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Traveller's Journal

By: The Kathryn Wheel
September 26, 2017

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Traveller s Journal
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Kate here! My love of colour is totally matched by my love of journals so when I came across this Sizzix die I knew exactly what I was going to do with it! I used a combination of techniques to build up the layers on the cover of my journal, and then filled my journal with removable signatures so I can get even more colourful on the inside.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Carbon Black
  • Sizzix Die - Journal by Eileen Hull
  • Assorted Stencils
  • Archival Inkpads
  • Embellishments Kit by Kate Crane - Tando Creative
  • Thick Card
  • White Gel Pen
  • Assorted Background Stamps
  • Brayer
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Junk for Stamping


Cut the covers out of mount board using the Sizzix die and prepare them by completely covering in black gesso. When dry add a layer of white gesso but leaving some of the edges to allow the black to show a little. Whilst the white gesso is wet, scribble into it with a pencil to add a bit of texture.

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Begin by painting a layer of Tinting Base and whilst it is still wet add small amounts of Cobalt Tuquoise Hue, which will blend a little and create lighter and darker areas. Allow it to dry a little and then lightly brayer small amounts of the same Turquoise followed by Green Gold in patches.

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Continue to brayer small amounts of paint to build up layers, adding Quinacridone Red and then Quinacridone Magenta. Finally brayer Carbon Black around the edges, but go steady with the black!

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Use a variety of stencils and a sponge to add pattern randomly all over the background, using the same colours. At this point you can mix some of the stronger colours such as Quinacridone Magenta with a little Tinting Base to create a pastel shade.  Don’t forget to add some black; it really makes all of the other colours pop.

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Use any background stamps to randomly stamp all over the background. You could do this with Archival inks, or with the Fluid Acrylic paints as long as you wipe it off your stamps immediately! Then use a white pen to add doodles and highlights.

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Metallics make a lovely top layer, especially if you just add light touches with edges of old credit cards and bottle lids.

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Add a layer of white gesso to your greyboard embellishments and then follow that with a layer of paint. I used a brush to paint my bunting, but a brayer to colour the house, as before, and using the same colours.

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This is an optional step! But I often like to add a bit of stitching, and stitch directly through greyboard etc with my sewing machine. I added a couple of lines of stitching to stand my house on. If you don’t want to sew you could use a strip of washi tape, or even just doodle a line.

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Colour the roof, door and the heart shape with a layer of gesso, followed by acrylic paint. When dry add a layer of Matte Medium to seal followed by a layer of One Step Crackle and leave for a couple of hours until the cracks develop. Add a layer of Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black and then wipe off to allow the Cream to just highlight the cracks.

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Add all of the elements to the front cover with the Matte Medium. Stick the font and back covers together, thread the elastic through the holes in the spine, and add your internal signatures.

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Gorgeous Kate, love the vibrancy of the colours and the heart is a lovely touch . Love your layered elements and doodles. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

September 26, 2017

I love this journal, Kate and would really like to make a similar one but I can't seem to track down the die. I'll just have to persevere!

Jane Roe

September 26, 2017

Kate, your journal is fabulous!! The colours are wonderful, I love the crackled roof on the house and heart and the bunting is such fun. I love your idea for the closure too! Anne x

Anne R

September 26, 2017

Oh my soul Kate! this is gorgeously fabulous and bright!! love love love the crackle and the layering of metallic is such a wonderful touch i will adopt in my journals! i can't wait to dig out my decoArt paints!


September 26, 2017

WOW This is fantastic, so many different colours, patterns & textures - inspirational


September 26, 2017

Kate this is amazing! Cool banner and ❤️ the houses!

Eileen hull

September 27, 2017

Fabulous journal Kate...just love the beautiful bright colours. Cute house. Sx

Sue French

September 29, 2017

Now you made me buy the die. Can't wait to get started. This is fab. x

Wendy Mallas

November 1, 2017

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