Hello lovelies. I have a pretty cool tutorial to share with you today, but first a little background. This past Christmas I received a wonderful package of hand crafted goodies from a friend and fellow artist in Canada. She’s working on getting a website up, but in the meantime check her out on Instagram. She goes by FiveFingerArtStudio. In the package she sent me she included some of her journal spots that she created using a paper bag and a colored photocopy of one of her backgrounds. I was in love with them and when I used them all up I jumped at the chance to make my own version. Five Finger Art Studio was sweet enough to let me share my take on her journal spots with you. I hope you enjoy.
For this project I used this round journaling stamp from the Dylusions Write Between The Lines stamp set but if you don’t have one, you can just as easily draw a circle.
Using a permanent ink, such as StazOn or Memento Luxe, stamp your circle onto whatever paper you want your base to be. I used my 2 favorite things, underpaper and book paper.
Once your circles are stamped, use a permanent pen to doodle flower petals or a scalloped edge around the circle. The advantage to using underpaper is that your journal spots will already have fabulously random color.
If you use book paper you’ll want to give your spots some color. you can use your media of choice. I went with Faber-Castell gelatos.
While your media of choice sets or dries, use that same round stamp to stamp onto white paper or card stock and cut them out.
Next cut around each of your flower journal spots.
Using glue or gel medium, affix the stamped circle to the middle of your cut out flower. I used my handy dandy Ranger Glue Stick.
Once the adhesive is dry, use your sewing machine to add some wonky stitching. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can draw on stitching or add doodles of your choice, if you’re interested in buying one then it may be worth researching best home sewing machines on TeachYouToSew. I have a very reasonably priced Brother Sewing Machine that’s perfect for my mixed media projects.
I like to leave the threads long for a more organic look, but that’s entirely up to you.
And that’s it, your very own unique, stitched, and oh so cool journal spots to add to your art journals and other mixed media projects.
Thanks so much for reading and a big thank you to Five Finger Art Studio for the inspiration.
Wishing you a beautiful day. Remember to make time for play.
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