So I've been working hard to get this journal off the ground. I think I've done a great job.
The cover - I used old maps. One from san francisco and the other from san luis obispo. I then printed the text on card stock and glued it with acrylic matte gel. It's the only thing I use to glue now. I've tried others in the past but was not satisfied.
Welcome page - I used water color pencils and crayons. Created a border and used light colors to fill in the middle. I then glued down my fairy, the feathers, clear dots, and her crown. I spray painted it gold and let dry. I used sharpies to color, outline and fill in.
Joy page - I used pigment/chalk pastels for the background. Coated it with clear gesso to seal the page, otherwise it would get all over your hands and other elements. I then added the paper elements. Followed by the acrylic paint used on the borders and left center. I stamped it up with pigment ink and used sharpies and sakura gel pens to fill in and write. I tried a technique with the acrylic paint. I dabbed it with a napkin to get a textured effect. It sort of worked. I didn't love it, so I stamped over it with white, then green dots.
I love how the colors came together. Since my journal has no theme, I was pretty open to what developed on the page. I'm happy, and look forward to sending it out tomorrow.
Have a great father's day!