Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Journaling and Lace Texture

Hi everyone!

So, Mary Brockway did this awesome tutorial on the Gauche Alchemy blog which showed how to add texture to a project using fabric and lace. As soon as I watched the video, I wanted to try it out and I did! Go me, heh heh. Anyhoo, I was inspired to use this technique on the cover of my Dylusions art journal.

See, as I've been doing pages in this here journal, I've been putting any extra brush paint, wet stamps, etc on the cover, thinking that, down the road, it would end up creating this funky layered look and make an awesome cover. *might* have worked out okay if I had kept going but I really wasn't digging it. PLUS, I added gesso to the back and it just made it yuck. Like, it felt too gritty or rough or something so, nope...had to change it. See what I mean:

The Front:

And the Back:

So like I said, I could have kept going and just let it ride but I'm not that patient. So thank goodness for Mary's tutorial! (Plus, it didn't hurt that I have a made stash of Gauche Alchemy lace just waiting to be glued on to something, lol.) So first things first, I Mod Podged the crap out of some lace, covering the front, spine and back of my journal:

Then, I quickly depleted my supply of white acrylic paint (much to my mother's dismay, she liked the multi-colored look, lol), covering all of the lace:

This tutorial was SO easy and the finished look is amazing! I love that it looks sort of antique, and with it painted all one color, it really draws out the texture of the lace pieces. I can imagine doing this technique many different ways using different colors, playing with different sorts of lace, etc.

A few of my own tips:

1. In the video, Mary glues her lace onto fabric, here I was using a journal cover which is a slicker surface. This made my lace move around when I was trying to glue it down. It was a little tricky at first and I used a LOT of Mod Podge BUT I finally changed the brush I was using from sponge to a bristle (duh) brush (which is what Mary used) and it worked a lot better with way less slipping.

2. To glue around and under the elastic band on my journal, I just glued one side then slid it around over to the dry side to glue on the other....uh, side. Same thing when painting.

3. Have LOTS of white paint on hand before you start so you don't run out in the middle of working. lol Maybe it was just me, and you'll use way less paint if you start with lighter colored lace but I used a ton of paint in multiple coats.

Also, bristle brush is best for the paint too, you can turn it sideways and sort of "wiggle it" around to get the paint in the holes and grooves of the lace.

And there it is! I'm not finished with the cover yet, I would like to add some color, maybe some ink mists? But I haven't decided yet, think I'll keep working on the inside pages a little more. :D

Have a great day!!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Hi everyone!

So merry Christmas and happy new year to you and yours! I hope that...okay fine, totally missed every 2013 holiday on the blog and now it's 2014. Ah well, I'll try harder this year to keep this place updated more often. :D

In other news, here's my first art journal page in the new year!

I've been posting peeks on my Instagram, wow so easy to post stuff there on the fly! lol But here's the whole thing! :D

Almost everything I used on this page was from Gauche Alchemy's Kokeshi Kit. I started out with one of the pre-misted pages in my art journal and then added some paper, napkin and punchinella stenciling.

I did a lot of fussy cutting for this one and let me be totally honest: I do NOT like fussy cutting. I'm just not that patient most of the time. lol But this time I sucked it up and cut out sections of the beautiful fabric that comes with the kit as well as some My Little Shoebox overlays I had in my stash.

Okay, can I just tell you how disappointed I was to discover that those white flowers were OVERLAYS and not RUB ONS?! Ack, so yeah, my vision of these grungy looking flowers went away when I realized I'd have to cut out and then glue down the flowers like they are. lol

That being said, it gave me a chance to add some Stickles to them which popped them out a little more so it all worked out. lol

I hope your new year has started off with a creative BANG! :D