Thursday, February 10, 2011

Personalize Journals With Your Images

If you're looking for a personalized gift idea, look no further. A journal is a great gift idea any time of year because it's a simple gift that anyone can use. Personalize it with one of your photographs, and it can really add something special. Following is a simple project to create a unique journal that you can grace with your own photography.
Tools You’ll Need
  • Journal
  • Exacto Knife
  • Ruler or Straight Edge
  • Gel Medium
  • Artist Tape
  • Applicator (foam brush)

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Find a journal of your liking and make sure that the surface will respond well to the Gel Medium. The Gel Medium acts as an adhesive and sealant. Measure the cover of the journal and use a photograph that fits well into the dimensions of your cover.
First, place your photograph on the surface of the cover and use your artist tape to create a border/frame around the image. Remove the photograph and apply Gel Medium (with your foam brush or other applicator) to the surface of the journal and the back of the image. Mount the image onto the journal immediately, making sure your corners of the images are flat and there is no curl to them.
Let the Gel Medium dry for about 5 minutes, and then apply the Medium directly onto to the front of the photograph. You want to apply one coat at a time and wait 5 minutes before each coat, which will insure that the sealant dries clear. I find that 3 coats of Gel Medium provides substantial protection for the image. Carefully remove your artist tape after an hour or so, and let the Gel dry over night. This will allow the Gel to harden and fully seal the image to the journal.

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