02/07/2016

Denim Journal Cover - GDT Finnabair Creative Team


Happy Saturday! Today I’m honored to be guesting at Finnabair’s blog again. For the post I created a cover for the Denim Art Journal and played with some of the newer mediums as well – like the Sculpture Medium and the Art Stones.

Just hinting, that you want to see this post through, all the way to the end. Or I should at least think so that you'd want to. There's a raffle at the end.


The great thing about the journal in my opinion is the material and the way you can add and remove the pages from the journal. The denim material is sturdy but also allows you to treat the surface with various techniques and make the journal really your own. And as the journal is put together with ribbons you can always add and remove pages with ease. Great if you are for example journaling on the go and then want to make the pages into a minialbum or store them in another way.


As my idea for this journal was a traveling sort of thing – easy to take out with you to travel the world, far and wide, the cover also needed to fit the idea. And this time I’m not talking about the design and colors but more from a practical point of view. So that’s where Sculpture Medium comes handy. As you can use it on any porous surface and turn that into rigid and sturdy I chose to cover the whole cover with the medium and also turn those flowers into leather-like or even a bit harder. So even if your journal is having a rough time traveling at the bottom of a suitcase in the middle of jungle, the cover will stay fresh looking! 

What the medium does, is that it absorbs into the material and when drying turns the material rigid. What this also means is, that the surface of the piece is then coated with a plastic-like, a little bit shiny coat. Such a non-porous surface then needs own kind of paint medium to work. Like acrylic paints, which I used here. If you’d like to color the project with mists or watercolors for example, you’d then need a coat of gesso first to little bit help the coloring part. Another way is of course to color the elements beforehand and then adding the Sculpture Medium. (If you happen to be living in Finland, there’s a tutorial on the latest Ihana magazine about this with the cover shot as well)


I created a video to show you my process with the cover and also share a sneak of the inside of the journal and how it’s made. This is my second voice-over video and I do hope you like it and find it inspiring! Now you are like "Second?". That's because the first isn't published yet and it'll stay secret for a number of days still. But I'd really love to hear your comments - do you prefer videos with music or with a voice-over narration,, should I make both, what about adding small texts even to voice-over ones...


Thank you for your time!

Now for the giveaway part! I'm giving away this journal to one of you! What you need to do to be in for the draw is to leave a comment to this post and then check back if you have won. If you want to become a reader, I'd be overjoyed, but that's not required for the raffle. You can find all my social media links as well as a link to FeedBurner in the sidebar.

You'll have until July 10th 11:59 pm to take part. I'll reveal the winner on the 11th. The giveaway is open to everyone around the world. 


Materials: 

3D Matte Gel
Art Alchemy Deep Water paint
Ephemera pack 
Brush Set


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger

68 comments:

  1. awesome journal!! i love your blog!!

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  2. Loving the texture on this cover, much like all of your art is chock full of beautiful texture! I might have to buy this journal afterall 😊

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  3. Beautiful journal! And July 10th is my birthday so it would be wonderful if I won! puffinliz at yahoo dot com

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  4. What a beautiful journal and what great techniques. thank you so much for sharing your project and the chance to to win

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  5. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  6. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  7. This is so wonderful! I love the denim and fabulous beads, makes me smile. Really lovely for you to offer it as a giveaway. Thanks for inspiring and a chance to win :)
    ~kim

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  8. Wow, gorgeous! Very inspiring. Love the idea to make it a travel journal for this summer. Thanks for sharing and to give it away.
    Jessica

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  9. Love your journal, what a wonderful job you have done, and I love all the blue colours!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial, and I love the voice over video, and thanks for offering this journal as a giveaway, would love to win it!!!!!

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  10. Fabulous journal, Riikka! I enjoyed viewing the process in your video. I think either voice over or music with words is fine. I would love to win this journal. The cover has all my favorite things--Prima, lace, a fairy, metal elements, flowers, the stones. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  11. As always, a gorgeous project - the denim is awesome,

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  12. Beautiful I would love to win I always follow your work. Thank you

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  13. Beautiful journal. I appreciate your pictures and videos to show the process. I'd feel honored to win creative works.

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  14. OMG what a beautiful journal, love all the details!!

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  15. Awesome journal and great tutorial Riikka.

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  16. Olisi ihana voittaa tämä.Niin kaunis ettei sanotuksi saa.

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  17. Todella upea kansi! Ja kiitos voittomahdollisuudesta, mielläni otan osaa. (Olen taas jo Suomessa).

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  18. Oh!!What an amazing cover! Would love to win!

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  19. I would be honored to have this wonderful journal. Something about denim just makes you want to hold it. Love the colors, flowers and art stone.

