Tuesday, February 10, 2015

cReAtInG Art Journal Cover - PaperArtsy Paint Challenge

Just like being a new blogger, I've also just started to Art Journal.  I have 3 journals at the present....and have a long way to go before I'm happy with my journaling!  The PA "Paint" Challenge, made me think this would be a good time to make a cover for one journal.

The base of my project, besides the book, was a piece of canvas.  I painted the edges with a aqua paint dabber along the edges with extra paint on the edge that would be glued over the book cover edge.  Then I used a chevron stencil with bright pink paint dabber and put aside to dry. (the yarn tassel was added after the cover dried!)

A piece of brown burlap, cut a bit smaller than the canvas, was used for the next layer and as a base for my embellishments.  After fraying the burlap I covered the center with a layer of gesso. Then I used the aqua and bright pink paint dabbers on spots over the gesso and also using the chevron stencil. 

Using white on white fabric, backed with interfacing, I swished the pink dabber over the fabric and a aqua pen to print "cReAtInG" and fancied the letters with a little loopy edge. On a smaller piece of this fabric, I used the pink paint to swish some color.  This will be the background for my initial.

I dabbed some aqua paint on two pieces of metal, my initial, J, and a leafy piece.

Now time to add the embellishments to the burlap. I used French knots, couching, and a whip stitch to attach the 2 fabric pieces, 2 metal pieces and lovely fuzzy yarn (on the left side of top).  Two button flowers adorn the cover also using seed beads and chain stitch stems.  I used aqua and pink thread for a random straight stitch in a couple of areas and also a few French knots in lime green thread for some POP!  (I love  embroidery!)

The burlap was glued to the canvas and with the lime green thread, I attached the two together with a straight stitch around the outside.


  1. Lovely journal cover!! I liked that burlap panel a lot :)

  2. Hi Julie! Love your beautiful journal cover with this fantastic design and colors.

  3. Fab Julie! Seems like you are embarking on lots of great new projects !! Go you! Xx

  4. Wow so gorgeous, the texture and colours are awesome. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx