Radiant Neon Blog Hop

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I’ve created an exciting Art Journal for my project in the  IMAGINE Crafts and Stampendous Blog Hop this week.  My project incorporated Radiant Neon inks from IMAGINE Crafts with Stampendous Nathalie Kalbach and Mixed Media Stamps, along with the Stack Art Kit accentuated with Frantage Fragments in coordinating neon colors.


I had no agenda when I started out with this book except for the supplies that I was going to use – this book just evolved as it went along, a true artist journal that I’m very excited about filling up.  And yes, the spine of the book is actually peyote beaded with cube beads, complete with fringe on the sides.  But the beadwork is a complete separate tutorial LOL














Here’s the book that I used to create my Art Journal, which measures approximately 10˝ square.  I started by sanding the entire cover of the book to get rid of the glossy finish.  I then applied to layers of gesso over the entire cover, working in a cross hatch pattern to add some texture while adding layers.  Once dry, I used a Sponge Dauber to apply (think highlights) Electric Coral.  Use a heat tool to set the Radiant Neon ink since it is pigment ink and if not dried completely will blend into the gesso on the next layers.  I repeated this process of applying a coat of gesso with Radiant Neon inks in the following order – gesso and Electric Orange, gesso and Electric Yellow, finishing with a coat of Electric Yellow.  Allow to dry completely.













With the prep work done, the real fun with inks began!  I started by using the ink splotch template enclosed with the  NK Studio Grunge Cling Rubber Stamps set and using Electric Green ink applied the ink through the stencil onto the cover.  I then flipped the stencil 180º and added more ink, concentrating the ink along the edges of the stencil so the edges would be darker.

I then addend more stamps to the book cover with Electric Blue and Electric Purple inks with stamps from the NK Studio Wired Cling and Grunge Cling Stamps along with the Mixed Media Cling Rubber Brush Strokes set.


Using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, I stamped the Follow Your Art stamp in the lower right hand corner, then sprinkled black embossing powder onto the cover of the book.  Because the Radiant Neon inks weren’t completely dried, the black embossing powder also clung to different areas of the book cover.  I heat set the embossing powder and then allowed to cool down.

Because I love texture sprays, I decided that the irRESISTibles would be the perfect addition to the cover of this book.  I began by misting the cover with irRESISTible in Dandelion and Tangelo since they are close to the Radiant Neon colors.  Be sure to allow the irRESISTible to dry completely.  With the stencil found in the Wired Cling stamp set, I masked the rest of the book cover with paper towels and then sprayed the irRESISTible Bahama Blue.  I let the cover of the book dry while working on the Stack Art embellishment.

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Using the large tag from the Stack Art Royal Heart set, paint a couple of coats of gesso onto the tag.  With a Sponge Dauber, apply Electric Green ink over the entire tag and blend.  Lay the circle stencil onto the tag and use the Sponge Dauber to generously apply more Electric Green ink darker than the base layer.  From the Stack Art kit, stamp the diamond pattern with Electric Blue onto the tag, followed with the text stamp inked with Electric Purple.  Heat set the entire tag with clear embossing powder.















For added texture and a little more color, I began to add the Frantage Fragments onto the Stack Art Kit. Along the edge of the large tag I applied adhesive and then added the Hot Orange Fragments.  The shield piece is covered with Hot Blue, with the crown being adorned with the Hot Lime and the heart with Hot Pink.  I used the enclosed die cut adhesive to hold all the chipboard pieces together.  If you haven’t used the Fragments before, remember that you can crush the pieces down smaller (with just your fingers!) to fill in the gaps when covering large areas.


To finish the book, I added the completed Stack Art embellishment to the cover of the book.  As shown earlier, I adhered the beaded spine to the book and finished things off with ribbons and fibers.  Now I can’t wait to fill my Art Journal with some amazing projects!



IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Radiant Neon inks (Electric Yellow, Electric Coral, Electric Orange, Electric Purple, Electric Blue, Electric Green), Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, irRESISTible Texture Spray (Tangelo, Dandelion, Bahama Blue), Embossing Powder (Clear and Black), Jumbo Daubers, Craft Mat

Stampendous  Stack Art Cling Rubber Stamps Royal Heart Kit, NK Studio Grunge Cling Rubber Stamps, NK Studio Wired Cling Rubber Stamps, Mixed Media Cling Rubber Brush Strokes, Follow Your Art Cling Stamp, Frantage Color Fragments (Hot Blue, Hot Orange, Hot Lime, Hot Pink)

Other Supplies  gesso, sandpaper, adhesive, brushes, heat tool



Here’s who is hopping today from IMAGINE Crafts:

Darsie Bruno

Nancy Hawes

And joining us from the Stampendous Design Team is:

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

Jamie Martin

Krissy Fossmeyer

Tobi Crawford

Tenia Nelson

Wendy Price

Rhea Weigand

Lea Kimmel

Suzanne Czosek

***Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.  You can check out the Official Rules for all our contests if you have questions.

If you missed any of the previous days of the Hop, select one of these links to take a look at the artists and the projects that they created:  MONDAY May 19thTUESDAY May 20th, Wednesday May 21st, and Thursday May 22nd.

31 Responses

  1. Heather Thompson

    That is such a neat idea. I love the book you choose. Outcome was awesome.

  2. Wow…a masterpiece…love the altered book, so creative!!

  3. Allie Gower

    Very cool, I love all the layers and patterns. I bet the spine is gorgeous.

  4. Great job on the book, never thought of sending the cover down!

  5. Debbie V

    Nice size book and cool design

  6. marylouh

    Love the idea of distressing an old book and using it for an album. the spine looks great.
    Completely fun cover. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

  7. Amazing journal! Love your work, it always inspires.

  8. This is awesome! Love all the bright cheery colors & the texture.

  9. LOVE this journal cover!

  10. Love your art journal!!

  11. barbara macaskill

    I love your book! The spine is absolutely amazing!!! Have fun filling it up! TFS!

  12. barbara lassiter

    Awesome project and wonderful way to get started on a journal. All the techniques you showed look like so much fun! Thanks for all the ideas!

  13. Blue Rose

    Amazing journal. Love all the textures you used, and those little chipboard pieces are great. Good job.

  14. Kathy Burgess

    Really like your journal cover!

  15. Your book is just fabulous. I love everything you did to the cover, and all the textures you got are so fun!

  16. Carol Mc

    Absolutely love your cover.

  17. Looks like that was a lot of layers but also a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing another thing you can make!

  18. Cynthia Xavier

    You are a true artist. Your book cover is fantastic and it looks like you put your heart and soul into it. Great art work!

  19. Jan Westcott

    Great project, thanks for sharing.

  20. Iris Soscia

    Great little art book – the new colors are so luscious.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  21. Suzi Metcalfe

    Dreaming of mixed media. . .Wow! Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Ohmigosh, John, you really got it all in here, didn’t you! What an amazing work of art. You’re going to smile every time you open that book to add another super cool project! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week. We’ve had a blast, and we hope your team has, too!

  23. Christie Anderson

    Lovely mixed media

  24. Robin Buchholz

    Wow, what a gorgeous art journal! Thank you for the inspiration.

  25. Michel E

    Great art journal.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  26. A very lovely work of art, im thinking .

  27. LURVE it, hun!!! Man….I miss ya, dearie!!! Hope all is well…..

  28. What an awesome altered journal! Would love to see what you do on the inside! I’ve really enjoyed playing along with your team this week!

  29. Wow! I look forward to seeing more of your art.

  30. Wow John, this is incredible! Way to use those fabulous new fragments for your tag! This canvas has a beautiful balance of rich texture and airiness. Like a boss. 😉 TFS

  31. What a beautiful cover on your journal… I love all the textures and colors!

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