I know this isn’t an Art Journal Page, but my husband has recently finished my new craft room (yay!) and I wanted a notice board to place all my happy memories, inspirations and to-do lists, so I thought I would create my own magnetic board. I have been saving paper bags from shops that I visited on holiday in America. I love that my new board reminds me of my travels, the only problem is I don’t want to cover it up with anything now.
I started with a metal wall art sign, which I bought cheaply from a local outlet store as it seems this particular saying is now out of fashion. In fact this was cheaper than sourcing a piece of metal from the DIY store.
I made a collage with the paper bags that I had collected over the years, I am really pleased to find a use for them as I loved them and didn’t want to throw them away and instead of having them sit in my drawer they are now bright and cheery on the wall of my craft room. I tore the bags to fit and then created a distressed look on the edges using a Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Next I used neat PVA to bond them onto the metal. I didn’t need to white gesso the surface first as the brown paper bags were thick enough and the sentiment didn’t show through. Once the piece had dried I covered the whole surface with three layers of watered down PVA, leaving it to dry between applications. The finished surface has a very slight shine to it, which I really like. I am so pleased with the results and am now planning to make my own magnets from dice and sea-glass which we collect on our travels.
Here’s my notice board finished, doesn’t it look wonderful and it reminds me of my fabulous American journeys. I thought this would fit in with Erica’s Journey theme over at Art Journal Journey. I hope you like the results too.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Here is a list of all the materials used to create this notice board:
- Metal wall art sign
- Faber-Castell Big Brush marker (Sanguine 188)
- Paper bags