Making Art Journals with Children

It’s a given that when my granddaughters come for a stay over we make some kind of art.  This time we made Art journals, or they can just be used as a notebook (the paper inside is lined).  It begins with inexpensive notebooks you can find at the dollar store.  These were 50 cents apiece, but last week I saw the same ones on sale for 10 cents!   So you can stock up on these for future projects if you want.

Below is a list of the steps in the process:

  • Paint white gesso on each cover.  Allow to dry.
  • Choose three colors of acrylic paint for each cover.  Put four or five DROPS of paint on the cover (less is more here).   Then, using an old credit card, move the paint colors around until the cover is covered with paint.  Try not to mix the paint too much, because you want the individual colors to show, rather than one mixed color.  Allow to dry.
  • Gather some favorite foam stamps (Michaels, Joanns, Walmart).  Using a Crayola black marker,  color on the foam stamp, and stamp anywhere on the cover you wish.   Use several different stamps if you want.  (Do not use a Sharpie or any permanent marker).
  • Use some acrylic paint (we used white, and some neon pink, green, purple, etc.) and brush some paint on some bubble wrap.  Gently stamp designs on the cover with the bubble wrap.  I also used some homemade cardboard stamps I had on hand.  Use anything you have that will make a mark.   It’s ok to stamp over your Crayola marker designs.   When you are pleased with your cover, allow it to dry.
  • On any paper you have, create a drawing and color it (or don’t color it).   Using Elmer’s glue or mat medium, place your drawing somewhere on the cover and adhere it well.   This makes the journal unique to you.
  • Our last step was to take some decorative paper trim (from the scrapbooking section of Michael’s) and glued it on the left side of the cover for a finished look.  This step is optional.
  • Once the cover is dry, spray it with Acrylic gloss clear spray OUTSIDE.  Allow to dry.

I got this idea from a you tube video I once watched, can’t remember.  However, I had already been doing this type of thing in my art studio.

 

 

 

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