- A Large Spiral Bound Note Book
- Water Colour Paper, Brush and Paints
- Butterfly Rubber Stamp and Alcohol Based Markers (Tria by Letraset)
- Tissue Paper
- Thin Black Cardstock (or thick paper)
- Glitter Yarn and Thin Ribbon
- Out Loud Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Angie Young
- White Card Stock for Printer
- Curved Edges on Fiskars Shape Templates
- Wooden Embellishment
The Painting Bit
Taking two tubes of watercolour paints I put some in a pallet and added water to make a wash. Then starting from the top of a sheet of water colour paper I painted a blue wash, and from the bottom a yellow one. The meet in the middle and merge slightly. I made the top and bottom darker by over painting.
After the paint dried I cut the paper to size to fit the front of my journal.
Then I placed a doily in the top right corner.
Taking paint directly from the blue watercolour tube I dabbed it around the corner of the doily to make a pattern.
I repeated this in the bottom left using the yellow paint.
When the paint brush overlapped the blue section on the doily it mixed to make a green. I finished the paint left on the brush to print a circular design in green using the centre of the doily.
Adding water to the brush I painted a wash across the remaining white area of the doily to finish colouring it.
The Butterfly Tag
This was the digital part of my artwork. I put the blue journal tag from Angie's kit in my software and placed the red butterfly on top. Then I copied the butterfly in the space next to it. I printed the images onto white card-stock.
I cut out the tag ignoring the butterfly wings and cutting straight across them. Then I cut the wings from the second butterfly image.
I stuck the wings on to the tag directly above the printed butterfly image ensuring there was no glue on the wing tips. After the glue dried I used a pencil to curl the wing tips.
Putting it all Together
I inked up a butterfly rubber stamp with Tria Markers and printed a row of butterflies along the left hand side of the paper.
The Fiskars shape templates come with curved edges. I pressed the edge down on top of some tissue paper and tore the tissue paper along the shaped edge.
I layered up tissue paper and the doily along the left edge of the painted paper
I mounted the artwork on black card-stock. Using a black Tria Marker I inked up the edges and sprial bound edge of the front cover. The Cover was then stuck down using double sided sticky tape before adding the tag and a wooden embellishment.
As a finishing touch I tied some ribbon and glitter threads to the top 5 spirals.
This journal was so much fun to make, and I decorated some of the inside pages too (see previous tutorial). Have fun decorating your own note books and journals, and don't forget that I love to see anything you make inspired by or following instructions from this tutorials blog.