Gothic Journals

Gothic Journals

Gothic Journals

Hi all.  I’ve recently been rather obsessed with Gothic images and specifically stamps by Lynn Perrella. Stained glass and gold come together to make lovely treasure!  The outsides of the journals were cut out of medium weight black chipboard and collaged with old text and Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints, old lace and collage medium. I used two of Eileen Hull’s dies (passport and mini album). The mini album die comes with a space to add a cut out which I utilized with a Tim Holtz mover and shaper ticket die. The “stained glass” insert is an experiment I did with a Gelli plate technique for faux gilding.  I also used my gelli plate for some of the inside pages along with rubber stamping and painting.

For the passport die I wanted to try texturing with lace. I’m not usually big on adding lace to my projects but this crocheted bit of lace was pretty sturdy and easy to pull apart a bit. Perfect for my purposes. I actually painted and collaged the surface of the cover first with Fresco Finish paints and old paper then added the lace with matte medium, spreading and squishing the lace as I went.  Once it was dry I dry brushed the lace texture and the edges of the book with gold paint.

Below are a few shots of inside pages. I didn’t really take any step out shots since I was just playing. I did take one overall shot of my table as I worked but it just shows what looks like the path of a hurricane (me) so I’ll leave that out. 🙂

Passport Gothic

Passport Gothic with Lac e

Mini Album Gothic

Mini Album Gothic















Gothic Covers

Gothic Covers

Gothic Insides

Gothic Insides

Thanks again for visiting! I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Mini Album Makers Challenge for May. Head over there to see wonderful tutorials and lots of inspiration!

Frilly and Funkie Challenge Layers of Lace















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18 Responses to Gothic Journals

  1. Anne R says:

    Oh wow Heather! You had me at the word ‘Gothic’ – your journals are absolutely stunning, I love the stained glass that you added to the larger journal – the blues you used for the stained glass, the inside cover and beautiful ribbon are gorgeous and so beautifully vibrant. I could go on an on! Thank you so much for sharing these beauties with us at Mini Album Makers this month! Anne x

  2. WOW!!! WOW!!! & WOW!!!!
    Not only did u hook me (line, sinker, & bobber!!) on ur choice of project, colors, & designs…
    but now I can see myself wanting that Passport Die, too!!!
    (Claim some commission!!! lol!)
    What a WINNER; in moho!!

  3. butterfly says:

    What amazing little books – they have a feel of medieval illuminated manuscripts for sure with all that gilding. Fabulous work. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

  4. Addie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for letting us share.

  5. These are amazing little books! So much texture!! Thanks for sharing with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge!

  6. Autumn says:

    Heather, I’ve been dying to get over here and inspect these fabulous books. Forgive me for bring late, but my kiddo has been super sick. Lynne Perrella images are some of my favorites and your experiments here just blow my mind! The way you incorporated the lace is just beautiful and I hope we’ll see more torn and tattered lace appearing in your work. It really is an amazing art form and great source of texture. Each book is just as amazing as the next. Absolute treasures! We’re thrilled that you shared with us at Mini Album Makers May challenge and Frilly and Funkie for our Layers of Lace challenge. Big hugs, Autumn

  7. stampersuzz says:

    Charming! I love the rich texture and design of your beautiful mini book. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work of art with us at Frilly and Funkie “Layers of Lace” challenge.

  8. Gibonik says:

    Oh! This is stunning! The medieval mood is gorgeous!

  9. Heather, I am excited you played along at Frilly and Funkie with these amazing journals, and were chosen as one of our favorites! Congratulations! I hope we’ll be seeing more of your wonderful creativity! Hugs! Sara Emily

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