Hello creative souls, Ramona here with another project to feed your creative side. This beautiful project combines an altered paper doll from Rita Barakat’s Magical Theatre Create and Play with Movable Paper Dolls book, gorgeous ink from the new ColorQue line by Lisa Marie Jiminez, and once again dipping into the Art-Foamie line for more ideas on utilizing the gorgeous stamps in the collection. This is a vintage, junk journal style art book that will be a delight to return to as you play at your creative desk. I will also be altering a simple kraft tag from my craft stash, designed to use a bookmark. You may choose to do these projects separately, but I made them to compliment each other. Whether you make one, or the other, is up to you! If you haven’t ventured into the world of altered tags and mixed journals, now is a great time to start.
First, gather up your journal and ink choices for this project. I used Turquoise Mountain as my base coat, with a light glaze of Black Diamond for an antiquing effect. The colors are so vibrant and pigmented. I used this plain journal which is made of kraft chipboard, but the ColoriQue dyes are designed to be used on whatever surface you choose, including wood, fabric or even metal. If you have a journal with a cover that isn’t chipboard this dye will take care of it- so use whatever type of book you like.
I find mixing a couple of colors and mediums in similar hues can add depth to the finished look, and these two work beautifully together.
Next, I started my altered tag bookmark. I very gently dabbed a sponge (yes, I use make-up sponges from the dollar store!) onto the stamp pad and then worked it over the edges of the tag. I used a bit of the ColorBox stamp ink in Blueberry. A little goes a long way- and it is perfect for distressing edges like this.
I also used this sponge to color some plain white reinforcement circles, which I will be using on the tag. This is such an easy to coordinate your paper tag projects. I love having these little white circles on hand for just this type of craft.
Now is the time to design the bookmark. Using one of the paper dolls from the Magical Theatre book, I printed and colored a doll. My intention for this doll is to decorate the bookmark, so I won’t be using brads to attach her limbs. I will be gluing her down for my finished piece. I also used the Zen Doodle Cloud Art-Foamie stamp with the ColorBox Desert Sand ink pad for the background.
Because we are going to secure the doll to the tag, I also will be gluing down her skirt. For a little variation, I used a piece of a messy book paper so that her skirt could have some text showing through. I cut the skirt to fit, outlined it loosely with a black pen, and glued it down. If you prefer to keep the parts movable you could glue on the body, letting her arms be free. I decided to keep her secure, just for the simplicity and durability of the tag, A doodled sentiment finishes off the decorating, and the tag is ready for ribbons.
My journal has jump rings for the binding. I added ribbon for even more of a decorated vintage touch. I used the sponge I used earlier on the tag edges and journal cover to alter seam binding ribbon. This brings the colors onto the ribbon and gives it a more unified feel. Several strips of ribbon, lace, and twine were added to the rings and the tag top.
The finished project is a wonderfully weathered and slightly messy art journal. The bookmark will sit perfectly adding to the flair of the journal and holding my spot, as I fill these pages.
Hope you enjoyed today’s idea! May it spark your own colorful mixed media project as you play with these wonderful products.
Ramona is a mother to 3 boys (well, men at this point!) who craves creative time to express herself and make pretty things. You can stop by her blog for a peek into her life, or check out her artistic journey