Blooming

A friend saw my Word of the Year painting and asked me to make a journal with that design.

My word and goals for 2016

My word and goals for 2016

It had never occured to me to put mixed media paintings on small leather journals. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I did NOT want to print out a copy of the painting and glue it over the journal’s beautiful leather cover.  I would have to create something inspired by the design, but entirely new and painted directly on the notebook’s cover.

Since the painting features some stenciled elements as well as drawn detail, I decided to try that with the notebook.  I used multi-surface craft paint since it is so durable.  I carry my decorated journal in my purse and the craft paint has never chipped, flaked or budged.  And the jewels that were attached with the craft paint have also stayed on.  That stuff is tenacious!

I made smaller versions of the 5-petal flower stencil and used a similar golden color.  Since the notebook is about half the size of the painting, I could not use the original stencils — the balance would have been off.  So I used a flower border stencil that I found at Michael’s.  I added in some jewels and also used henna techniques with the paint in a henna cone for textural variety.

Notebook cover inspired by my Word of the Year painting.

Notebook cover inspired by my Word of the Year painting.

I am really happy with how this project turned out and am eager for the next challenge!

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