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous! Love everything you create and follow you blog that inspire me and teach me a lot.
    Thanks!!

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  21. Happy I found your blog (now a subscriber)! I love what you did with the denim journal, it's gorgeous! Hope to win it:)

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  22. I always love all your work and this tutorial was no exception. Just gorgeous. Would love to win the journal. Hugs!

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing your process! Truly a stunning Journal cover anyone would be over joyed to have it!

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  24. Aivan ihana kansi ja hieno arvontapalkinto!

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  25. Awesome journal cover,thank you for the details of how it was created and the chance to actualy own it...........Mags x

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  26. What a beautiful project. That new art journal has so many possibilities!

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  27. very awesome journal cover, great video and inspired like always.

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  28. What a beautiful journal! I like the voice-over narration better than just music. Small texts of products used or important tips would be awesome. I'm a beginner and love watching videos like yours. I learn a lot. Thank you��

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  29. I love denim and obsessed with mixed media stuff.
    so, when those two things combined....... wow #lovestruck ������
    such an inspiring work!

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  30. The journal cover is amazing, how great that you can travel with it and everything is firmly stuck on? I enjoyed the video. X

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  31. Seriously I don't know how your going to part with that its beautiful! Gosh I would love for it to be in my hot little hands down here in Australia!

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  32. Iiiihana... voittaisin mielelläni tämän aarteekseni!

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  33. todellakin haluaisin tämän ihanuuden omakseni

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  34. Ihana! Video oli oikein kiva, eteni sopivalla tahdilla ja selkeästi. Tekstityksen hyvä puoli olisi se että voi seurata vaikka äänet olisi pois päältä (taustamusiikilliset vaimennan aina).

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  35. This journal looks amazing! Once again you have made great art!

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  36. I love your journal cover! I am happy that you share.

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  37. What an amazing giveaway !!Thank you so much !!

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  38. What an amazing giveaway !!Thank you so much !!

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  39. mukana arvonnassa. Tämä on todella upea.

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  40. What a beautiful journal you created! I really enjoyed your video. I thought it was just right!

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  41. It's honestly, really, really beautiful!!!!!

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  42. Beautiful work my Dear! Congrats and thanks for sharing!!! xoxo

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  43. Rikka, every bit of your work is so gorgeous! I am so happy I wrote you last year on sb.com and we exchanged ATCs-your talent is endless!

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  44. I have to be perfectly honest and say I had mixed emotions about the denim cover, when I saw it in the store, until I saw what you did with it. Not only is it an amazing work of art, but it is in the style I love. To win this would be beyond fantastic--I real treasure! Beyond that, I am appreciative of the tutorial and description of products you used on the denim to make it a viable substrate.

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  45. En todellakaan palauttaisi jos voittaisin. 😊 Ihanat kannet. ❤

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  46. This would be the perfect birthdaygift :-)love the details with the mini art stones and ooooh, those colors!! your work always amazes me!

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  47. I saw this recently and loved it immediately - it is an amazing piece of art and it is a king amongst princes! How wonderful to own such a beauty! Thanks for the opportunity! Carol Findon (UK)

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  48. Thanks for sharing this with us. I love the fact that crafters are so generous with sharing their projects to help others xxx

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  49. Great artjournal. And i would like to enter the raffle, always admire your work.
    Marie-Anne

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  50. Thank you for sharing your beautiful art. Someone is going to love this raffle.....

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  51. Another inspiring creation. Thank you xx

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  52. Beautiful journal! Love it! I prefer the voice over video. Thanks for this opportunity to win. July 11th is my birthday so this would be an awesome gift!

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  53. after watching twice your video i'm still puzzled, it's just so special, so pretty. I'd be so happy to hold it in hand ! thank you for sharing every day your wonderful work, it's so inspiring.

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  54. Your journal is lovely. I love the shades of blue! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

    Sandi

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  55. Loved your journal, Riikka. As usual your work is stunning. <3 Elaine Byrne

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  56. Ihanat farkkukannet! Olet super-etevä, kiitos!

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  57. I usually watch videos while lying in bed, so no volume so the kids don't wake. But if you do talk, I would find my headphones as it wud b wonderful to hear your creative process as u make your artwork.

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  58. This is beautiful! I love everything about it. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  59. Lovely cover! Thanks for sharing your process!

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  60. you have made great art <3
    Thanks for sharing this with us
    corinne de france

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  61. Awesome journal!!! I love it!!

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  62. Ihana Journal. Mukana arvonnassa

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  63. Your journal is a gorgeous work of art, Finn was right, it has that soft grungy look I ❤️ so!!! Using the Sculpture Medium on the cover, flowers + was great, you'll never have to worry about it loosing its shape or begin to get droopy flowers! 🤗

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