Hi everyone and welcome. So you know what it's like, we all browse through online galleries, Pinterest, Instagram and the like looking at the ideas. Recently I've spotted some fantastic junk journals and thought it could be fun to create on surfaces that would otherwise end up in the recycling bag. First though I needed the covers to hold the results of future playtime adventures...
Simple thick cardboard square bases are easily transformed with texture paste, card and paint. I used both the Coarse and Fine versions of paste, with the latter used through the Texture Stencil. A coat of white Gee-Sso Good gesso evened out the paste and card shapes before painting.
I used dilute Hot Cocoa, Burning Bonfire, Postbox Red, Vodka Martini and Townhouse Teal English Cottage Artist's Acrylic paints to dribble, run and paint the layers. Then the edges were given a border of black Gee-Sso Good gesso and I stamped the words from the new A5 Chemistry Lab stamp set. The stamped pen nibs on the reverse are from the A5 Take The Time stamp set. A coat of matte Slap It On protected the newly altered surfaces ready now for the inclusion of lots of fun pages.
I hope this has given you some ideas for decorating journal covers of your own.
For now take care of yourselves,