Creates A Travel Journal For A Special Gift This Holiday Season
Hello to all, this is Candy Rosenberg and I am happy to pop in and guest blog today for Lisa Marie Jimenez. I had the opportunity to use her Colorique brand ink and am addicted now. No metal piece on my desk and in my stash will ever be safe again. It is so vibrant and easy to use and dries quickly.
Although I create on a regular basis, I seldom get the chance to make something substantial as a gift for someone else, especially around Christmas time. Life is just too busy. However, this year I was inspired by Colorbox® ColoriQue inks and UPaint’s metal hot air balloon to create a travel journal for a fellow travel enthusiast. She is going to be VERY surprised (she is not online and unable to see this) and I cannot wait to give it to her.
Products used in this project:
ClearSnap Colorbox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Verdigris, Avacado and Black Diamond
UPaint: Hot Air Balloon
Vintage Hard Cover Book
Vintage Clothes Pattern
Canvas Corp Brands- Burlap
Prima Gel Medium & Flowers
Beacon Adhesives Fast Finish Decoupage
Gears by Candy Rosenberg, A Vintage Girl
This project starts with an old book, yellowed pages are great but not too brittle as the pages inside will need to stand up to gesso, paint and adhesive. We will be creating a dimensional, vintage steampunk inspired cover for the book
So let’s get started with transforming the hot air balloon first.
Start adding the Colorique colors to one section at a time. Heat set and sand the area to get a distressed look.
Keep going until you have all the color on the metal that you want.
I am using a vintage book and some old patterns to create the base texture of the cover
To create the cover, I used Beacon Adhesives Fast Finish Decoupage. It is a clear liquid making it so easy to use with the pattern as it soaks in.
Once the pattern has dried, paint it with your choice of color. Although this is a bit of a steampunk look, I went with blues and greens just to give it a brighter look. Once the paint dries then using Prima 3D Matte Gel and a Chevron stencil I added more dimension to the cover. Let thoroughly dry on its own.
This is the final result of the stencil Gel Medium.
On the inside of the book, glue together 10 pages at a time to create 1 page, cover in gesso and allow to dry. This will take days to do while drying in between but worth it. Once it is dry you can paint, write, collage your travel stories into the book.
I hope you try to make a journal yourself, it is so easy and there are unlimited vintage books that need to be repurposed and gifted. Thank you for stopping by, please visit my blog at www.AVintageGirl.com for more inspiration.