Junk Journal Easel Panel

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!!

It’s Tracey here, and it’s so wonderful to be back creating for another term with amazing Little Birdie Crafts products! I have always adored junk journals and the vintage shabby style that goes along with them, but can’t seem to commit to creating an entire journal, so I thought . . . “What if I create a panel in this beautiful style?” This lovely creation is the result. Think tea dyed papers, vintage style ephemera from the ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ collection, dyed laces, vintage sewing basked items, and gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers. . .

Be sure to scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section to discover all the details on how to create a junk journal panel of your own in this step by step photo tutorial.

Tips and Techniques:

Step 1:

This easel panel started out with bold Valentine graphics. I found it a while back in the holiday clearance section and thought it would be a great base for a project. It’s about 4×8″ in size. All it needed was several coats of white gesso.

If you don’t have an easel panel, you could use a wood panel, canvas or even a piece of heavy chipboard cut to the desired size.

Step 2:

To get the junk journal effect I was looking for, I tea-dyed several vintage book pages from a variety of sources (regular book, dictionary, poetry book), a small doily, and some packing paper. I just used leftover tea leaves to brew some extra strong tea, then poured it into a plastic basin that was large enough for the pages. I dipped the papers into the tea, then set them aside to dry. If you want a deeper stain, you could dip them a couple times, or use strong coffee instead of tea.

Step 3:

Tear the pages into pieces to fit across the board. I used two layers of the unprinted packing paper across the back which I glued down, then tore a little larger than the panel base. I tore and adhered smaller printed pieces and the doily over that. I left plenty of space at the edges that wasn’t glued down, so that lace can be tucked in under the paper layers. The paper edges are colored with distress Ink to give more of that vintage feel. I even rubbed the ink lightly across the front of some of the lighter areas.

Step 4:

Next, dry brush over the entire piece with white gesso using a fan brush. Be sure to use a light touch so that the text and grungy edges will still be visible.

Step 5:

I cut sections from several pieces of old white lace that I had in my stash. I colored the lace strips with Cool Spa and Black Pearl Archival multi-surface paint. I only used a drop or two of blue and touched the tip of my brush into the black to get just a small amount to blend this more vibrant blue into a soft grey blue. I wanted just a hint of blue on the lace so used a lot of water to thin this paint. The lace is dragged through the watery paint, and set aside to dry.

Step 6:

I used more of this watery paint solution to color the creases and edges of the papers using a wash brush. If you’re not sure how much color is in your watery solution, brush a little on scrap paper first to make sure you have the color and light wash you’re looking for.

Step 7:

Adhere your embellishments. I selected several vintage pieces from the gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic Bouquet Ephemera Pack and flowers from the Shabby Chic collection along with vintage buttons from my stash.

Step 8:

This ‘Swirl Corners’ primed chipboard fits the style and proportion of this piece just perfectly. The primed finish fits the design as well. You can see a couple vintage snaps I tucked in alongside the vintage button as well.

Don’t you just adore the shimmer of glitter on the Little Birdie Ephemera?

The vintage clock and bottle from the ephemera pack are perfect for this junk journal style creation! The strip of vintage hooks is also from my stash. You can use any little embellishments you happen to have. That’s the fun of junk journaling.

Here you can see how soft and pretty the dyed lace looks tucked in under layers of paper.

Here’s one final look of the finished panel.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
MDF Easel Board – 4×8″
Tea Stained Vintage Book Pages and Packing Paper
Tim Holtz ~ Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz ~ Clippings Stickers
Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy
Lace Pieces
Vintage: Buttons; Hooks; Snaps

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to use Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a Junk Journal home decor piece.

~ Blessings ~


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