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Handmade Journals: Ancient Earth Journal

teacher avatar Linda Matthews, Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist

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7 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Painting the Journal Pages

    • 3. Finishing the Journal Pages

    • 4. Making the Journal Cover

    • 5. Assembling the Journal

    • 6. Ideas for Embellishing and Using the Journal

    • 7. Journal Flip Through

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Learn how to make an Ancient Earth Journal with blank embellished pages that look worn and aged, and a little rusted around the edges. The pages of this journal are perfect for displaying the rust dyed fabrics and papers that you make in this online class.

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Linda Matthews

Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist


I’m a full time digital and mixed media textile artist, designer and teacher and I love nothing more than sharing what I’ve learned as a way to encourage and inspire the creative spark in others. If you love to tell your story using images and words, visit me at www.www.CreativeArtnSoul.com

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Linda Matthews and in this class I'll be showing you creative techniques for making this ancient earth handmade journal. This journal has a creatively designed fabric cover and blank pages that look worn and aged and a little rusted around the edges. This age defects are easy to achieve using paints and mixed media gels and paste. You can use this journal to display rest dyed fabrics and papers as I've done. Or you could even use it as nature theme journal. If you like the idea of Rothstein your own fabrics and papers, you can find a link to my Ross Stein class listed in the description below. To get you started filling the pages of your journal. I've even included some of my favorite fabric can stitch embellishing ideas. I hope you enjoyed learning these fun and creative techniques for making your own unique ancient earth journal. 2. Painting the Journal Pages: To create pages for your journals that appear to be a bit weathered, aged and grungy is easy using only acrylic paints and texture Jolson mediums. The best type of paper to use for these types of journal pages is mixed media paper. Mixed media paper is quite thick and suitable for light washes of paint. However, when creating rust effects, you're going to be blending different colors and types of paint, as well as adding texture. So adding a lot kind of gesture to the paper will help to strengthen it and prevent the bank from seeping through to the other side. And it will also help to prevent the paper from buckling and becoming distorted. The sod and the size of your journal pages and cut the paper to size. One-channel pages are going to finish at eight inches high BY five inches wide. For this technique along to apply the jess. So using a small pallet knife, you could use a paintbrush to apply the jazz. But by using a palette knife, you can easily create a slightly textured surface, which can't be achieved when using a brush. The texture adds a layer of dimension to the page by making it look a little roughed up. And this will become noticeable when you paint the page with coloured paint. To apply the gesture. Pickup some jazz so along the bottom of the palette knife and lordly skim the knife across the page. You only want a very light code just enough to cover the surface. As you skim the north across the page, the bottom of the knife automatically creates light bumps, sand texture. One suggests so it's dry, do the same on the other side. It shouldn't take very long for the gesture to dry. And you can hurry the process along. Using a heat gun will place the pages outside in the sun or under an overhead fan, which is what I do. Again, you only want to apply a very light code of jet so just enough to cover the surface and seal the paper. Since stride. The texture on the pages using critical placed and stencils and moulding paste. Moulding paste as my preference because CZ to so through by hand or machine. Alternatively, you could use joint compound will think Jesu or thick gel medium. To apply critical paste, use a small pallet knife and apply it to small areas of the page. Is hidden layers will result in small crackles and thick layers will result in large crackles. I'd like to apply critical paste in thin layers and it will take a day or two for the cracks to appear. To make a textured stencil. Position the stencil on the page. And using a small pallet knife, scrape the moulding paste across to design. The texture doesn't have to be all that thick. So scrape away the excess moulding paste. Then carefully peel the stencil away from the page. And be sure to clean your stencil immediately after use. To create variety on your journal pages, physician bits of stencil in different areas of the page. And you don't need to apply stencil to every page, only some of them. Another way to create using