Let’s Get This Journal Started!

This time of year it seems like there’s always something new to start; New diet or workouts, new goals, new semesters.  But, for me I’m starting a new art journal that I just altered from an old book.
First art journal page in new altered book by Carmen Whitehead Designs

This is the book I altered and shared with you yesterday.   You can see that tutorial here.

First art journal page in new altered book by Carmen Whitehead Designs
The inside cover has a wonderful pattern that I wanted to some how still see under the layers of paint I planned to use.
First art journal page in new altered book by Carmen Whitehead Designs
I started off my adding layers of gesso and paint with my palette knife.  That’s really become my favorite method of applying medium.  I then used ArtistCellar’s Balzer Designs stencil in Mixed Up Alphabet, Fibo from the Quasi Crystals set.
First art journal page in new altered book by Carmen Whitehead Designs
I added some flowers with Tamara LaPortes wonderful Whimsy Series stencil and Americana acrylic paints.
New art journal page in altered book by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Once dry, I added this wonderful little girl fairy and placed her sitting right on top of the flowers.  I detailed this page some more with my favorite Fude Ball pen and General’s charcoal pencil.

New art journal page in altered book by Carmen Whitehead Designs

On the opposite page I adhered a tag I had made last year and I thought it would be perfect here.

New art journal page in altered book by Carmen Whitehead Designs
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New art journal page in altered book by Carmen Whitehead Designs

So there it is, my first page layout in this journal, what do you think?  You can still see the lines on the original page underneath, which is what I wanted.  I love the busyness of this fairy garden and all the patterns.

My next step for this journal is taking out excess pages and adhering the remaining ones so they will be more sturdy.

Thanks so much for visiting and come back soon!

Blessings,

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14 thoughts on “Let’s Get This Journal Started!

  1. CraftyHope says:

    I think it looks fab! I just hopped over here and haven’t seen how you altered the cover yet, so I’m looking forward to that. I’ve also been contemplating doing an altered book journal. Thanks for the eye candy!

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