Decorating Your Art Journal

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Art Journals are a great way to express your creativity in a personal way. Most art journals are not created with the end goal of displaying in a gallery, yet all the same concepts one would use in gallery art are often used in a journal. Adding texture, ink and embellishments are some of the ways artists have changed journaling, for the better in our opinion! In the samples below, we created two journal covers that hopefully will inspire you to personalize your journal cover and turn it into a work of art too.

This is a very cute little binder that even includes a pen, but it is just a tad on the drab side.

This is a very cute little binder that even includes a pen, but it is just a tad on the drab side.

Our journal is made out of chipboard. Some journals may be a glossy boardstock or even a fabric overlay. No matter what the material you have as your base, you can add just about anything to it with some Creative Medium. We chose to mix it up and add some of everything, but you could also do something simple like take this chipboard cover and make your own fabric overlay.

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Use Fabrico markers to create a design on the fabric. We used a Chevron Stencil with Pale Lilac and Garnet markers. Next apply a layer of Creative Medium to the journal and lay the fabric on top and let soak in. Applying a second coat on top will seal it well. We used Iridescent Pink to go with our color scheme.

You can apply pieces of paper to your journal cover in the exact same way as the fabric to get a very different look and texture. Try cutting the paper in to different shapes, or layering them for more texture—always with a layer of Creative Medium between to keep them locked together.

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In our second sample, we use strips of pink cardstock, tissue paper, and Creative Medium to create different textures. Since tissue paper is very fragile, it will immediately become mush once the paste is added to it, yet the wrinkle effect it leaves is what makes it so cool.

When working with tissue paper,  carefully lay ripped up strips into the paste. Depending on how thick and textured you want it will determine how much tissue paper you use. Follow with a top layer of Creative Medium to seal it. You can see we also used thin strips of scrap paper on the front side of this journal which creates a fun textured stripe pattern.

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You can add even more texture by applying the Creative Medium to the cover through a patterned stencil.

If you want to add a little more color, you can stamp on the dried Creative Medium with StazOn inks any way you please. We used a little Gothic Purple on ours. We leave the rest of the creative process up to you! It might be fun to use different colors of Creative Medium as you add on different layers. The possibilities are endless!

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Don’t listen to Josie. You can have art everyday!

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