Welcome to our Guest Designer Sue Smyth
She has done this amazing altered Journal
with a mini tutorial as well
By Sue Smyth
Today I am sharing an altered journal, made with a Dusty Attic notebook and chipboard. This is one of my favourite projects to do, and with chipboard it is very easy to achieve texture an dimension. I love the colours and gentle curves of peacock feathers. So I just had to create a journal featuring The Dusty Attic peacock chip feathers.
I have used Liquid pearls to colour the feathers as I like the raised surface they give.
There is an illusion of curves to the surface just like the real feathers.
The iridescence is awesome. You could also use lumiere paints and Dimensional Magic.
Around the golden frame I have clustered assorted buttons, resin shapes and metal trinkets.
You can raid your stash to see what you have.
Anything that has a flat backed is suitable to be adhered to the front
with a thick wad of Gel medium, use it like you would icing.
Some nice close ups of the Gold frame, I have embossed the oval frame with Stampendous Aged Gold embossing powder.
To speed up drying time use your heat gun, this will even dry gel medium.
May be not thoroughly, but enough to handle the book while working on the
When you have painted the peacock feathers flip them over and spray with black Dylusions to cover the whit gesso that shows on the sides.
Take one Dusty Attic Journal
To prepare the journal, I have used Gel medium to adhere assorted paper towels to the cover. Each brand has a different texture and pattern. so I like to mix it up. Adding masking tape to the edges gives it extra strength. I have also added plasterers tape and of course some Dusty attic chipboard.
Once the gel medium is touch dry coat the whole book randomly with gesso.
Dry with heat gun.
Spray randomly with glimmer mists as desired.
Coat feather in white gesso and allow to dry. Start with peacock liquid pearls and cover some of the fronds of the feather
Add other colours to the feather, majestic purple and royal blue liquid pearls.
Keep the nozzle clean and unclogged, and
add layers of colours until you build up a thick surface. Don’t be afraid of
adding more colours over the top of the previous.
assorted paper hand towel
white and black gesso
fully purple, mallard and olive glimmer mist
Assorted metal trinkets, buttons and resin shapes
Peacock, Majestic purple and Royal Blue Liquid pearls
metallic gold and purple paint
Black dylusions( to spray the back of peacock feathers)
Stampendous Aged Gold embossing powder
Dusty Attic chipboard
border and corner
THANK YOU SO MUCH SUE
you can see Sue’s blog
for more inspiring work
(Sue has more coming this month)