Art Journaling with Burlap and Corrugated Paper

June 23, 2020
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This episode of Drama-free Friday centered around one of the burlap pages in the Dina Wakley Media Art Journal. Honestly, I find this surface to be a good challenge because I’m never quite sure where it will go when I begin the page.

I’ve saved quite a few coffee cup sleeves from Star Bucks because I really enjoy using the mermaid face in my other journals. I always split the sleeve which means that I now have a collection of craft colored corrugated paper. I thought it might pair really well with burlap, so that's where I began.

The background is lightly tinted with a mix of Ceramcoat Sea Foam, Americana Sweet Mint, and White Wash acrylic paints that I applied with a brayer. Using several of my flower drawings as patterns, I cut individual petals, leaves, and stems from the corrugated paper. The vase is printed burlap from my stash of supplies. All are attached to the background with glue. Oh, and I inked around the edges of everything, too.

The flower centers are dots of acrylic paint. Since I can’t seem to leave any empty space, I added the random spots (paper napkin) to create the illusion of wallpaper behind the flowers. A bit of Pan Pastel applied with a Sofft Tool added a little more interest here and there. Good enough!

The quote from a desk calendar on the facing page really has nothing whatsoever to do with a vase of flowers, but we all need the reminder to keep our spirits up, don't we? 🙂 The background behind the quote is created with a small brayer and the same 3 colors of acrylic paint. Several colors of Sakura Gelly Roll pens were the perfect colors to complement the burlap page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'll see you next Friday at 2 pm Eastern for the next Drama-free Friday!

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Barb Owen

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Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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