“Highly Prized”…(Part 3)

…a Sketchbook Challenge, Art Journal Treasure Box Step-by-Step Tutorial! – Part 3 – The Finale

(If you haven’t already, go here to see Part 1 and Part 2)

Step 6

Adding text and images.  I wanted to add a quote that was both inspirational and had something to do with this idea of “treasure” that I had in my head.  I couldn’t find just the right quote, so I had to invent one myself.  The words wrap continuously around the box.

ART is a treasure, and she who pursues it courageously helps her SOUL find paradise.

Art Journal Treasure Box - text

And, for an image, the first thing that popped in my mind when thinking of the theme is a magpie.  I’m not sure if it is really true or not, but I have often heard the story that a magpie is a collector of treasures, colorful, bright and shiny.  I’m kind of like that, actually – I love bright colors, glitter and sparkles.  I have a girlfriend who insists I must have been a magpie in a previous life.  Perhaps this simply helps to keep me childlike.  That’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking to it.

I found a magpie image I liked and cut it out to use as a stencil for applying some interference paint.  (The shimmery stuff)

Art Journal Treasure Box - interference paint

This will add a golden glow all around the bird.  (If you wanted, you could also just use the cut out and collage it in place if you prefer not to paint the bird afterward.)  I held him in place and dry brushed a thin layer of gold interference paint all around the bird.

Art Journal Treasure Box - stenciling

Once that was dry I painted in the bird and thought he should be holding a paintbrush in his beak.  (Art supplies being the treasure in question , of course.)

Art Journal Treasure Box - letters and bird

Step 7

Now on to some detailing.  I went over all the letters with a white Sharpie paint marker, giving them a shadow to make them pop.

Art Journal Treasure Box - white shadow on letters

The last step was to add some finishing line work to the bird and paintbrush.  Then a coat of spray fixative to protect it.  The completed treasure box:

Art Journal Treasure Box - completed

It is the perfect size to hold a watercolor moleskin sketchbook, a watercolor palette, and a few drawing pens.

Art Journal Treasure Box - with art treasures

Hope you enjoyed the journey through this little “Highly Prized” project.  This particular box is being given away as part of the One World One Heart Event going on until Feb. 17/11.  If you haven’t entered yet, you can here. Maybe you will be the lucky one to take this home to fill with your own treasures.

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3 Responses

  1. Lavender Dreams
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    This is fun to see something take shape! I didn’t actually SEE my comment come up on the OWOH so I hope you’ll let me know if I need to try again! I would SO love to win! Hugs! ♥

  2. Kelly Watts
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    What a great little project. I love the outcome, it is so vibrant and beautiful. Fabulous quote too!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Welcome to the ‘Artist Blog Hop’, I hope you enjoy going through all the many talented artists who have joined.
    Hugs and blessings
    Kelly Watts

  3. CherylBM
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    Thanks, ladies. Glad you enjoyed the project. It was fun to do.

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