In this video tutorial we will see How to Create a portal in book pages, Junk Journals, or Altered Books. We continue with the altered book. It is not about the end product as much as it is about just getting into your creative space and letting your spirit fly.
Portals in a Junk Journal
Portals are places to go through the pages of the altered book. We cut out holes for pictures to be set.
- Today I am working with two different Papillons (Butterflies) from The Graphics Fairy that I downloaded.
- Glue stick is preferable for this project since it is a relatively dry adhesive that won’t produce wrinkles.
- Cover the page thoroughly with your glue stick as shown in our video. As you can see, I prefer working from the back to the front.
- Glueing several sheets together works well with portal making; I like to glue at least four pages together for a portal.
- A bone folder is the best option to smooth out the pages, but a credit card, ruler, or even scissors among others can be used.
The portal ideally should be smaller than the image for it to be easily taped to the back page. First decide where to place your image. Mine is angled a bit as you see.
How to Create a Portal in a Junk Journal Page
Use a ruler to mark corner points, then draw lines between the points. Watercolor pencils are best to draw lines as the lines can be removed with water if needed. Using a glass mat or cutting mat, make a cutout for the image to be placed with a sharp razor knife and a metal sided ruler. Take your time cutting, and make three or four passes instead of pressing down hard since the craft knife can slip.
Washi tape is perfect to affix the Papillon image to the back page. Color along the edges of the inserted image frame with a sharpie. Now we’ll use some watercolor paints around the portal and cover most of the page. Play with it and have fun. Work at your on pace and enjoy!
May joy be with you all,
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