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Bird Watcher's Journal


Hi there!  Katie from KBStamps here sharing a super fun tutorial with you today.  I am going to share how I made this mixed media journal for bird watching.  

First, let's gather our supplies:


OK, let's get started!

Step 1- You can start by stamping your image on the paper with Staz On.  Then you can start adding color to your image with the various Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products.  They are perfect for mixing and matching here.  I'd use the pencils first, they don't apply well over the crayons or Gelatos, but the vice versa works well.  I added my colors and blended them all together. Once you have all of them mixed as you like them you can cut the image out.  I cut the legs and branch seperately, it was just easier to work with this way and you can't tell.



Here is what it looked like before and after I colored it.




Step 2- next you start adding your DP, tags and other elements to the cover of your journal.  I liked the red fabric at the top of the journal and wanted to incorporate it, so didn't cover it up.  Once I had all my elements glued down, I covered the entire cover (minus all but the very edge of the fabric) with modge podge to hold it all down.  I had removed the string from the tag and left the tag up just a tiny so I could re-add the string and glue it down once the majority of the modge podge was dry. 


Adding elements and then adding Modge Podge.


Step 3- Once the modge podge was dry, I added my embelishments, the cork sticker and sequins. Here is the finished journal again. 


My family and I (hubby and 6 year old daughter) recently bought a Birds of Washington bird book and we are using this journal to document our findings.  I have to share that I showed my daughter a picture of the first birds we saw (American Robin) and asked her to draw one on the first page of the book.  She blew me away by drawing both the male and the female in this journal and coloring them wonderfully.  Check it out!!!  


Aren't these incredible pictures for a 6 year old?!  I think so...but I may be biased. :)  I hope I can keep her interest up to draw all the birds we see...but that may be a challenge.  Wish me luck- lol.   and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial today and thank you for stopping by!!!!  Please also stop by my blog for a visit- KBStamps.  

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i love her robins! cool idea with the journal too.

Aww, so cute!!

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