Monday, June 4, 2012

The Start of the ART Journal! Take the Journey with me!

Several peeps have been wondering what artful things I planned to do with all of those maps I scored last week. Check blog post at my other blog Here.

 So I decided to show you one of them.

I gathered most of the supplies that I knew I'd probably need in one vintage strawberry basket.  So cute!

In my basket is lots of Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Sray inks, Glimmer mist, paint dabbers, Cut n dry foam, glossy accents, gloves, scissors, etc.

Here is a book that I picked up at a thrift store during the week as well. $.69.  WOW!  Perfect for Art journaling!

So first since I didn't like the existing cover I sprayed a combination of what ever color inks I wanted.  Dried it with my embossing gun, reapeated until I got my desired background.

Hard to believe that this is the same book as the yellowish one above right?

Now for Glossy Accents, a piece of cut n dry foam and my vintage Map. 

This map was from 1970. Interstate 10 was still under construction. WOW.

Squirt glossy accents all over cover, then spread evenly with your cut n dry foam.

Apply your map, press down so that it makes good contact, tear edges and let dry.

Once dry, start in different areas and pull away pieces and leaving pieces.

Then spray ink proccess again. Colors of your choice of course.

Wipe/dab off and repeat with different colors if desired.

Then you will end up with this.

Now you can spray a clear, texture spray called Goosebumps and let dry.

Once dry, Take any color ink pad that you want, (I used Staze On Saddle brown and Timber Brown) and rub direct to cover all over the cover.  What happens here is the ink pad sticks to the texture spray and creates an aged pattern.

Once that is done, I took a black glimmer mist spray ink and sprayed all over cover and let sit for literally about 10 seconds, then wipped off.

And now you have your finished product which I love and is exactly the look I was going for.  It's hard to see the map in the photo because it is darker but in person it shows up better.

All the photos below are the start of the inside pages that are all done with Dylusions spray inks.

This one I added dots with a white paint dabber then went over it with my inked up paper towel.

Don't worry, when I'm done you won't see any words!

and just to show you here is what the pages look like before I start with color.

Art Journal to be continued...... 

So get out there and grab an old book for a few cents and get Inky!

I can't wait to see what you create.

Check back in a few days for a continuation of the art journal.

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  1. I LOVE it! Aren't Dy's inks just the best? I'm hoping to go to her Art For The Heart in Harrogate, when I am over in UK this summer. Hopefully will take a class with her or Kate Crane or Kaz Hall. I've been a fan of the three of them for almost as long as I have enjoyed Tim's creativity:)

    Keep up the interesting blog! xxxxx

  2. Thanks so much Lorraine....and YES I love Dyan and her Inks! She is amazing and funny too. I'd love to travel abroad and visit her shop and take some classes. If you go take lots of pics for me. Hugs!

  3. Wow this is such a cool project! I'm a new blog follower from a blog hop, it would be great if you stopped on by and followed me at

    1. I have been SO enjoying your creative journey - thanks for sharing with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

      I am now following you on Linky Followers & GFC!

      Have a wonderful week!

      Create With Joy

  4. Thanks for all of the sweet comments and to all of the followers!