Art Journal by Melina Dahl


I´m an art journaler. I have like ten journals that I currently work in already, but I couldn’t resist this MDF/acrylic Book from the That’s Crafty! Surfaces range. So, now I've got eleven ;)

Today I´m sharing how I made the cover.

I used:

Cogs and Washers (the greyboard ones are a good alternative to real)
Distress Inks different red and pink colours
Distress Ink Pads - different brown and black colours

I started by applying modeling paste through the Art and Journal stencils and let that dry. After that I did the same thing with the brick and cog stencils. I covered everything with white gesso.

Then I started to play with the red and pink shades of Distress inks and water, lighter in the middle and darker towards the edges.

I placed the Art and Journal stencils again and this time added rust paste on top of the modeling paste. I used all three, brown, red and yellow. On the cogs and bricks I randomly went over with some rust paste as well.

I went over the cogs and bricks with brown and black Distress ink and added some Evergreen Bough Distress paint here and there. I added the real cogs and washers using gel medium.

I outlined the words using a black Posca pen and finally added some splashes with black and white using the Posca pens.

Now I can´t wait to start playing with the acrylic pages in this book!



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  1. Such a striking piece Melina, from the Design to techniques used I love everything about it. You have created a phenomenal piece of Art here.. Thank you for sharing such inspiration with us all..
    Hugs Tracey xx

  2. I agree with Tracey. Love it.
    Much love. Bev. xxx

  3. A gorgeous cover for your journal, Melina, really rusted to perfection-and so beautiful !! xx :-)

  4. A really stunning cover for your journal Melina and love all the texture and lovely colours.
    Fliss xx

  5. I really can't stop looking at this, the textures and rust effects are amazing. Can't wait to see what goes inside it too ;)
    Donna xx

  6. Thank you so much Dorthe, Fliss and Donna for your kind comments ❤️

  7. Amazing rust effects, fabulous introduction into what lies beaneath the cover
    Amanda x

  8. Nice effect achieved on your journal cover Melina.

  9. Awesome, Melina! The rust looks so real! I think I need that one ;-)
    Absolutely gorgeous art journal cover! xx


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