Monday, 13 July 2015

Journal Queen by Astrid

Hello lovely visitors and thanks for dropping by here!! Astrid here today to share a project with you.

Like many of us, I love art journalling and my project  is one day going to become the cover of a journal.....

I used two different Mixed Media Grey Board Blanks. The base is the Door Shaped Grey Board, - the inner layer is an Arch Shaped Grey Board.

I started with the outer layer:

I added a thinnish layer of decoart texture past around the edges and while still wet, stamped into it with a text stamp. I then covered it with a thick layer of decoart black gesso.

As you can see, the text is not particularly clear but it does add extra texture.

Next colour was added with various decoart acrylic paints, I kept changing my mind but in the end landed up with a patina colour the match the paper I wanted to use as the background to my arch shape.

Here you can see how the colour helps to bring out the texture a bit more.

The arch shaped panel was created with the help of stamps, paints, a vintage photo and some scraps of a paper serviette.

The word Journal was added, from the Olde English Create your Own Word  MDF Wood Font
And finally I finished it by adding three of the Art Deco Ornament Wood Shapes, I used Style 6, but there are many different styles available.

I am going to use another arch shape as the template for my journal pages and another door shape for the back cover, and will probably show you those at some point on my own blog.

Meanwhile thank you for visiting today and see you next time!

Have a creative week


  1. Beautiful journal cover Astrid. I love the effect you achieved with the black gesso, text stamp and patina paint on the background.

  2. Wonderful journal cover Astrid. Love the techniques you have used on this one. Hugs Rita xxxxx

  3. Outstanding work you´ve done here once again hun. Love the use of the black gesso too, it gives an awesome effect. The final project is just amazing as everything you ever do.

  4. Astrid! I knew this was yours the moment I saw it!! You distinctive style is so beautiful and romantic- I love this!! Well done!! xo

  5. Wow Astrid, just gorgeous! I love how you created the texture around the outside, so simple and effective! Amazing colour, has sort of a patina appearance to it! Stunning. hugs :)

  6. Beautiful Astrid, I love how you used the black gesso and the colours you added certainly do give it a patina look. The lady image is wonderful and I love the Olde English font word, the warm colour really suits the gorgeous background you created. Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Always something wonderful for my eyes to feast on! Love that gorgeous texture and the bits of script showing through! The fine flourish over the silver is stunning! Love it all!

  8. Beautiful Astrid, love the texture and the wonderful patina colour you achieved!

  9. Wow.. this is amazing! What a wonderful make!

  10. Astrid your frame looks fabulous. Love the texture you created with that techniqu stamping in wet texture paste. Incredible result !!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely art.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  11. A gorgeous Journal cover Astrid, great details completed perfectly with the addition of the craft them

    Sending you my best wishes
    Annie x

  12. Beautiful, Astrid!! All of that texture is scrumptious! XOXO-Shari

  13. Wow there is some OMG texture on this beauty! I love that background piece, so inspiring, thank you xx

  14. Sumptuous texture and the overall feel of this journal cover works to perfection with the image of the female. A beautiful project to say the least.

  15. What fantastic texture - love the stamping into the paste - beautiful and inspirational as always, Astrid!
    Alison xx

  16. Fantastic shape for a journal, Astrid, and I too love the amazing texture you created.
    The text and ornaments in wood, looks lovely on the bluish background with the fair lady !!
    Dorthe, xoxo