Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Modelling week: Modroc Art Journal

We continue on our Modroc journey with Neil who used it to create AJ pages. I think it's a wonderful idea and love the effect you get from the Modroc texture covered with paints. What do you think?
Here's how Neil made his pages.

I decided to see how Modroc could be used and created a journal where the pages are created out of Modroc. To begin I cut strips of Modroc twice as long as the width. I dipped them into water and folded then over a wooden kebab skewer and then left to dry. (This takes ages so work somewhere where they won't be in the way for a day or two!)
When they are dry, paint them using acrylic paints and carefully cut a slit about two centimetres from the top and bottom and thread ribbon or lace through and tie a knot in it leaving about 5cm loose ribbon on all the ends. Once you have done this take two "pages" and using one end of ribbon from each page tie a knot to secure your pages together. Once you have done this for all your pages you have a book ready to decorate! (The skewers help keep everything together so you don't tear the pieces as you are tying them!) My book has 10 pages. 
Here are a selection of them

Using a cuttlebug folder I swiped the raised area of the folder with Aged mahogany Distress ink, ran it through the folder so that the colour was in the recesses, coloured with Tea Dye Distress and then covered it with clear UTEE and heated before cutting into squares and re-assembling.
The words I wrote say " Make your own pattern for it is still beautiful. Not everything has to be someone else's vision"

This one uses a Tando butterfly that had been inked and stamped then triple embossed with  UTEE  with some Inka Gold trapped between the second and third layers.

I've used some mica for this one. The bottom piece has some gilding flakes on it and the top one has been stamped with StazOn and the back painted with acrylic paints to highlight the image.

I made the pocket by colouring acetate with alcohol inks, stamping in black archival and removing to get the "ghost" image of the flourish and deer (Both Tim Holtz) mounting onto white card , edging with gold Krylon and attaching The tags are done using mask (crafters workshop flowers

I tried stamping directly onto the page but it tends to lift off, in this case I thought it looked a bit like worn cave painting so I stamped the words "cave paintings on the walls of my mind"

See you tomorrow


  1. Fabulous journal Neil! I am SO determined to get to one of your demos at the Craft Barn next time!

  2. Neil this is wonderful, grabbed my attention straight away so had to give it a WOW.

  3. WOW, totally stunning Neil! It is a shame it takes so long to dry as it would be fun to do a workshop with it!

  4. Totally amazing! The range of techniques you include is so inspiring and just makes me want to go and try some of them out - NOW!!!

  5. WOW! these pages are just amazing!!! x


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