Today's inspiration is the cover of an art journal. I wanted it to be fairly simple and flat, to use it easily and throw it into bag without worrying about damage.
As a base, I used the remains of alphabet chipboards. I usually don't throw it away, because they can still become an interesting element of a project. I glued it with 3d Matte Gel and covered with a modeling paste to add more structure and protect the cardboard from the rest of the media I used.
In this project I used Liquid Acrylic paints because they are completely waterproof and permanent after drying. I use water to distribute them, thanks to which we get beautiful, smooth color transitions and a great watercolor effect. The paint collects in cavities, perfectly emphasizing all the details and elements of the composition. To increase this contrast, I highlight elements with white gesso. Remember to do it on a thoroughly dried project. Otherwise, the gesso will stain with paints and will no longer be pure white.
To add a little bit of contrast and old look to this project, here and there I used a black watersoluble pencil. I really like the "shadow" effect we can get in this way.
In my video you can follow the preparation of this cover step by step. I hope that soon I will be able to show you the interior of this journal.
Products I have used - all the images linked to Mixed Media Place online store: