Wednesday, 5 November 2014

WOYWW 283: Altered journal cover #KSDNOV

Happy Wednesday AGAIN! Where did the week go? Blink and you miss it! Time for another desk hopping adventure over on the Stamping Ground. I'm also linking this post to the Kraafters Kommunity November challenge, which is all about altering.  You can take part too, just make sure to use #KSDNOV to tag your blog, G+, Instagram, or Facebook posts. Or better still, join the Kraafters Kommunity and post a link there! It's one of the friendliest and most supportive communities on G+!


The photo above shows my desk on Tuesday night. I had to tidy up a bit on Monday because the clutter was getting unmanageable. I had finally come up with an idea to alter the cover of my "junk" journal, which is an old business calendar that used to have a boring black plastic cover. At first, I was thinking of doing something similar to this painted cover by +Marianne Morris but I quickly had to admit to myself that I don't possess the skills (yet!) to accomplish something that requires this level of artistry. (I'm not sure I ever will, to be honest!) Then I watched a YouTube video by Gabrielle Pollaco, which turned out to be the perfect method for altering my journal cover! Here's a link to it:


Mine is a simplified version of this project. I used die-cut pieces (left over from my stencil cutting with my Cameo) and some texturing with Polyfilla, but I was quite impressed with the results nevertheless. I first gessoed the cover, stuck down some die-cut pieces in various patterns, added some texture paste (DIY polyfilla) through a stencil, added another layer of gesso, sprayed it with some Dylusions inks (London Blue and Vibrant Turquoise) and rubbed some bronze gilding wax on top when it was dry. As a last step, I sealed it with a cheap hair spray, so it wouldn't smear. It was a very quick and easy project and I'm loving the results!

Here are some close-up shots of my altered journal cover to show the texture. Thank you for visiting my blog! I always visit every single desk hopper who leaves a comment!