Monday, March 12, 2012

A Cover for my ART JOURNAL!!! Finally

I have to be really honest and tell you that when I was going all of the TIM tags I skipped over this one… as I didn’t really like the background with alcohol… but now that I am really into the alcohol… inks that is… (LOL )  I thought it would be fun… so I tried it… and I have to say that I loved it…  I love the effect that it gives…  I also have to tell you that I now have quite a stash of plaid papers… which I generally don’t use in my work… but I do love this… 

Really LOVE IT… 

Okay.. so I started off making my plaid paper… PLAID… with all capital letters… it was really easy and I loved some of the color mixtures I was able to get… you will see more as time passes on… 

This I have to say was my favorite… as I love the citrus and the pool and with the black… wow… popped plus..  LOVE IT… I am singing happy... in fact doing the happy dance…. 

Okay.. so I now have this nice stash of plaid papers and have to find a place to put them… if I put them AWAY… I will never use them… so I have to find a good place for them… not like my fun foam that I can not find at all in this whole studio…  what a mystery… a huge stack of it too… oh well.. life does go on without fun foam… 

Then I decided that I needed a background for this plaid… I still didn’t know what I was going to put this on… finally I realized that my Art Journal didn’t have a cover and it really needed one… so I tore a piece of paper to fit that… and then went to town on that with mini mister and perfect pearls… (Sunday Stamper  challenge… use amister… of some kind…  I did… I usedquite a few on this piece…)  and used my craft work sheet and sprayed and rubbed the paper into the inks and glimmers… Oh it was so pretty…  I then used some of my new stencils and choose the harlequin one with a thick mixture of color wash and perfect pearls… nice and thick… and made the harlequins jump… and then used my NEW liquid pearls… which I love the new bright colors of these… have you seen them… yikes they are wonderfully bright and ALIVE!!!  

I also made a very thick ink using my color wash and some perfect pearls for the edges of the background paper… and used my blending tool to go around the edges with the color… it is really very very dark and rich in real life..  I love the color… 

I outlined some of the diamonds… and then put dots of black diamond and peacock in the center of some too…

I had to put it all aside to allow it to dry… bummer… I love working right on thru… oh well… I can work on the tag section a little now… I used my archival black and stamped the bird cage from one of Tim’s stamps… and then used the crackle from a Christmas stamp set of his… love this crackle … I put that aside to dry and created my bird’s nest with another stamp… and then added the little girl waiting in the nest with the bird… (from my new stamp set from Dylusions…  A new line by Dyan… love these birds.. they are my favorite birds…  I love the crows…. Year round… not just a fall bird you know…  they were screaming in my front yard this morning… asking Mr. Sun to come out and play… but he didn’t… I keep on getting off the subject… but I am back I think… okay… I touched the Liquid Pearls and they are dry… so I glued the back ground onto my journal… and then the tag section… now for the embellishments…  the fun part to me… (actually it is all fun…  )  

I got some hemp twine and wrapped that around the book and tied in a knot…  then added a hanger with the ARTFUL   Philosophy Tag on it…  put a bird on the line… and added the nest over it all…  a bird and flower at the top… and a little corner on it and I was done… I have to say that I LOVE THIS… it is so perfect for my Art Journal… as it is ME… 

Okay… this is also for a few other Challenges that I haven’t mentioned…  Simon Says Stamp and Showchallenge this week is ANY THING GOES… 

And on Grungy Monday… Linda thanks again for pushing me to do this technique… I love it…  and will put it into my technique book… a really nice one at that… We had to use a technique that Tim used in 2009 on the 3rd tag of the season... 

So there you have my three challenges for the week that I do… all in one project… I have a lot of things that require me away from my blog as much as I like to be… but I will be posting some things that I have made during the past couple of weeks… so please come on back for another visit… thanks so much for stopping in today… and hope that you have a wonderful day in all ways…

Love, Light and Peace….Bonnie 


  1. This is so cool and pretty at the same time! Love it! :)

  2. What a great creation. Like you I was not sure about this technique but just love it now that I tried it. :)

  3. This is great! Love the colors and all the action and the plaid is just perfect here. What did you do to the Artful Tag to get it to look so cool?

  4. Beautiful art journal cover! Love your colors and design!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Candy

  5. Great cover, Bonnie. That black birdcage really stands out on your plaid tag and I love all the embossing on the diamonds.

  6. I like your cover, yes I find myself covering notepads with some paper or supplies that I just had to have but I had no plan for... it's fun !

  7. Wow - your journal cover is stunning!

  8. OMW Bonnie....what a WONDERFUL home for you Plaid paper....bring the whole cover together!!

    THANKS BUNCHES for playing along with this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  9. Lovely journal cover ;)
    xoxo Sioux

  10. GORGEOUS art Bonnie, one of my fave Alcohol things too... apart from drinking it that is rofl Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  11. Fun and beautiful! Great job!

  12. Bonnie, I really love your style, I like your creativeness. Your creations are very inspiring. Makes me want to get back into my craft room. Michelle x