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Art Journal cover by LOUSIE CROSBIE

Art Journal cover by LOUSIE CROSBIE

The project I’m sharing today is yet another art journal cover. 
I have to hold my hands up and say the photos are far brighter than the real life object and that’s because there are metallique paints and waxes involved and they are catching the light. Indoors, under indoor light, it is much darker and muted. 
If you follow this blog regularly it will not have escaped your notice that the majority of the projects I submit use mostly Finnabair products. And this one is no exception. Not only is it Finnabair products, but also the inspiration for this journal was taken from a dragonfly box class on Finnabair’s patreon. 
I’ve not used the same products and mine is less dimensional with it being a journal cover. It’s also missing some of the beautiful nuance and finishing touches. 
But as it’s important to be able to work comfortably on the pages inside an art journal, it’s important not to get too carried away with layers and dimension on the cover.
I started by passing modeling paste through a stencil then I’ve used some strips of paper (mostly the product details cut off the bottom of scrapbook papers) and Dusty Attic chipboard cogs/gears to make my background.
I added my dragonfly, flowers and leaves before covering it all in black gesso. 
I dry brushed the details around the composition using white gesso then built up colour using fluid acrylics, sparks paint and metallique paint before touching over the highlights with metallique waxes. 
I finished it off with some splatters of paint around the whole cover and some mermaid effect paste on the dragonfly’s  wings for a bit of sparkle.
Thanks for looking. 
Supply list

Dusty Attic Chipboard cogs/gears
Finnabair Products-:
Black Gesso Smaller size also available. 
White gesso Smaller and larger sizes available.
Fluid acrylic paint: Avocado green. Prussian blue. Ultramarine. Carmine. Burnt sienna
Metallique acrylic paint: White Pearl
Other supplies needed.
Old hard back book of the right size for your embellishments. (Charity shops etc have lots)
Resin dragonfly or other focal point you would like to use.
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Sue - May 7, 2022

Gorgeous as always

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