Saturday, 2 December 2017

2017 #18 Torn, Ripped, Burnt: Boho Journal with EEA {by Kate Yetter}

2017 Topic 18: Torn, Ripped, Burnt

We have an assembly of stunning layers tonight from Kate. She creates such gorgeous journal covers, many of the materials she uses are recycled found objects that become coveted treasures! Fantastic!

Hello. Kate here today and I am sharing an Altered Art Journal Cover for our theme: Torn. This theme is perfect for all styles because it adds a bit of texture and vintage flair.

I started by making an art journal from brown paper grocery bags. After cutting, wetting, drying and ironing I made three signatures using an online tutorial. After the journal was bound, I started altering the cover using patterned paper from my stash. 

I am going for the boho look on the cover because my art journal theme will be global. As a result I tried to layer patterns as best as I could. I spread some Fresco Finish Green Patina and allowed it to dry. After stenciling with Distress ink over top of my painted patterned paper I went back and added more stenciling with gold ink. I stamped in gold over top with the circle stamp from Eclectica³ {Everything Art} 01...

I chose a few more patterns and as you can see, I tore the edges. The smaller rectangle has been painted with a bit of Fresco Finish Haystack, stamped and then stenciled with 051 PA Stencil {by Scrapcosy}.

This dried twig had been sitting on my table for ages so I tore it into multiple pieces, tied it together with string and used it as an embellishment.

Overall, I think my favorite part about this project was adding the details such as doodling around stamped images, adding liquid pearls and watching the gold ink shimmer depending upon the paper angle.

Not only did I try a new technique for me (layering patterns) but I was also able to use a few things that had been floating around on my table for a while.

My focal image was stamped, painted and mounted on top of a piece of torn paper bag. I decided to doodle on my image in black because I love adding my own touch. I even brought out my white out pen to see if I could add more contrast. I like how it turned out!

Layering patterns on each piece of paper was a lot of fun but I was a bit skeptical about putting them all together. I thought it might be too busy or that they wouldn’t jive together. Thankfully I was wrong. I hope that you are inspired to layer up patterns and to tear up paper and sticks. Thank you for stopping by the blog and taking the time to read today.

Kate Yetter


OK, I have serious background envy over that gorgeous boho background with the gorgeous stencilling and distress ink and the gold paint! OMG amazing!!! Fabulous!! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

wow, Kate, this journal looks absolutely incredible. I adore all your layered patterns

Flo Langley said...

Wow! This is amazing Kate. Love it. x

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Lauren Hatwell said...

This is gorgeous Kate. I love all those layers. Lx

Seth said...

Spectacular Kate!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! Your cover is exquisite Kate! I love layering and you have done this to perfection. The colour mix is stunning and I adore the addition of the bundled twigs .. simply gorgeous idea!! Thank you for sharing!! hugs xx

Redanne said...

Oh my goodness, what an absolutely stunning creation Kate!! The layering is fantastic, your choice of papers is amazing, they all go together so perfectly and the gold stamping is just incredible! Love this!!

froebelsternchen said...

This journal is just GORGEOUS ! I am thrilled about it ! WOW!

Jackie PN said...

Very cool Kate! Loving all the elements and layers!

Stephanie said...

Ooo la la, Kate! I am loving this creation of yours!

Hugs to you!

Corrie Herriman said...

What can i say ! Gorgeous !
Corrie x

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous journal with fab layers and textures.

butterfly said...

Wow, Kate - this is seriously stunning! What amazing textured layers and wonderful rich colours.
Alison x

Scrapcosy said...

That background is awesome!! Beautiful project, Kate!!

SewPaperPaint said...

Kate, you're the master of global/boho and this is truly a wonder to see! I absolutely loved the peek of your spine and the incredible style of layering you've developed. These colors really jump out at me. A beautifully designed journal. Hugs, Autumn

Karen said...

Love this what a great project!! So many luscious layers.

Felicia said...

This journal is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love EVERYTHING about this cover from the embellishments to the textures to the amazing colors! Would love to see the whole journal! :)

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Chris said...

Such a fabulous project Kate!

Gwen Lafleur said...

This is beautiful Kate! I just love all of the layers of texture and pattern!

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