måndag 22 januari 2018

Create Art - fabric art journal cover


A while ago I started journaling on loose pages and thought I should bind them into a journal when they where all done. Well, I changed my mind. I wanted them to be in one place now, but I wanted to be able to take the pages out to work on and then put back. So, I made myself this Midori style fabric cover. First time I made something like this and I made it really easy for myself! I didn´t measure anything. The fabric is just one layer of cotton fabric from an old pillow case.

I started by laying down one of my watercolour papers (A4 size) open flat on the fabric and just cut around it leaving a boarder for about 1-2 cm. I distressed the edges of the fabric a bit, I didn´t want it to look neat. I made 5 holes with my crop-a-dile (just measuring with my eyes) and attached eyelets.
I covered both sides with white gesso.

First layer of paint using That´s Crafty Multi surface paints diluted with water. 
I dried each colour before adding the next.

I did some stenciling using That´s Crafty Dinky stencils and paints one shade lighter 
than the base colours. They appear darker though because they are not diluted with water.

I stamped one of the flowers from Rubber Dance Crazy Flowers 1 stamp set using Archival ink.
I used acrylic markers from Panduro and Posca pens for some doodling and mark making.

I stamped Free yourself and Make art from Rubber Dance Artist Plate stamp set and 
did some more doodling.
I threaded elastic string through the eyelets two rounds. That left me with 4 strings on the inside to attach my signatures to.

I used one of Tim Holtz quote chips, punched two holes with my crop-a-dile and attached to the string that will act as closure of the journal. 

Here´s the back of my journal.

I had so much fun creating this, just playing and not worrying about making it perfect :)

Thanks for stopping by today! 
I´m back tomorrow with an art journal spread with a video tutorial.
xx Melina

11 kommentarer:

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous Melina, so bright and colourful and full of lovely details.
    My younger daughter has just been doing something similar for a friend's sister too and it took her all weekend!
    Fliss xx

    1. Thank you so much Fliss! I’m sure her friends sister will be really happy 😊

  2. Gorgeous, Melina! Thanks for sharing it on Art Journal Junkies. xoxo

  3. WOW!! This is absolutely stunning, Melina! I love the colours and layout. Great idea to use fabric from an old pillow case! Thank you so much for using our stamps to create this unique beauty! ♥

  4. This is such a beautiful AJ cover and so clever! There is so much to look at and admire.
    Dot x

  5. Hi, Melinda~ I really appreciate your craft. I was wondering what your personal email was. I will be sending you a letter of request seeking permission to use an image of this journal cover to show as an art example for our grade 9 students in a learning module in the Philippines. Thank you. Pls. do keep in touch irene.venus@deped.gov.ph