right here.

BUT, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous and would like to customise your cover further try adding a soft halo of Light Patina Metallique paint and some drops of Liquitex ink, there are so many options when decorating your own covers!  In person the shimmer on the metallique paint is stunning!

Kraft Journal Insert | Vintage

This is screaming vintage theme, so let’s go with that!   There are so many fabulous vintage ephemera pieces available in the Lulu art shop that I’m kind of spoiled for choice but I’ve managed to narrow it down to some stamps, vintage papers and a whole lot of Tim Holtz!

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Oh, this was fun – though a little more challenging than my usual collages as I was trying to keep everything very flat.  All you really need to create this is some vintage papers, vintage ephemera, and a little distress ink.  This cover is all about Tim – Tim Holtz products that is – and what a great way to finish my trio of decorated travelers notebook inserts!  The kraft coloured notebooks are perfect for vintage or travel themed layouts or styles

Up close you can see there is a hint of glitter.

 

Go grab your favourite supplies from Kylie over at Lulu Art and get decorating!

 

Creating a Boldly Coloured Art Journal Page

Hello there Lulu Art fans, it’s Kate here with you today and I’m being brave and stepping out of my comfort zone a little to share a bold and vibrant page inspired by the art of Tracy Verdugo.  My art journal spread was created using an array of my favourite products from sprays to paints – from the Lulu Art online store of course!

The basic idea for this page is lots of layers, LOTS of LAYERS, each one different to the last using different products for each one!

Start by coating your page in gel medium and adding colour using Lindy’s Starburst Sprays while the Gel is still wet.  Once dry, use a water brush to add in a little Dina Wakley acrylic paint in several colours, drying between ‘unfriendly’ colours eg: green and orange, also stipple on a little paint through some Punchinella for extra interest.

Then add some extra shimmer by adding glazes and small designs with Metallic Accents paints, vary how thickly you add this.

Spray the facing page with water and spritz and flick on some of the same colour sprays (Time Travel Teal, Shaby Turbine Teal and Hi Maintenance Magenta), to create a lighter but coordinating background.  Keep working on the other page while this dries.  You will notice a huge difference as to how these behave and look, when applying over gel medium vs wet paper.

Using a pencil or chalk, lightly sketch designs onto your painted page, make sure you include the best bits with the most interesting colours and patterns into your designs.  Then use a fine tip white paint marker to trace over your design.

Fill in the areas between your drawings with white Gesso and dark colour acrylic paint (I used Night from Dina Wakley).  You can also add in another colour if you like – I used Magenta.  Mix and blend the colours for more interest to your background.  Add more white for a pale background and more of the darker colours for a bolder background – both look amazing.

Outline and embellish your designs using fine detail paint pens in both black and white to make your designs really POP.

Using black gesso and a bold quote stencil – this one is from Donna Downey, add a quote to the facing page to finish your journal spread.

 

And up close the finished elements look like this – no editing or enhancing required the colours really do look just like this…

You can watch the whole process start to finish right here – so you can follow along and create your very own page 🙂

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Have a fabulous and creative day

Kate

Textured Mixed Media Card with Rust Paste

I’m back with another Mixed Media project for Lulu Art!  Today we are going to create a mixed media card from vintage papers, scraps and the fabulous pastes and paints from Prima and Finnabair – go grab what you need to create this from the Lulu Art Store!

There are a few steps involved in creating this card – but each step is so simple you will easily be able to follow along and create your own version, plus it helps that there is a start to finish video at the bottom of each section.  Why so many steps, because each element helps build texture and layers of colour that you could just not achieve any other way (believe me I’ve tried!)!

Basic Process

Glue vintage papers onto a piece of thick base card using Matte Gel and allow to dry.

Scribble Neocolor in Gold and Ochre over the paper, spritz with water and spread with a paintbrush – this will add a more vintage look to the papers and give a consistent colour.

