Did I mention that we're all journaling on this holiday? An intro to journaling for my lovely in-laws (YES, Peter, you are lovely and you are going to journal) of which I will attempt to share, here, as we go along.
I carry Moleskine journals in my shoppe so I had to snatch a few for myself and the fam. Hey, if you're going to journal you may as well use the very best there is, eh?
I went way outside my comfort zone and used a medium that is not a particular favorite: I painted every page with watercolor washes, stains and glitzy spritzes. I'd seen that done in one (or several) of the books I have on journaling. Get the pages ready to journal in, before you go wherever it is you're going. And since it made a heck of a mess, I'm glad I watercolored, stained and glitzy spritzed the book and the kitchen counter top and floor in my kitchen and not my lovely mother-in-law's. (Plus, I really didn't know what I was doing and didn't particularly want an audience while doing it, you know what I mean?)
So the pages were done and turned out pretty well for a color-phobe, I think. I just hope I'm not too chicken to write on them. Baby steps... baby steps...
Then I started on the cover.
I lightly sanded the black vinyl covers (geez, I hope they weren't leather) and then painted with gold Lumiere. After that dried I whipped out the Tim Holtz crackle paint and used it on the front cover. That stuff really works cool. Takes forever to dry but the crackles are very neat.
Once the crackle stuff dried I started adding Pearl Ex using PPA as the medium. Paint paint paint, wipe wipe wipe, paint paint paint. Stuck some of those Grungeboard Elements bits on the cover (Hey, Tim, cool stuff) after I'd painted them with Lumiere, as well.
I will not be afraid to journal in this. I will not be afraid to journal in this. I will not forget it and leave it at home...
I really wanted to move past my comfort zone which is, basically, be afraid of color, be afraid of paint, be afraid of mucking up a Moleskine. I'm pretty excited about my progress thus far.
Close up of the crackled paint:
So, journals all round. Be sure to check back for updates on our journaling adventures. I think Peter's journaling escapades, alone, will be well worth the effort.