Thursday, 4 July 2013

Journal Cover inspired by Sue at Paper Artsy

Over at Paper Artsy this week Sue Carrington has presented some beautiful projects and shared some fabulous techniques. Do pop over HERE and you will be inspired!  Being a true magpie, I'm always on the look-out for new techniques to treasure - and Sue has certainly provided them. Because our kitchen is still only a quarter done and it looks like it's going to be the end of the month before work can be resumed on it, I'm still struggling to find time and room to craft. I would love to have played along with all three of Sue's projects, but instead I combined some of her techniques in one project. Please click on the images if you would like a more detailed view.
The journal I'm working in at the moment has a canvas cover that can be decorated so I decided to use some of Sue's wonderful ideas and adapt them to this.
I had already painted the cover with Frescos in Bora Bora, South Pacific, Zesty Zing and Blood Orange so I had my background. Maybe in the future I'll try out the effect of running colours down the surface. Sue had used the inner frame from one of those photo frames where you can display a collection of your favourite pictures. I didn't have one of these, but what I did have was the chipboard left behind after die-cutting two shapes. I painted this with Snowflake and then blended Distress Inks in Broken China and Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain onto it. I also tried out 'tie-dying' some fabric with Frescos and stamping images from Paper Artsy Vintage and Buttons plates on this.
I also stencilled Grunge Paste through a harlequin stencil onto the background and painted and distressed an oval shape I had die-cut from chip-board.
I edged my frames with a little Treasure Gold, painted the diamonds with Frescos in Guacamole, South Pacific and Blood Orange and die-cut some Tim Holtz embellishments painted them with French Roast, Crackle Glazed and then went over with Bora Bora. I stamped some script over my background with Coffee Archival ink and then added layers of book text, painted and distressed in the same way as Sue had done on her second project. I added buttons, painted and stamped with script and a TH tattered pine cone rose, painted with Bora Bora and Blood Orange.

For the finishing touch I added some golden wings and the title of my journal 'Words', as this is the journal in which I play along with the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge.
Thank you, Sue for some great new ideas: stamping on tie-dye type fabric, using a chipboard frame and my favourite - the layers of curled book pages.


  1. Gorgeous cover!! I love the frames & the coloured stencilling looks great.

  2. Beautiful cover. I love the texture and the flashes of contrasting color.

  3. Stunning work, Love all that fabulous texture & colours.. Beautiful design...the images are perfect... Hugs May x x

  4. Just trying to catch up on some blogs, before getting up for the last day of my first week in the new job, lol!! This looks fantastic, Julie Ann!! I hope your month without a proper kitchen flies by (I fear it may drag.... lol!)

  5. This is stunning Julie Ann! I love the brightness of the red against that beautiful blue!
    Alison xx

  6. Fantastic project, lots of good ideas, for example, the multi-coloured harlequin motif, the frames, and like you, I love how the curled bits of papers do so much for the grungy look!

  7. Wow what a fab cover

    Sam xxx

  8. TWEET,TWEET,TWEET,it is GORGEOUS,you have used Sues tech, but with all your own style and flair my dear, I loooove it, the colors are beautiful, love the texture, the crackle, the text,looove the torn pages painted up, the buttons looks fabulous painted and script, look how creative to use the leftover to make a fabulous frame with those lovely images inside. You know I love the Alpha/Dictionary Challenge so I'll be looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations..
    I still love to cook if it is for someone or thing ( like a part etc.) but I don't do much for myself nope sadly live on sandwiches, omelets, LOL. Thanks for sharing your wonderful art, have a wonderful weekend. By they way you just keep crafting on fabulously in your limited space...Big hugs..

  9. Stunning cover for your journal book
    Janet x

  10. A great combination - really beautiful!

  11. I left a comment earlier but I don't think it saved! I love this! Loved the 'Harlequin' colours of the harlequin stencil and the die cut negative. A very artistic piece. I love your work,

    Lucy x

  12. This is a really inspired and beautiful interpretation, Julie!

  13. So happy I followed Dianne's link to come and visit - lots of amazing projects here, and I've joined up as your newest follower so I don't miss any more!
    This is a fabulous book cover - wonderful take on Sue's inspiration.
    Alison x


Due to high level of spam recently I have enabled comment moderation on this blog, so any comments will be moderated before appearing on the blog.