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Gussy Up your Plain Jane Journal using Shimmering Acrylics and Polishing Plaster on Chipboard

Tired of your plain Jane journal? I was! What better way to change it up than using Shimmering Acrylic Paint and Polishing Plaster with your favorite chipboard? Get chunky and get funky!!


I am a certified chipboard junkie, I love using my favorite pieces as stencils. Once you use them in this fashion, you still have the chipboard to use on another project. Two for one deal! I started with the honeycomb piece found in Prima Marketing's Decorative chipboard, "Powerful Bees." It was just the right size for this journal.


Painting a journal with Shimmering matte acrylics
Getting creative with my plain jane journal

Using the chipboard as a stencil, I applied Perfect Paints, Polishing Plaster "Oyster Bay," liberally to the piece to ensure a nice thick imprint of the inside of the honeycomb.

Using Polishing Plaster to Chipboard
Adding Polishing Plaster to Chipboard as a stencil

Journal closeup of polishing plaster
Closeup of Polishing Plaster on Journal

Once dried, it had an amazing thick texture that really stood out. The Oyster Bay color gives it a clay like look that is unique. We didn't stop there...

Closeup of Polishing Plaster
Polishing Plaster Dimension is amazing!

It was time to add a little shimmering color with Perfect Paints Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint in Bright Gold. I realized later that they have a paint called "Beehive," if I had that one I would have used it. Then we added just a hint on the top, then we added Perfect Paints Shimmering Matter Acrylic Paint in Vintage Patina on the bottom of each raised honeycomb portions.

Closeup Shimmering Acrylics to the Polishing Plaster
Adding some Shimmering Acrylics to the Polishing Plaster

A close-up of the shimmering paint applied to the Polishing plaster.

Closeup Polishing Plaster & Shimmering Acrylics
Closeup Polishing Plaster & Shimmering Acrylics

Now its time to paint up the chipboard itself, using a bee from Prima Marketing's "Powerful Bees," chipboard set. I used Perfect Paints Shimmer Matte Acrylic paints in " Bright Gold, Vintage Patina, and Cantaloupe." The Cantaloupe is almost a perfect match to the color of the journal, so it was subtle. Wait until you see what we did to the rest of the cover, hold tight, we are getting there.


Painting chipboard with Shimmering Acrylics
Painting chipboard with Shimmering Acrylics
Finished painted chipboard with Shimmering Acrylics
Finished painted chipboard with Shimmering Acrylics

Here is the bee with some Vintage Patina and Cantaloupe Shimmering Matte Acrylics added.

Adding additional Shimmering Acrylics to my chipboard bee
Adding additional Shimmering Acrylics to my chipboard bee

I grabbed another smaller piece of honeycomb and slathered it with Shimmering Matte Acrylic paint in "Bright Gold."

Finished chipboard pieces painted with Shimmering Acrylics
Finished Chipboard pieces painted with Shimmering Acrylics

Now we have our textured background on the journal and all our pieces painted and ready to assemble.

Closeup Chipboard pieces painted with Shimmering Acrylics
Closeup Chipboard pieces painted with Shimmering Acrylics

I assembled all the parts and pieces and adhered them to the journal using Glossy Accents. Once it was adhered, I used it to fill in the empty portions of the chipboard to give it dimension.

Closeup of Journal
Closeup of Journal

I took the tail of my paintbrush to add little specks of "Bright Gold" shimmering paint to give it the appearance of gold flecks. Now for the surprise, using the Bright Gold again along with the Cantaloupe, I painted the cover giving it an ombre effect. I was so happy with the results. Plus I used the piece of chipboard I used earlier to use paint to fill in the empty portion to give a slight appearance of honeycombs in the upper right corner.


Once I let it dry for hours, I put the band on and it was ready to go.

Closeup of Journal
Closeup of Journal

Closeup of Journal
Closeup of Journal

The final journal without the band shows the full effect of painting the entire front cover. I cant wait to take this with me next week and all the oohs and aahs I am going to get.

Finished Journal
Finished Jounal!

Don't be afraid to alter everyday things that you have around the house, that is what makes it so much fun. ~Candy Rosenberg

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