Sunday, 22 April 2012

Journaling in the rain

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


  1. This is such a beautiful journal cover Esther, I love all the elements and how you've put them together. Lovely sentiment and colour combination.
    xxx Hazel.

  2. Loving your beautiful cover with its fab colours. Annette x

  3. Esther...this is just amazing. Love all the bits n pieces you have assembled. It's been almost 12 months since my last journal page...maybe I should get mine out again. Suzanne x

  4. A wonderful journal cover Ester. I love the colours and the way you have brought all the elements together so beautifully. Jean x

  5. A gorgeous piece of artwork! Good luck and thank you for joining us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge!
    Emma xx

  6. Very beautiful, one of my fav quotes. I haven't even used my stamp yet I'm saving it for that special piece.

  7. HI Esther - how are you?
    I just love this journal cover, such inspiration and I must have a go at the moulding paste technique.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  8. Hi Esther am back again as didn't realise you had enter this beautiful cover into the Happy Daze Challenge. Good Luck, Annette x

  9. Thank you Esther for joining us at Papertake Weekly with this gorgeous creation!

  10. I love your journal cover Esther, it's even better because it's for you!! The flowers and butterfly made by your own fair hand are brill, what gorgeous colour! I'm well thank you for asking :0) Gay xx

  11. Hi Esther this is a real beauty. I love your gorgeous colour scheme, and beautifully stamped fabric, thanks for joining in the Happy Daze challenge. xx

  12. Oh wow! I love this Esther! The colours are stunning together, as are the images. A very beautiful journal cover.

    Maria x

  13. With the weather we have had today this is most apt! It is also stunning terrific cover for your journal and a nice thing to do just for yourself. XOXO Zoe


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