May 12, 2010

Collaged Sketchbook Cover, Art Journal Page Backgrounds

After using it for a while, I decided that the plain brown cover of my ecojot sketchbook was crying out to be made colourful!
Here's the result... which I will likely add more to over time:

And here are a few glimpses of what's inside.

This page was intended to be a background for art journalling but when it was done, I liked it so much that I couldn't write on it!  So I added a little piece in the centre and it stands alone.

Techniques used include dragging dye-based ink pads across the paper, shading in white parts with chalk pastels, border made with a rubber stamp and then coloured in with pens and markers.  The background of the centre piece is made by lightly turning an ink pad in a complete circle.  The idea for using ink pads on background came from the wonderful post Creating Colorful Journal Pages by Aimee of Artsyville.  I am in love with her vibrant blog!  You can also see a video that shows this technique and a few more here:  Art Journal Page Backgrounds

Done on a piece of paper and glued into sketchbook.
The above page was done when I was using wetter background techniques... which caused the thin paper to warp.  I've come up with a great technique that avoids this problem and will post about it soon.
Yet another piece where I suddenly found I didn't want to fill in the sky with words.  Though I did write in metallic pen on the bottom part.
Alphabet stamps found at a dollar store.  Tree stamp was purchased, bird stamp was hand carved from a vinyl eraser (so much fun!).  If flipped around, it can stamp waves/water :-)


  1. I like the idea of adding more to the cover. A not so blank canvas where you can add as you please! So fun.

  2. I like thinking of it that way Amy... a 'not so blank canvas'! Thank you :-)
    I've really enjoyed your altered books by the way. :)

  3. The wrinkling really looks good on the last image!! I also have that problem, so I hope you do post that tip!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

  4. Thanks for visiting Eden!
    I will definitely post that wrinkle-free background tip soon.
    Writing is not my strong point so I'm hoping to make a video demonstrating how I do it. :-)


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