Thursday, 16 January 2014

Thin Ice Journal Page by Carol Fox



I have been enjoying having a bit of time lately to work in my journal and I do love to try out techniques I have seen. The paper strip idea was taken from a lovely video that Magda made last year. She used it to decorate her journal cover, but I have incorporated it into a journal page. Rather than me try to explain it 2nd hand, here is a link to Magda’s post with the video.


What I did


·       I started by colouring and texturing my paper strips as shown in Magda’s video. I used Fresco paints in shades of Bora Bora, Sherbert and French Roast. These were the only colours of paint I used on my page. I followed her technique until I got as far as adding the texture (I used Grunge paste for this). When this was dry I highlighted it with gilding wax.

·       I put my strips to one side and coloured my page by very lightly spraying it with Dylusions inks in Bubblegum Pink and Calypso Teal, I heat dried this.

·       I wanted to spray my Fresco paint (Sherbert and Bora Bora) so I added about a 1/3 colour of each paint to two water bottles, added 2/3 of water and shook them really well. I then spritzed my page with them, it works a bit like the white Dylusions spray but with colour, and it really softens down a page’s colour very nicely. (and it’s another use for your Fresco paints woo hoo)

·       I used the French Roast paint through a stencil randomly over the whole page.

·       I now stuck my strips in place, positioning them as shown.

·       Using black Archival ink and two different background stamps I stamped over the page to blend the cut strips into the whole background.

·       I stamped my images and quote onto book paper, using the plain border for my quote.

·       I stuck these down with glue.

·       I added dots, doodles and swirls with Enamel Accents. I have only recently discovered these and I do love how the white accent made the dots pop. You do have to shake them really well before you use them or else they are thin and runny.

·      I ran a line of black paint around my page to edge it.


I used 

Dylusions Rubber Stamps: Pin up Queen, Monster Mash, Say What You Mean, Basic Backgrounds
Fresco Finish Paint: Sherbert, Bora Bora, French Roast, Little Black Dress
Paper, Tissue and Book Pages


  1. Really lovely pages Carol and the shabby look is gorgeous. Love the purple too.

  2. Wow, what stunning pages!
    Alison x


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