- Favorite blank journal notebook
- DecoArts Media Gesso
- Paint brush
- DecoArts Glass Paint Marker
- DecoArts Paper Effects in Black Pearl
- DecoArts Paper Effects in Metallic Copper
- Helmars 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
- Cover the front area of a blank journal where you want your image to be painted. Using gesso helps to keep your painted on colors true and bright. I choose a square to offset my final image. Let the square dry completely.
- Once the first layer of gesso is dry, draw another design on top. This will give your design more dimension.Now gesso in the image that you drew over the square. Again, by gessoing the image you are insuring that the paint dries true to color.
- Now, paint in your image. I used Metallic Royal Ruby for the branch, American Multi Surface Satin Lemon Zest for the birds, and American Multi Surface Satin Apple Green for the leaves.
- Begin by outlining the square first using the DecoArt Glass Paint Marker in black. Make sure to shake the pen well before applying it to your design. Then outline the remaining parts of your design with DecoArts Paper Effects in Black Pearl and Metallic Copper.
- Add your own doodles to the birds with the Paper Effects. Let them thoroughly dry before adding any further embellishments to the front cover.
- I added flowers and Pearls to the eyes of the birds adhering them with Helmars 450 Quick Dry Adhesive so they will securely stay attached.
Guest Contributor: Sandee Setliff – I am a mixed Media artist with art exhibited at the Art Mob in Hendersonville, NC. I write and illustrate stories for Rapid River Arts & Culture Magazine. Teaching art journaling classes for Henderson County Parks & Recreation Athletic & Activity Center. I am a Art Deco Blogger and a Helping Artist, I also design for Helmar Worldwide, Susan K, Weckesser and Frosted Designs.