Mixed Media Journal & Sketchbook Cover Tutorial, Polymer Clay Journal

mixed media journal
I’ve been wanting to try a mixed media art and I came across a tutorial that inspired me to give it a try with my own twist. Since, I love creating personalized gifts. I decided to give this project a personalized touch.
There’s always something special about personalized handmade gifts.
Here’s what I made.
mixed media journal
This is a sketchbook cover I made for myself. It is a mixed media form of art but since I am a polymer clay artist. I have to add my favourite medium on it.
I am so in love with the colour combination of this cover. The aged, vintage look and the blast of colours, turned it into something unique.

I’m going to share to you a step by step photo tutorial on how I created this beautiful and unique mixed media personalized sketchbook cover.
This tutorial is also perfect for journal cover.
mixed media journal materials
Here’s the list of materials you will need:
1. Hardbound Journal or sketchbook
2. White Gesso paint
3. Black multi surface paint
4. Masking Tape
5. Embossing medium
6. Embossing powder
7. Viva Inka Gold (Old gold, brown gold, old silver)
8. Lindy Stamp Gang (Starburst & Moon Shadow Mist Spray)
9. Stencil
10. Palette Knife
11. Heat Gun
12. Glass Cabochons
13. Metal Charms
14. Ribbon
15. Polymer Clay

Step 1: Tape all four side of your front journal or sketchbook. This step is optional. I just wanted to create a frame look on my cover and it also protects the side of my sketchbook from all unwanted mediums that I will be using along the process.

Step 2: Paint your cover with gesso. The gesso paint is necessary to create a workable surface. On this project, I used white gesso. You can also use black gesso. Let the medium dry. You can speed up the process by using a heat gun or blow dryer.
mixed media journal

Step 3: Once the gesso is dry. Paint it with multi surface paint. I used black on my cover. You can also use a different dark paint colour. It will depend on what colour combination you want to achieve. Make sure to Let the paint dry before adding texture on your cover.
mixed media journal tutorial
More steps on the next page:

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