moulding paste is to apply sections of rough texture here and there on the page. Using a small pellet noise level, the stencil some texture to fully dry before painting. Once the pages are dry, it's time to begin painting. You'll wonder range of acrylic paint colors such as quantum cream or deep dark brown, such as rhombus. Blue in a turquoise color, or patina blue collar. And rust colours such as quinacridone, Nicole, ISO gold. Then CMA enroll CMA. I prefer to use golden fluid acrylics, but if I don't have the right color, ordinary acrylic craft paint will do. If you haven't already done so it's all the pages in half before you start painting. There are all sorts of different ways that you can create Age stained and distress journal pages that would complement rusts, died papers and fabrics and rusty elements. An easy technique to get started is to make a page that has a light-colored background with the dark outer edge similar to moving yet. Using a one-inch flat paintbrush, pick up two colours on the brush, cream and wide, and paint the page with short random strokes. Using two colours on the paintbrush at the same time is a quick way to blend colors so that the page doesn't look so 1-dimensional or flat. You can do this with any colors and there's no need to blend them too much to achieve a nice effect. Okay. Interesting. Once the paint has dried, you can now add some dark edges using a stencil brush. This is a dry brush effect, and I'm using a half inch stencil brush. So achieves the effect to the end of the brush into a small amount of dark brown paint. Tap it on the pallet paper a few times to remove the excess paint and then loudly brush around the edges of the page. Using a dry brush affect the paint leaves a slightly scratchy appearance on the page. And this is what we want in order to achieve a distress look. If you've never done this technique before, you may want to try it out first on a scrap piece of paper. You want to use a light touch with the crosshatch movement all the way around the edges. Using a dry brush effect is when you start to see the texture on the page appear. Because the paint catches the edges of the texture and highlights. And you can also add some shadows, so dark spots on the page itself using the same technique. And you can add even more interest to the edges by painting on additional Rustin patina colors. Using a small flat paintbrush, water down the colors spirit, which will make them more of a stained than the paint mark. Stop painting loudly and randomly around the edges. You can blend or wipe away the colors by using a baby wipe or dry rag. The secret to this type of painting is to build on a foundation layer by layer, sometimes blending colors and sometimes allowing the colors to dry before adding another layer. Layer. This will add depth and interests to any of your mixed media paintings. Mother? No. To create a rust effect around the edge of the page, you can use a rust mite with Doc Brown acrylic craft paint and a fine grid like fine sand or something similar to this altruistic and busing enamel powder. Mix a bit of the grid with the paint, and then a few random spots around the edge of the page with a small paint brush. The brown textured paint to dry, and then dive on some reddish brown and gold highlights, allowing each layer of paint to dry before painting on the next slide. A thick craft paint is better for this application. Continue to blend the colors until it begins to look like a rust color and texture. To finish the page, you can add some splitters, plateaus at border chore color until it's quite runny. Some of it up on a paintbrush. And then type the paint brush over your finger. Touches with texture might with moulding paste can be traded in a similar way. First paint the background with cream and white paint. You know that the textured areas then apply some shadows around the edges. Go over the textured areas with the same dry brush technique to highlight the texture. Allow the paint to dry, then start adding in Socolow and gross defects around the edges. Once the rest effects or dry, stopped painting lot land randomly around the edges, blending the coulomb, damping, baby wipes or a dry rag. That matters, right? Yeah. Ok. One. It doesn't matter. No. Okay. So now I have two points and one additional one. 3. Finishing the Journal Pages: Once all the pages a painted, it's time to assemble the journal. Adding fabric strips to the pages is optional. However, they help to prevent the pages from tearing and also add another interesting visual element to the page. For each page, cut or tear at least two fabric strips about one inch, two inch and a half wide by the length of the page. To help hold the fabric can position while you so damp some glue, stick down the centerfold of each page and pursue the strips in place, one on either side. Once the fabric strips are positioned. So the monocyte machine, you could use any type of stitched to sew them on. However, I prefer a plane strikes stitch up and down the length of the page. I'll use twine thread to sew the strips in place to turn down the color of the thread. You can then upon some stain using an ink pad. Just also Stein's the fabric, which makes it look a little aged and weathered, as well as plain fabric strips. You can also lie a scraps of fabric longest strips, just to make it look more interesting. 4. Making the Journal Cover: Once you have all your pages assembled, decide how many pages you're going to use per signature, and then assemble the signatures. I have ten double pages and I'm using two pages per signature. This gives me five signatures for the journal with a total of 40 pages. Once you have all the signatures assembled, stack them together and measure across the width. My spine with this to winches, be sewing each signature about 38. The financial part for the cover, cut to pieces of chip board will thick cardboard the same size as your journal pages. My pages are size 18 Chai by five inch wide. Also cut to pieces of cardboard. The width of your spine by about one inch. I've cut mine two inches wide by one inch high. Cut four pieces of fabric for the outside covering the inside lining, one inch longer and one inch wider. Then you journal pages. I've cut my nine inches high by six inches wide. Also cut four pieces of fabric for the spine Sections, three inches longer than one inch wider than the cardboard pieces. This gives enough seam allowance so that they're easier to sew and there can be cut to size up to sowing. I'm using some of my own hand dyed fabric and colors that complement the pages. However, you could use any type of fabric at all for the cover. You'll need to use some glue to attach the fabric to the covers sections so they're easy to, so you could use a liquid glue, but I find it easier to use a spray glue. Apply glue to one side of each of the cardboard sections and position on the fabric whining pieces. If you're using spray glue, felt the same allowance of the fabric Kunda Before you spry so you don't get glue on it. Otherwise it might cause problems when you're sewing. After you apply the glue, press the fabric for the ADA cover onto the cardboard sections. For the spine sections, use a glue stick to attach the fabric pieces. So all the pieces separately. So around the outer edges, close to the edge of the chip board. I like to use a stitch in the ditch machine foot, which helps to God the stitches. If you don't have a stitch in the ditch Ford, you can still so quite easily with a normal machine foot. So slowly so you don't reckon needle and so two or three rows around the outer edge. Use your fingernail to make a decrease in the fabric wrought up against to chip board so you know where to. So once the sewing is done, trim away the excess seam allowance from around the edges of the front and back cover. Ruler into rotary cutter is more accurate, but you can also carried away with the shop pair of citizens. I normally like to leave about 1 eighth of an inch all the way around. If your fabric phrase easily apply some fried check to the edges. Fray check is a liquid glue that will prevent your fabric from frame. Once you apply it, let it dry and it will dry clear. For the spine sections, you could trim away the excess seam allowance along the long edges. But I'm going to follow the Monday and glue them in place using a crop strength glue stick. I'm only going to glue along the length of the cardboard, which will allow the insect fan out when I saw them onto the front and back. Others measure one inch from the top and bottom of the front and back covers along the inside edges and use pins to mock the positions. Use these markers to position the spine sections. Didn't sew them in place along the edges of the front and back covers. Before going any further in searcher signatures into the cover and check that they fit and that everything looks okay. If necessary, like any adjustments now, to make the wraparound section cut two or three lengths of fabric, about three inches wide and long enough to wrap brought around the journal and fold over on the front. I've cut three fabric strips so that they laid out one on top of the ABA. I've cut the first fabric strip, three inches wide by 18 inches long. The second fabric strip, 2.5 inches wide by 17.5 inches long, and the third two inches wide by 17 inches long. By so the rust dyed fabric strips together because they weren't long enough to cut in one piece to keep the strips together. Machines so or hand so rows of straight stitch along the length of the strips. Then so the front edge of the wraparound section to the front cover. After Assad the sections together, I also added some hand stitching around the edges of the front of BAG Kaba. 5. Assembling the Journal: Now it's time to sew the signatures into the cover to make a whole template for the pages. Ten a piece of paper two inches wide by the length of the journal pages and fold it in half lengthwise. My template is eight inches long. Then align the template along the inner edge of the Kaba and mark the position of the holes. One on either side of the spine sections and two whole centered along the wraparound