Good Morning all my fellow artists and crafters. This is Dora and today we are going to decorate a book cover. I am using this as my art journal cover, but you are more than welcome to use it how you see fit. I am using the following materials.... Swirls Flourish Stencil, Blank Wood Album Cover (plain), and the Chicken Wire Chipboard Embellishment Shape. Here is a picture of the finished product and there will be some close ups at the end of this post. Hope you enjoy creating with me today.
Now let's get started on the basics.... before you do anything always gesso or prime your project pieces, so that they will hold paint, and embossing better. Here I have done that with both the cover, back cover, and the pieces I will be using.
The next thing I do is paint the pieces - making them appear to be vintage and old.
While those are drying, I take the front and back cover, using a stencil, and crackle paste, create texture for the background of both side.
Once the crackle paste is fully dried. I begin to add paints and watercolors, for a grungy/vintage look. You can do this by spraying water on the canvas, while wet, apply the paint or watercolor. It will in turn run down and through the texture you created in the step before. As you can see below, I controlled the flow to only move in the middle and where I wanted the color to be.
Now comes the fun part as always, laying out the design you would like on your cover. If you are afraid you may forget, please take a photo with your phone, so that you can reference it when you are reassembling it. I have chosen to use molds and clay for some of my frame, wings, and stars. Now once you are ready, use some matte gel medium to make sure everything stays in place. Paper embellishments can be stuck with regular glue.
Now I am going to use some matte get medium and place some mini stones along the areas that appear to be a little bare.
Once you have everything in it's place, this step is always optional, as I do love this step, and do it frequently. Cover your focal point (especially if it is a face, animal, or family picture), to protect it from all the splatters we are going to be doing next. I am using liquid acrylic paint. Adding just a tad of water to thin it for the splatter effect.
There you have it.... You are done and just look at what we created together. I am so happy you have joined me today in created this cover for my new art journal.
As always, see you next time!!! Be bless, think outside your box, and color outside the lines!!! All the best artists do!! Happy Creating!!