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« on: November 01, 2012 10:56:11 AM »

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Mini Mixed Media Journals - featuring Elmer's products

I love all the mixed media altered journaling that's out there right now. I thought I might make myself a couple of little books with prepared paper that I could doodle in when the fancy struck. No need to wait for paint to dry, I can jump right in!



For this project I used the following materials...

  • CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner
  • Elmer's Painters - Neon
  • X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife
  • X-ACTO Corner Rounder Punch
  • X-ACTO Self-Healing Cutting Mat
  • Pages from discarded old books
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • A stapler
  • Paintbrush
  • Water

I like to use old paper in my work. Old paper is quite different than modern paper. It generally has a higher cotton content, absorbs pigments better and is more durable. Sometimes old paper can be quite brittle, but often it can be crinkled, folded, squeezed with nary a tear. It's great fun to work with!

For this project I began by saturating an old page with some water.



I let the water absorb for a few moments and then started to dab the page with the Elmer's Painters acrylic paint markers.



I added more layers of paint and water.



Using a cloth I dabbed at the painted areas.  I also smudged, rubbed, squished, folded and even crumpled some pages.



I did a fair bit of experimenting with the Elmer's Painters. If you shake them up and down, they will not leak BUT by quickly and firmly flicking them I managed to get a bit of a splatter on the page. I also tried dipping the tips in water, then dabbing on the page, the paint bled and spread much more than when I simply applied directly to the page. I continued to work and experiment until the desired effect was achieved.



I'm pretty impatient so I like to iron my pages dry. Ironing any pages that you crumpled up has the added bonus of giving a nifty textured effect.



Next, I trimmed up my pages to the desired size using the X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife and the Self-Healing Cutting Mat. When it comes to cutting straight clean lines, nothing beats a good sharp X-ACTO blade and steel ruler. Be sure to do your cutting on a self-healing mat. They're really useful and will save your work surface a lot of potential damage. The X-ACTO mat is great because the inch and half inch lines are clearly marked with different line weights.



For these books I simply used a folded piece of thick, double-sided scrapbooking paper for the covers and stapled the edge.



To finish them off, I used the Corner Rounder Punch. I know it's a small thing but I think the rounded corners add a nice little touch. Finally, using the CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner I affixed a small mixed media twinchie and ATC to the covers.



Ta da! Now to pop them in my purse and start doodling with some CraftBond Gel Pens  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012 11:01:58 AM »

Wow, I really love the color blending the paint markers create.  I want to try these (adding to my own Christmas stocking Cheesy).
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012 12:28:26 PM »

Wonderful journals, and I too am impressed with the markers. They seem very versatile. Very cute how you have the male dancer on the one woman's hat! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012 01:10:29 PM »

I just love these. I'm definitely going to play with my markers more and try this technique.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012 01:19:15 PM »

These would make great favors or stocking stuffers.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012 01:53:22 PM »

I love seeing all the papercrafter techniques! Too cool!
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2012 02:29:36 PM »

I've been wanting to get into book binding and this seems like a great way to start!! I like the blending technique you did with the paints.
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012 02:50:05 PM »

That's a really great technique, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2012 05:21:53 PM »

I love the textured effect of ironing the crinkled paper.  And I am seriously coveting the corner rounder.
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2012 12:00:59 AM »

These are fantastic!  I need to have one in every random bag I carry around...
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