section. Position the template on the inside of one of the signatures. And using a bookbinding all or a large embroidery needle, poke holes through each of the marks. You can attach some paperclips. So bind eclipsed all the pages together. Use some pins, the wraparound section to the covers, and then mark on the inside of the wraparound section the position for the holes. Use the page whole template as a guide and distribute the holes evenly across the width depending on the number of signatures you have. I have five. Length of strong embroidery through to a bookbinding thread, about twice the length of the page and throw it onto a large embroidery needle. Starting on the inside at the top hole. Push the natal through to the outside, leaving about five to six inch thread tail on the inside. Rep. the threat around the top spine section and back to the inside through the next tall through the next hole in the signature, and through the first hole in the wraparound section, Back to the outside, through the hole in the wraparound section and the signature Back to the inside through the next hole in the signature, wrap around the spine section, and back through the next hole to the inside. Hold a threat toward we've been through the stitch threads, then tie off in the same tone. The touch, the remaining signatures in the same way. To finish the cover. So a button and one or two links of ribbon onto the end of the wraparound section. So the ribbon on the underside and the button on the upper side. And the ribbons should be long enough to wrap right around the journal and once or twice around the button or glue arrested object onto tabs and glued them to the cover. 6. Ideas for Embellishing and Using the Journal: Note that the journalists made the pages are ready to be used. With this ancient earth journal. You can use it as a creative book for holding samples of your Rothstein fabrics and papers, which is how I intend to use it. Or you could use it as a type of Nature journal in which you can explore your relationship to nature and Mother Earth as well. With this blank journal, you can come back to it from time to time to fill the pages. However, before setting and decide to be used, I always like to first add some embellishments to the pages. Adding embellishments is a great way to dress up a blank journal and make it look more inviting. The types of embellishment. So I like to add, I usually stitched, such as sewing along the edges of the page and adding small bits of stitched fabric which can be wrapped around the edges of the page. You can even add small champs. Strips of lice can be glued on, and strips of fabric can be stitched on. You can add embellishments to the side edges of the pages or along the top or bottom. This is your journal. So you can do it any way you like. You can use small scripts of lay so fabric which can be stitched all glued. When gluing, uses strong craft glue to make sure that the fabric doesn't fall off. On this journal, I've used some of my rest dyed fabrics and license as well as some hand dyed Fabric scraps. I haven't embellished all the pages, just some of them here and there. You can always come back at a later time and add more. I think that you can never have too many embellishments that fun and easy to add on. And I will make you a stitch journals really stand out. There also the perfect way to use our polar small fabric and lay scraps to make embellishments with Fabric scraps, it CSIA to first so the mantelpiece of terawatts stabilizer and include the stabilizer onto the page. Position the fabric scripts on the stabilizer by adding a bit of glue to hold them in place. And then add the stitches. Unlike to lay a small scripts of fabric, ribbon and lice using contrast in colors and different textures, all stitched together with a few simple hand stitches. Once you've finished sewing, tear or cut away the excess stabilizer before gluing it onto the page. I my goal, my stitched embellishments and stitched collages using this method. One. So I have mentioned I'm using this channel to display my rest dyed fabric samples. But just because they fabric samples doesn't mean that they can't be displayed in a creative way. This piece of fabric was made using washer imprints on my rest tray. And I've overlaid it with some rust died lice held together with a partially rusted safety pin. And this little collage is made using fabric for my rest. Try to get them with a small rusted Washoe which are attached with stitches. On this collage. I lay it some rested, lay some fabric together with my little rested trying. On this collage section. Some rest dyed fabric and lie scraps together with a rusted washer. And so chomp. On this final section, I stitched together several fabric strips. And then there's a circular section of rusted with large rested wash dangling from the top. I hope you enjoyed this thrust Stein workshop, as well as learning how to make your own channel, which can be used to display fabrics and embellishments in a creative way. 7. Journal Flip Through: Also since not one one, I think so.