Vintage Cash Ledger Journal

HF0A4132I bought this ledger on Etsy and I love it.  I started adding mixed media pages to it recently and I thought I would share the process.

HF0A4134I lightly gesso the pages allowing the lines to peek through.

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I add random marks and added some ephemera with gel medium.

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I really love these Golden Fluid Acrylics because they are thinner they do not add a lot of bulk to my pages.  You can also just water down your paints.

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Add more random marks to add depth to the page.

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Here is the end result.  At the end of each project I like to take note of what I learned and what I loved about the layout.  I try not to focus too much on what I do not love about this layout.  I journal to learn and to express my emotions through art.  It ONLY needs to make sense to you.  Twyla Tharp describes this type of thing as scratching in her book, The Creative Habit.  It is definitely a book I will read again and again.  But I like her thoughts on what she calls “scratching”.  She is a dancer but her book is universal to creatives.  I have decided that art journaling is my way of scratching.  I work out so much and exercise my creative brain.