a vintage book
patterned paper, ephemera
heavy gel medium
acrylics, inks, markers
*these are the materials I used but of course...anything goes!
*The first thing I do is pick out a (sturdy) vintage book; I bought a few at the local library sale for a steal. I then use gel medium to collage bits of patterned paper, a page from a dictionary...you can add photos, epherma, anything really.
*Then I add gesso just covering certain parts while allowing some of the papers to show through. The crinkles just add to the texture!
*next I add some Golden liquid acrylic paint...I use Paynes Gray on the edges to give it a vintage look and I use some Burnt Sienna as well. I use a bottle cap to make patterns in the gesso and allow to dry.
*I add some color inside the circles, a few stickers (these ones are by Tim Holtz) and sketch in a figure. I use some inks on the top and let them drip down to give the cover even more dimension and a very aged look.
*I use Shiva Oilstiks and lay in the face colors. Let dry for 24 hours.
*I glue about 6 pages together at a time and gesso them to give me a really sturdy surface to art journal in. It is tedious I know but...well worth it.
*complete the face and hair, add facial features with Pitt pen, lay in more color using acrylics and add that cute cute cute vintage doorknob (this one by Tim Holtz) with heavy gel medium. Allow to dry overnight.
*add a vintage key with hemp, some words and coat with gloss varnish. The possibilities are endless; you can turn this into an art journal, a photo album, a decorative piece. I just love this! Right now it sits on my dresser but soon, I am going to be art journaling in it! Love!!!