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Magic Forest Journal by LOUISE CROSBIE

Magic Forest Journal by LOUISE CROSBIE

I went a little crazy last week and actually opened my precious “Magic Forest” 8x8 papers. I bought the main papers and the extra background papers. They are so pretty. I had that dilemma of “which side will I show” 
I’ve spaced the pretty papers out by using a few pages of blank (or almost blank) note paper or journal paper in between. This means I can actually use the book as a notebook or art journal.
I started by making two “soft clay” impressions of the book cover mould. I had to practice a bit as I needed to figure out how much clay I needed for it to keep its shape and come out of the mould easily. I had originally been too sparing with it. Trying to get a thin impression and save clay. That didn’t really work out for me. It worked better when I put a nice thick layer on. 
I made the clay covers weeks ago. So they were definitely dry before using. 
I did learn that this clay starts getting partially soft again when it got too wet and that included the glue.  So I put two coats of gesso on before painting or gluing and let that dry out thoroughly over night before painting and waxing it. 
The cover took most of the work really. I simply made an accordion style hinge and started adding papers. I distressed the edges and inked them so they sort of fitted with a woodland journal that’s been carried around a lot. 
I used some rub ons and stickers to decorate some of the blank pages. 
There's a lot more to this little journal. I've been making little tags and mini books to pop into some of the pockets the pages have in them but it's a lot to show in one blog post.
It's quite a big supply list this time as there are different components to it so I'm going to categorise it into separate lists.
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Supply list for cover. 
Stamperia Soft Clay
Black gesso: Large, Small
Finnabair Mettalique Paint: Emerald Green, Golden Moss, Gold amber
Finnabair Mettalique wax: Vintage Gold, Mint sparkle
Liquid acrylics: Burnt sienna, Carmine
Finnabair: Rust effect paste (red)
Supply list for making journal pages.
black card (to make hinges)
Scor tape
Distress Oxide ink pad: Walnut stain
Supply list for decorated pages.
Finnabair Stencil: Iris Tapestry
Distress oxide ink pad: Walnut stain
Liquid acrylic: Avocado Green
Finnabair: Jewel effect paste: Tigers eye stones
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Sue - August 24, 2023

This is so beautiful. I don’t journal myself but I love this and I’d never write in it but I would get it out and stroke it ☺️. X

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