The kids are going back to school and are excited about all their new school supplies. One of the first things that I had to do when I went back to school was to wrap all of my books with a brown paper bag to protect the cover. That got me to thinking about my journals that had boring covers. Here is a fun way to cover your journals in original art work!
- Cold press watercolor paper 22” x 30”, 90 -140 lbs.
- White gesso, medium body – ProArt Gesso – www.olearypaint.com or Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso – www.rangerink.com
- Chalk or acrylic paint in two or three of your favorite colors
- Ranger Adirondack dye re-inkers (not alcohol ink). Chose colors that compliment the paint. These re-inkers have been discontinued, but you can find them on eBay.
- Flat paint brush in 1” or 2”. Read my previous post on favorite brushes, Art Supplies That Spark Joy.
- Stencils with bold pattern. Check out StencilGirl stencils for a great selection – www.stencilgirl.com
- Craft mat to mix gesso and paint or small cups. The best mat out there is my opinion is the Heidi Swapp silicone craft mat – www.heidiswapp.com
- Offset palette knife
- Cup of water for paint brush
- Pan of water large enough to soak stencils
- Baby wipes
- Paper towel or rag
- PVA glue – Books by Hand – www.booksbyhand.com
- T Square – available at Blick’s – www.dickblick.com
- Exacto knife – Fiskers Soft Grip Detail Knife – www.amazon.com or www.target.com
- Self-healing mat – Dahle Vantage self-healing cutting mat – www.amazon.com
- Large binder or artist clips
- Luster Rub-ons – www.craft-tproducts.com
- Mushroom brush
- “The Masters” Brush Cleaner and Preserver – available at Blick’s – www.dickblick.com
- Mix each paint color separately with gesso and brush the watercolor paper with a thin coat of the mixture. Allow to dry.
- Lightly rub re-inker over painted surface in a random pattern.
- Use palette knife and randomly stencil the paper with the colored gesso. Use white gesso on the stencils for contrast. Allow to dry.
- Once the stenciled areas are dry add additional re-inker or Luster Rub-ons for contrast.
- Allow to dry.
- Measure journal and cut watercolor paper large enough to roll the paper over the edge of the book by at least 1/4” – 3/4”.
- Use PVA glue to adhere paper to cover. Clip edges with binder clips to hold in place until dry.
- It is a good idea to have separate brushes for acrylic and watercolor paints as the acrylics are much harder on the brush.
- Place brush, palette knife and stencils in water immediately after use. Dried gesso is almost impossible to remove, but Krud Kutter – www.lowes.com will also do the trick.
- A mushroom brush is a great tool to use to clean the stencils. It is not abrasive and won’t tear the stencil.
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