I gathered a blank Kraft journal I found in a dollar store (I am a hoarder of these honestly), a palette knife, stamping ink and a stamping block, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics, a roll of masking tape, two of the beautiful new Eclectica Sara Naumann stamp sets and one of her new stencils and started with some experiments on repetitive text stamping.
I worked on a large non-stick Teflon sheet so the masking tape could be peeled off easily once finished to be used on my planned project. I started working at the top section of my craft sheet to have enough space to continue working while the first strips were drying.
As the stamping ink takes some time to dry on the masking tape, I used that drying time to scrape my Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics across four more strips of masking tape, creating layers until I was content with the look.
Pattern play for me also included playing with the patterns created by the tools used to apply the paint and by the substrate's texture - so my plan was to combine the stamped text patterns with the paint scraping patterns on the washi tape and cover backgrounds. Also I was inspired by the lovely fern image on one of the two Sara Naumann stamp sets (ESN56) that I fell in love with at first sight and wanted that as a focal image for a journal with affirmative and soothing character (as I seem to need a lot of calm and positive thinking these days).
I found that my journal needed some haptic texture as well to go with the visual one, I added a strip of rough linen ribbon to the spine after I had glued all the stamped images and washi tape strips to their spots. I used DecoArt Americana Decou-Page (matte) and a wide soft brush to glue everything in place. I also covered the tape strips with a layer of the decoupage glue to make sure they stayed in place and wouldn't come off during use.
I also added some tape strips to the back cover and the insides of the covers to round up the look of the journal and bind it all in. Especially the cool flap pocket on the back cover's inside needed some special highlighting!