Some time ago I started my first Art Journal. I haven't got very far, just a few pages, but I'm doing it for me and so am happy to dabble when the mood takes me. This weekend I decided it was time to do something with the front cover - this may have something to do with the little tax rebate I had recently and the new Tim Holtz stamps I ordered as a result, one of which I new immediately was perfect journal front cover material.
I had a bit of an idea about what I wanted to do and started by grabbing the stamps (Hero Arts, Artistic Stamper and Tim Holtz) that I wanted to use, after that it was a case of making it up as I went along and inking, stamping, spritzing and splodging til I was happy.
The sentiment is stamped on sticky back canvas which I first painted with acrylic paints. I frayed the edges, added some stitching and stuck it to a piece of card which I had coloured with distress inks to match the background. This meant I could attach it to the cover with silicone glue to raise it slightly. The strip of black lace is meaningful - it may sound silly but it's from a top (long since retired), I bought on a retail therapy trip following a difficult time in my life and it makes me think of that particular period and how far I've come.
The flower and Butterfly I made from molding paste which I spread over an inked stamp and left to dry.
The heart charm is just hung on a little ribbon (stuck with that fab red tape) and is all about my journal being for me and a place to pat myself on the back or work out muddles to give myself some TLC.
I'm sharing my Journal cover here -
Well, I'm off to bed now to get some sleep in ready for the week ahead! Thanks for visiting - Esther xx