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Inspirational Tutorial: Celebrate Dear Diary Day!

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Celebrate Dear Diary Day with the ultimate Art Journal page! Sam Lewis shows you how you can create this fabulous page too! Don't just use this technique on a journal page try it on your cards and scrapbook projects too! Have fun!

Directions:

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Step 1: Starting by applying gesso to a blank journal page. Choose your colours (even if you change your mind later as happened here!).
Tip: Choose colours that won’t mix together and make mud on your page!

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Step 2: Hand draw onto Sheena’s White Stamping Card the outline of the elements you’ll be using on your journal page. Tip: It’s useful to do it at this stage, and roughly cut them out so that you can plan your layout.

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Step 3: Using your fingers (or a brush if you don’t like getting messy!) apply the paint to the page.

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Step 4: Continue adding paint to the page, working whilst the paint is wet so that the colours blend a little.

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Step 5: Using an old debit or gift card, scrape white gesso very roughly over the page.
Tip: Keep adding and scraping off the paint and leave gaps for the shimmering Pebeo paint to show through.

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Step 6: Using Sheena’s Simply Scriptly stamp and the Textures Journal Jottings stamp along with Archival Ink, start stamping texture onto your page.
Tip: Don’t mount the stamps onto a block! Instead, use them “floppy” in your hand which prevents you from getting obvious stamp outlines. The key is random!

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Step 7: Continue stamping onto the background, using the different stamps in different colours.
Tip: Stamp a little with Jet Black ink but don’t go too crazy. The black gives great depth and contrast, but you don’t want to overwhelm the background.

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Step 8: Using letter stamps, or your own handwriting (or a combination of both, as here!), Stamp or write your sentiment onto the page. You can stamp with Archival Ink, and/or write with a black paint marker. Add highlights with a white paint marker.
Tip: In order to get the words spaced evenly, lay out your letter stamps on the page first, or write lightly with pencil.

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Step 9: Colour the elements from Step 2, choosing colours that complement the paints you’ve used. Cut out the elements and outline with black paint marker. Glue to the page.

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Step 10: Finish your page by adding a few highlights to the feather and ink pot with a white paint marker.

Crafter's Companion supplies:

Other Supplies: Acrylic paint markers (black and white) and a 12” x 12” Kraft Scrapbook

We would love to see what you make! Share your projects and cards with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#crafterscompanion), on Pinterest (@CraftersCompUK) or on Twitter (@CraftersCompUK)!

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