Because you apparently can't have enough art journals (um, I'm at around five or six...) I started another one. I picked up a Canson multi-media book - a large one. This one was for OWSE's art journal club.
Robyn gave us a challenge back in August before we left for England to do something with dimension for the cover - modeling paste, bead gel, etc.
After a bit of thought (and several weeks), I had a plan. I first put down a layer of gesso on the cover. Once it was dry I picked up one of my favorite stencils and my modeling paste. Using a palette knife, I spread the paste over the stencil. I didn't smooth it out, I liked the texture I was getting.
After letting it dry overnight, I grabbed the two reinkers from Jenni Bowlin (thanks again - you guys rock!) and decided to just make drops on the cover. I used a mini mister to spray the drops and I loved how the ink moved. The colors are Speckled Egg and Weather Vane.
I found that trying to blot some of liquid took away the color, so I added more ink and a bit more water. And then some Frayed Burlap distress ink reinker. Then I dried it with my heat gun.
After drying the ink, I grabbed some Liquitex and FW inks, lightly applying them inside circles then using my fingers to move the ink around. Once that was dry, I lightly went over the circles with distress ink to accentuate all the texture then dry brushed over that with a bit of Golden's Transparent Red Iron Oxide. Next, I used a bit of Jenni Bowlin's Speckled Egg paint dauber around the outside of the cover.
Then - on to a bit of decorating. I grabbed a couple stamps from Red Lead Paperworks (bird themed) and decided to stamp inside some of the circles with archival ink. I placed the mask back over the cover, then used sticky notes to mask off the surrounding areas.
A bit more paint with punchinella around the edges, a bit more stamping....