Art Journal Nightmare?!?! Here’s an INSTANT FIX πŸ’œ(DecoArt Review)

Art Journal Nightmare?!?!  Here’s an INSTANT FIX πŸ’œ(DecoArt Review)

– What’s up, my awesome artist friends? Today I wanna talk about
what the heck do you do if you like completely screw
up an art journal page. Let me show you an example
of what I’m talking about. You’re flipping through your journal, and you’re so proud of yourself, and you’re like showing all
your friends your amazing pages, and then all of the sudden,
you’re like (fog horn blowing). I need to do something about this page. So today I’m gonna show
you my very favorite way for fixing ruined art journal pages. Let’s get started. All right, as you can see, this is my nasty, stupid journal page that really needs to be fixed. I am fresh off the boat,
okay, plane, from Scotland. I have my old and well-loved eejit apron that I’m putting on because
this technique involves a bit of a product known as matte medium to make the magic happen. Okay, I also came back
with some vintage books. Now, it’s funny, I’ve done a lot of videos with vintage book pages which usually too I refer to for things like in the States coming from the ’60s. These are truly vintage. This is one. This book is from 1829,
and the only reason I can justify using its sweet pages for collage use is that
it’s trash already. It has no cover, and because
I bought another three that I’m not ever going to touch. So that was the only way that I could do that and sleep at night. And the product that is essential to making this happen is matte medium. Now, DecoArt, my friends over there sent
me some free products to try, and I have yet to try these. But this is how I always use matte medium, so I thought I would give
their matte medium a try and see how it stands up to the use that I always use it for, and
that is for backing collage. So this is a very typical
way of how I would save or reinvent a journal page,
breathe new life into it. And that is by covering it with, well, covering it with collage and make a whole new background. So what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna just treat this as I normally would. Now, in my head I’m comparing
it to Liquitex matte medium because that’s what I normally use. So I’m not gonna lie and be like, “This is amazing,” just because it’s free product. I really am going to actually give this a pretty solid review because
I don’t really believe in telling you something’s
awesome if it’s really not. So let’s see. These are really thin pages which is why it’s nice to work with vintage books because the paper is nice
and cottony and absorbent, and it tends to soak up matte medium well. And the first thing I
notice is that it’s thinner than my Liquitex friend. I mean, I’m sorry, Liquitex is thinner. This is a little bit thicker which is neither good nor there. It’s just is. But it’s not like crazy thick, and in fact, I think
that Liquitex is actually too thin sometimes, especially, if you’re working with thicker paper or card stock, it’s almost so thin that it almost lacks some adhesion. So I’m actually kind of down with this not being super-duper thin. I also have worked with matte medium, oh, this has like a rough,
not sure I love that. This one has like a rough edge on it. It’s like the binding. I’ve worked with matte
medium that is thicker, gel medium, for example,
and that is way too thick. So I do like a liquid,
and that’s what this is. So, so far, I’m really
enjoying the texture. It has an odor, but it’s not
offensive in any way to me. I just am noticing it. But, basically, we’re gonna glue this entire thing on and let it dry. I’m gonna see how long it
takes to dry with my hairdryer and how paint goes on, on top, and then we’ll do a project. (tranquil music) Super happy with this product so far. I just shot it with my
hairdryer for maybe 60 seconds, and I’m already ready to
go on to the next step. So it’s not tacky, it’s
nice, smooth matte finish. I actually really, really like it. Compared to the Liquitex,
it’s just a little bit thicker which is kind of something
that the Liquitex needs to improve the adhesion,
especially, for the heavier pages. So let’s take this one step further. They actually sent me some other products, and I wasn’t gonna actually
even introduce them into this video, but kinda
feelin’ inspired right now, so I’m gonna keep going. I think I’m gonna go
with the glazing medium and mix it in with a little bit of white to just lighten up this little bit, this area in the center just a little bit, so I can draw a face. Oh, and just if you’re wondering what the heck a glaze even is, you actually mix it with
your acrylic paints, it has to be acrylic, and then it sort of dilutes the paint but in a way that doesn’t
compromise the integrity of the binders and the
pigments inside of it. And then it dilutes it so it
has a more transparent finish. Now, you’re supposed to
after using this product, let it cure for 48 hours,
which I’m totally not gonna do because, hello, have you met me? No patience, so off we go. So I’m kinda gonna use. I’m kinda, what I’m creating is sort of like a gesso
replacement, if you will, since they didn’t send me gesso. Kinda making up my own little thing here, so I’m using just a little bit of white from their new acrylic line. And then I’m using their glazing medium, and it would be awesome if I had a brush. All right, boom, just like that. I think you’re supposed to
do like a one-to-one, yes, so just a blob of that and a blob of this, blob them together to make friends. And I just wanna like, gonna lighten up this little bit here. (brushing) See how it’s transparent? Just, I don’t want it to like cover over. I love the newsprint, I
don’t wanna like hide it, so this is a good, if
you don’t have gesso, you can make your own
semitransparent glaze by mixing your acrylic
with your glazing medium. So that’s what I’m doing here. Huge thanks to DecoArts for
sending me some cool products to demo for you guys. (tranquil music) Now, using my all-time favorite
drawing tool in the world, the Stabilo All pencil. (tranquil music) Stabilo is really great because all you need is a little
bit of water to activate or to make the solid
lines really come to life. It really transforms into watercolor, and that’s all I’m using for
this, just Stabilo and water. If you have questions about this process, you can leave them in the
comment section below, and I’m happy to take your
questions at any time. (tranquil music) Now, I’m not taking this
project too seriously. This was just a quick demo to show you that it really is easy to breathe new life into a messed up journal page
or a journal page gone wrong or something that you hate. Just, collage is just
a natural background, text works great, music pages
is another great suggestion, and a lot of times I also use just like dollar store
napkins or tissue paper. But it makes a really
lovely backdrop for faces, for flowers, so don’t be mad
if you have a journal page that you’re not loving. Just try to embrace it, get some of your favorite
collage papers together, grab some matte medium in the
manufacturer of your choice, and you can just start
kind of making pages that you love instead of hate. This girl’s eyes are super wonky. I’m not even worried about it. I enjoyed my time today, and
thank you, again, to DecoArts for sending me some products to try out. I’m very pleased with
both, thanks so much. Don’t forget to subscribe
to see the new videos I have coming out every single Friday. Thanks guys.


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