I never finished any art journal in my life- but I did a lot of covers from this very cheap and great Canson mini albums (cost of about 4$ for this heavy weight 20 pages of fantastic white cardstock inside and a great binding very easy to take of and the textured cover- I am just so sorry I bought 3 only.. And they are all gone as this was a discount store)
So this is another new cover and I hope to begin with the inner pages some day .
I did some clear ink stamping, heat embossing, inking resist technique, stamping all over, collaging, lace pleating and working on this Tando creative floral corner chipboard..
Anyway it can't be " working"- it was mostly trying to do something with an unknown result
Fists I added some gesso, than inked with a distress ink and it was a great brownish mute color..
But then I decided to add some 3d glue over it and the mute color became the shining red..
Who need this red on this vintage cover? So I added some beads as I thought it will help to deminish this red.. No chance.. I tryed to use some alcohol inks- brown and green as this became the hard epoxy surface.. Nothing.. Still bright red.. So I painted it with white dey brush here and there..Still damn red
As a last step- before it goes to the trash- I added some distress stickles- and here it is.. Not so red anymore, mixed media vintage look.. A bit of a mess- but doesn't mixed media is all about a mess?
As a final touch I added some fibers. ribbons, Tim Holtz key, pin, clock and a charm and made a title with 3 fonts and I am really happy with a result.
So don't afraid to do some crazy chipboard covering- maximum it will go to the trash (O, no,
this one is for my Tando DT job- and I am not going to get new ones for a few month..)