My Notes, My Thoughts, My Wishes, My Dreams: An Altered Journal

My Notes, My Thoughts, My Wishes, My Dreams: An Altered Journal

Posted by DecoArt on Jul 25th 2018

The design for my altered journal was inspired by the recent artwork by Gwen Lafleur. She creates the most amazing and incredibly colourful works of art and on many of them she uses hand-carved wooden stamps from India that are originally meant for stamping onto fabric. But they can also be used to create beautiful mixed media art. I have been hoarding (and only admiring) my own Indian wood stamps so far, but Gwen's work reminded me to also use them to create beautiful floral designs and have fun with them!

Cheap plain cardboard notebooks and journals can be found in many sizes and stores and I hardly ever manage to pass any of these by without buying a few. In my studio I always have some notebooks nearby, to turn them into one-of-a-kind journals whenever I have a new idea for a new design or when I need a self-made gift for a friend.

Items Needed:


Step One: If your journal has a rubber band closure, bring it out of the way to the back cover. Insert a sheet of scrap paper that has sufficient overlap between the front cover and the first page to protect the notebook from being stained during the painting process. 

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Step Two: Apply small dots of Americana premium paints to the cover.

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Step Three: Move the credit card from left to right to drag the paint from the dots across the cover. Do not repeat this action more than twice in the same spots – otherwise, your paints will mix too much and turn muddy! 

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Step Four: Spread white DecoArt media Gesso on a palette using a brayer. If necessary mix a bit of water into the Gesso to thin its consistency. Use a palette knife to do so. Then spread the Gesso evenly with the brayer. 

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Dab the wooden stamp into the Gesso several times to provide good and even coverage – then press down firmly while stamping the images onto the journal cover. 

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Step Five: Use a detail brush and Americana premium paints to paint the stamped on floral designs. 

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Step Six: Add more details and patterns with a white gel pen.

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Step Seven: Scrape on tiny amounts of DecoArt media white Crackle Paste here and there using only the very tip of the palette knife. 

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Step Eight: Add some handwritten words using the white gel pen again. Then seal the cover with matte Spray Sealer. You‘re done! 

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The bright colours from the premium paints and the Indian florals are a perfect match, aren't they? Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful summer! 

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