Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Creating a new art journal

So I had a girl's night in with a friend of mine.  We had been trying to get together to play with our art supplies and finally the stars aligned and we were able to get together!   I had seen a really cool tutorial on a blog that I follow and I wanted to try it. I thought this get together would be the perfect time.  If you are interested in the full tutorial you can click here.  I figured I wouldn't recreate the wheel!  :)  Plus, Amy's blog is awesome. 

Basically this project takes several of those really cool, waterproof Tyvek UPS envelopes that you can swipe at the post office.  As Amy says on her blog, "I consider them a gift." 

After cutting them so that the insides were exposed, I used alcohol inks, ranger color wash sprays, acrylic paints, and stamps to decorate them.  After letting that dry, I sealed them with a glaze varnish.  It ends up looking like really cool fabric! 

I had purchased a photography magazine at Half Priced Books for 1.00 and I used one of the photos for the cover.  Once these dry I will take my two pieces of Tyvek and glue them together, ugly side to ugly side.  Then I will sew them along the edges.  This will be the cover to my new art journal. 

This is a picture of the one my friend made.  I love the colors she used!  It was messy but lots of fun! 

This is my little space that I have carved out of the girl's playroom!  It's pretty cozy, but I love .
Once I get them put together, I will show you the finished product. 


  1. Nicole, this cover (and artwork) is fabulous. I so love your colours... and it all looks like so much fun. The little space your carved out for yourself is perfect. As long as your paints are there, you're good. :-)
    Thanks for sharing the steps! happy CED! xoxo

  2. Messy is fun!! How awesome that you were able to get together and create such vibrant art together!!

  3. Yay! Yay! I love that you're making one!

  4. Messy is one of my favourite words... and messy with another art soul sounds like heaven... bet you had a great time...xx