There are plenty of leaves falling off my tree, so I gathered a few and used them on the cover of the album.
I covered the board with Jo Sonja All Purpose Sealer and let dry.
I covered the board with Texture Paste and pushed the leaves into the paste while straightening the leaves.
On the back of the Album I used Texture Paste & Stencil.
Hold the stencil firmly while spreading the Texture Paste over the top.
It's a bit like icing a cake. Let both pieces dry thoroughly.
I used a brush mix of Jo Sonja Pthalo Green and Warm White and painted over the whole design, (front and back covers) make sure to fill in the small crevices around leaves. This may need two coats. Dry.
Use Burnished Copper and a stiff Hog hair bristle brush and dry brush technique, paint this over the leaves and board.
I made some areas like the leaves and edges heavier.
Do you know what Dry Brush Technique is? Load the brush with paint, wipe it all off on a clean, dry cloth. When you can no longer see paint coming off the brush onto the clean towel, then its ready to apply to your painting.
I also applied the same colour and technique over the back of the board.
When I was happy with the covers, I painted them both with a couple of coats of Jo Sonja Decoupage Varnish.
This is a heavy, durable Water based, Gloss Varnish.
Perfect for this kind of Art.
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I've been working in my B.O.D.'s journaling. Here are a couple of pages.
Here is a page dedicated to Uncle Tom who recently passed away.
He was a great man who achieved soo much in his life.
Have you noticed how more people seem to be journaling?
Everyone journals for different reasons-painting, drawing, portraiture, mixed media, some pouring their heart out and using it as therapy, some for inspirations.
Do you journal?
I Journal for a few different reasons:
-I love to create and I can fill books without having to worry where I'm going to put my next painting.
-I use it as therapy, and work out lifes issues on pages.
I can carry my books (I do have a couple on the go at the same time) and supplies to most places with me. In fact we are going away in a couple of weeks and I'm planning on which supplies to take with me.
Oh dear, look how long since I've posted. Such a naughty blogger and very unlike me to be naughty... I could go on and on about my personal life and how busy I've been but I'm sure you don't want to hear it.\
I have joined Effy Wild's "Book of Days" which is thoroughly enjoyable and just what I needed to kick start the new year. I know we are in February, however the first month of 2012 I had very little creative time for ME! Effy is free, easy to follow journaling and shows video's on all sorts of multi media ways to journal and throwing glitter around as she goes!
Here are a couple of pages I've created inspired by Effy.
Need more practice with writing...
I probably haven't done justice, so please go take a peek for yourself-AND it's all free
I've also been following Jan Fox Designs, 52 Playdates!
I am a happily married mother of two teenage sons. I have been painting since 1999 and have a home studio where I teach. I recently discovered the joys of patchwork and quilting and now spend some of my creative time sewing.