Monday, January 6, 2014

Finnabair Art Journal Cover - Flying Unicorn

Words cannot express how excited I was to find out there was an art journal in January's kit by Flying Unicorn, and not just any art journal, Finnabairs journal (LOVE!). Now I had every intention of filling the book first and decorating my cover last, ahhhhh who was I kidding, I could not wait to start the cover. 

Update to post, wow since sharing this project I have had an amazingly huge amount of positive feedback (thank you all so much!!). A lot of people have asked, how did you do this? I am about to share that with you all. 

I started off by covering my cover with a coat of gesso and allowing to dry. I then took a whole bunch of random stuff and glued it to my cover, I used Glossy Accent's to glue my stuff down, yes an expensive choice but it works. As you can see I have used heaps of different types of objects, lace, metal, chipboard, flowers, resin pieces, fimo set pieces and die cut card. Really anything will work here, buttons, rings pulls from cans, etc. Take a look at what you have laying around. 

Once everything is glued down and dry, you then apply a decent coat of white gesso. Ensure your brush gets into all those small places, everything must be coated.

I would recommend leaving overnight to dry, lesson learnt I started applying my paint too early and started to get messy. Once your gesso is 100% dry you then can start applying your paint. I gave the entire cover a coat of Halo Blue Gold Lumiere Paint and then randomly dabbed on Metallic Rust and Pearlescent Blue Lumiere Paints. The glimmering gold addition came from my Antique Gold Rub'n Buf. I LOVE this stuff, one little tube can go such a long way. Apply a little (and I do mean little) bit to your finger and start applying to raised areas. 

The end result is rather spectacular, yes even if I do say so myself. I am going to go out on a limb here and say if you want to give this project a go that it is almost impossible to stuff up. You can see above what I started with, a whole bunch of random bits and bobs. 

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Thanks for looking everyone, have a great day.

~ Rebecca ~


  1. stunning journal cover, love it :)

    1. Thank you Adriana, really appreciate you reading my post and taking the time to comment. I am super happy with how it has turned out as well.

  2. ...and Finn inspired...I'm sure she'd be THRILLED how you've covered 'her' journal!!!! Love that shimmer:):)

    1. Manyt thanks my No1 blog supporter. Well I do know Anna has seen it as she liked my post on the 'Paper People' Facebook page, that was a big high five in my direction. I wish the photo had captured the true shimmer, even though the photo was taken in full sunlight it still does not represent the true shimmeryness (yes that is a word).