Free Tutorial how to make a mixed media junk journal with Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest

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Enchanted Forest travel journal

I love making these recycled travel journals and thought I would write up a tutorial on how I made this one.  I started out with the paper;  Enchanted Forest by Graphic 45.  Then I got an old 2 ring book I found at an estate sale.enchanted forest blog 1 net

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inside of binder

I used the pages in the binder to measure and cut the paper for the journal.  Most of the paper was white card stock, some of the pages were from the EF ( enchanted forest) paper.enchanted forest blog 4

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I cut out the princess from the paper and a backing paper for the cover image.enchanted forest blog a

Covered the cover with black card stock and used golden heavy gel gloss and a stencil to texture the cover.enchanted forest blog c

I then painted the dried texture with 4 colors of Lumiere paint and brushed it with a cloth to mute and blend the colors.  enchanted forest blog d

I glued down the background and used foam dots to raise the princess image up on the cover.  I added Swarovski crystals to the image.

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Decided to add extra bling on the side of the cover.enchanted forest blog f

Then I went through the pages; distressing the sides and adding handmade pockets and tags.  I cut out some of the images from the Graphic 45 paper to make embellishments.

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This is a tip out page that I added for more room to put photos into the journal

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And I made a small book to tuck into a pocket to put my private thoughts.enchanted forest journal 4 netenchanted forest journal 5 net

Here is the journal finished and ready to sell in my Etsy store.enchanted forest journal net

Hope this helps you create a journal of your own from a recycled book.  Please leave any comments or questions below.  Thanks for dropping by.

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Free Art journal Tutorial; quick journal page using Neocolor water soluble Pastels

Sometimes I want to make a colorful art journal page quickly. I also prepare my travel journals ahead of time using this technique so that they are ready to use on the road.  I also sometimes take the smaller set of pastels in my travel kit.

I use these Neocolor water soluble pastels.  I thought some of you might want to try this fast technique.

I bought these online from an art outlet.  They are not inexpensive but they last a long time.

First I glue 3 pages of my journal together to make a substrate that can handle the water you will be adding.neocolor pastel tutorial page.jpg  I normally use only 3 complimentary colors for a page.  Here I start with a sky blue on each corner.neocolor pastel tutorial page 3.jpg then a yellow , followed by a gold in the middle.neocolor pastel tutorial page 5.jpgYou use the pastels like a crayon. The next step is where you have to be careful.  You want to start to blend using a moist (not too much water) paint brush., just blending the colors together.  If you use too much water with these pastels it dilutes them and makes your paper wrinkle a lot.

Dry this page now.neocolor pastel tutorial page 8.jpg  I like to add a frame to the page which I do after the page is dry using two colors of brown ( one dark on the outside, one lighter on the inside)

Dry the frame.  Here is the finished page that took about 15 mins. neocolor-pastel-tutorial-page-12  Finished , dry and ready for me to write my day’s adventures down.

Here is a page in my journal that I did with lots more preparation.  I glued pages, used 3 coats of white gesso ( they need to dry between coats) and finally when completely dry, applied spray paints.  This took a day since you need the gesso to completely dry.  Now I will admit I like the effect better but sometimes I do not have the time to do it. neocolor-pastel-tutorial-page-13  Thanks for looking at this tutorial;  I hope you enjoyed it and can use it in your creative work.  If you have any comments please leave them below.  You can find my mixed media journals and journal kits in my etsy shop .  If you want to see my photographs and our travel adventures dog and house sitting in England, look here.

blue collage ( now gifts from the Sea) free mixed media collage tutorial, part 2

I rolled out air dried clay and cut it into 4 pieces.  I added rolls of clay to make a sea shore and sand area on two of the largest pieces.  I took different stamps to make textures in the sand areas and let the clay dry overnight.Image  Then I places sea shells from Hawaii on the dried clay to get an idea of how I might want to make the composition.  This is just an idea and may not be how the collage actually turns out. Image The next step is to paint the sand and the ocean sections of the dried clay.  I used a variety of metallic paints ( lumiere metallic paint, Inka metallic rub, Mary Stewart paint) ; you can see them on the side of this photo.ImageWhen the paint dried, I sprayed the clay pieces and the canvas substrate with a glossy sealing varnish.  Now I am ready to start to embellish the collage.  This is the fun creative part since I let the collage talk to me about how it should be finished. lol