Monday, May 24, 2010

scrappy happiness, part two


i had so much fun creating my little orange and yellow scrappy journal, i decided to ride the inspiration wave and go ahead and finish the front and back covers. i tend to keep my artwork on the very simple side (sometimes almost painfully simple!), so i thought i'd keep my color palette to just two tubes of acrylic paints.....my favorite colors being quinacridone gold and quinacridone burnt orange. and boy, oh boy, does the fabriano artistico paper ever take the paint beautifully!


after the paint dried, i distressed the edges using a foam applicator and a "fired brick" distress ink pad.


next, i used a large heart shape that had been punched out of one of the decorative papers with a scalloped-edge paper punch.......and wrote the journal title using a micron pen.....and then punched a smaller heart next to the title. finally, i used a needle to poke small holes around the perimeter of the heart and did some stitching using one strand of cotton embroidery floss.


for the final touches, i glued the heart onto the front cover, used a white uniball signo pen to add some doodling to both covers, and shaded everything with a 4B pencil.


and now that the front and back covers are finished, it's time to add some sparkle to the inside covers.....more on that tomorrow!


28 comments:

MNS said...

Beautiful!!

spencer said...

This is pretty neat!! I like how you posted the steps you took to make this nice journal. Inspiring!

Dolores said...

Wow, I love this. Thank you for showing us your 'work in process.' I have learned quite a bit from just this one little post.

Crystal said...

Holy Moly, Girl!

That is *GORGEOUS* :-)

Have I mentioned that I absolutely love your work????


I DO!!!!

Hugs,
Crystal :-)

Createology said...

Simple, fun and elegant are perfect. I love your covers of your journal. Happy creating...

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

That is awesome, Lori! Love those colors.

I just used my "fired brick" distress ink on a journal page today. Love that color too!

PaperPumpkin said...

It's so wonderful when you post your steps. I love "watching you work." I can't get enough of the creative process of artists. Thanks lori!

wv said...

you make me so happy:
i nearly get scappy!

An Altered Wonderland said...

i love the colors! they work so well together, very happy looking.

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

You have the cleverest way with your graphics! I love yesterday's and today's books with the neat non-white pages inside. Fun, fun and the colors are terrific, too!

Linda Pruitt said...

Not too simple . . . simple is awesome!!

PrairiePeasant said...

Your work always makes me smile! Thanks.

Martha Lever said...

It's just so YOU!! And very wonderful!!!!

Eden said...

I've got to find that white signo pen!!! Love, love, love your journal!!! This is so cool!

sUz said...

ohhh, i want one loRi! i love seeing your process. how amazing is that ink? it really adds depth and richness to projects and you use it so well too :)
sUz :)

Pat said...

Love the colors, I am drawn to those too. THanks for sharing.

Rebel Mel said...

Yay! I am planning on doing one of these this week, too! I haven't been able to figure out my design yet, though.

debi said...

Love it! Thanks for showing the process, I learned alot too! You are such a great artist!

Sandy..... said...

I really like the color choices... I really need to alter the cover of my 2009 daily journal... so you've inspired me~!

Claire M said...

So cool! and what a treat to see it evolve through your pictures! Enjoy.

Staci Danford said...

OK... how totally cute is that.. LOVE the colors.. People always think I'm whacked out when I say I love red, and orange together.. FUN FUN...
Staci

K said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. And simple - but only after you show us!

vicki said...

I love your journals - these would be such wonderful gifts for friends. You are amazing~~~

Vicki

Kim Hambric said...

What a happy place to put one's thoughts and doodles and what-not. Fantastic journal!

Shalini said...

this is absolutely gorgeous... u'hve got me super inspired...wish i hd one of these to pen down stuff... love it absolutely!!!

Beedeebabee said...

Gosh, that is one yummy gorgeous book! I love how you blended those fabulous, happy colors, and of course Lori, your artistic touches just couldn't get any better!!! Can't wait to see that inside sparkle! You're so amazing! xo Paulette

Claire M said...

Darling!!

Julie Bagamary said...

What a fun journal!

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