Add layers of paper, ephemera and material using Matt Gel and then add even more texture using stencils and Light Molding Paste.  Once this base layer is dry add Liquitex ink in Transparent Raw Umber to darken the background and collaged elements, spritz with water to vary the strength of the color.  I left it dark on the material and lighter on the background.

Using the dry brush technique, add a light layer of gesso over the background – you could stop right here it’s so pretty!

Add some stamping and stenciled images for a little variation, using Distress Oxide and Archival ink pads.

You can see exactly how the textured mixed media background was created in this process video.

 

The create the embellishment collage, add a layer of 3D elements (make sure these are chunky, eg: flowers, buttons, leaves, papers, vintage or ornate metal embellishments).  You can purchase pre-made embellishments or create your own, I’ve used a combination of purchased and hand-made elements.  Arrange in a pleasing layout and then glue onto your background.

Carefully cover all of the embellishments in Rust Paste – Dark Brown, make sure to coat the top and bottom of flower petals, also brush a little of the paint over the background.

Then using a fine brush or sponge (or both) add the yellow and orange Rust Paste and Light Patina and Turquoise Metallique Art Alchemy paints.

To finish the card panel add Light Patina and Turquoise Metallique paints to the background and spritz with water to make the colours run.  This visually separates the background and the embellishment layers, plus it looks so pretty!!!

Add some mini beads and text embellishments, mount the panel onto neutral coloured cardstock to finish, then sit back and admire the pretty colors – and they really are VERY pretty colours!

You can see exactly how each layer and colour was added to create the Rust Effects on the embellishments in this video.

 

and here are a couple of close-ups so you can see how absolutely yummy this looks.

 

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Recycled Packaging Art Journal Page

Hi Lulu Art Fans!  Kate (aka Sparkle Tart) here with you on the blog today with a cool idea for using some of that gorgeous packaging you get on your art supplies!  Today I’m going to let loose my slightly WEIRD side!  I hope I’m not alone when I buy a new art supply and spend a minute or two marvelling over the beautiful packaging.  I mean that’s not so weird right – they MAKE the packaging to be attractive, eye-catching and pretty so we want to buy the product!  Well, my latest purchase of a Black Dylusions art journal from Ranger had packaging just too pretty to throw away – so I decided to incorporate it into my journal as the very first page.

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BASIC TECHNIQUE

Cut packaging into a variety of interesting shapes and glue onto your pages using Matte Gel Medium.

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Use a Dylusions stencil (I picked patterns that were similar to the images in the packaging, and the shapes I cut out) and Black Gesso to break up the shapes of the packaging by adding stencilled images over both the packaging and the background.  Then get in there with the paint left on the brush and really scruff up those edges!!

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Add texture using Light Molding Paste and stencils, you can use the same ones you used before or introduce new images.  You are again aiming to break up the background and blur the line between the collage papers and the journal page.  Also smear a little of the paste around on the page to create interesting texture and a bit of shape to the page.

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Add colour to the Stencilled shapes using acrylic paints (Golden and Dina Wakley) – choose colours that compliment, though stand-out, against the background – make sure there is some variety in the paint you use, for maximum interest.   Try adding one colour while another is still wet, for interesting blends and then let other colours dry between layers for a different look.  Also flick a little of each colour over the background to scruff up that clean black paper.

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Add some of the  Gansai Tambi metallic paints onto and around the textured elements.

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Add some of the art alchemy paints to both the images, the texture and around the patterns and make sure whatever you do on one side you add a little to the other side as well.  Look at the amazing shimmer from the Art Alchemy paint – super gorgeous.

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Once all the paint is dry, highlight some of the texture on the page using a gold wax paste and add some white paint pen and embellishments to really make the design pop.   Leave some of the paint pen as white lines and use your fingers to blend other sections into the background.

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And your finished pages might look something like this, a blend of packaging and new texture, metallic and bright painted elements.  If I hadn’t told you I was using packaging you would never guess!

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Here are a few close-ups so you can see the yummy details.

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You can watch this page being created in the video clip below.

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