Happy weekend, Citrus Twist Kits Friends! I have a project to share with you that has been on my to-do list of things I have wanted to get back into doing...art journaling. I had the perfect sized book in mind to start altering!
This book was shiny, so I did use a regular fingernail file to rough it up as much as I could to help the paint stick. I altered the cover using about 2 layers of white gesso and paint, mixing in old and new stickers in between those layers, and then the final layer was adding stamps and more stickers. Here is a quick video with music to show you step by step how I altered the cover and a few of the inside pages. You'll see in the video, I did remove some of the inside pages, thanks to looking at other art journalers. The reason for this is to not have the book so full. I will be adding paints and other media to the pages on the inside, so removing some pages helps that. I did add the gesso to the sides of the pages and let it dry, but then as soon as it dried, I fanned out the pages a bit to separate since the gesso can act as a glue. With some of the pages being removed, I wasn't looking for perfection. Just know if you paint your edges like I did, you will want to do the same. And be sure to use just a little paint.Here are a few more photos of how the first few pages of the inside are coming together. The new June paper pack was so perfect for the look I wanted. I used double-sided tape to adhere these pattern papers.