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Journal of Gratitude -Thanksgiving Art Journal DIY

Want to make a journal for Thanksgiving? This is a very fun project, especially if you have never worked with muslin or soft canvas before! It gives the pages alot of texture. :)

Muslin fabric- ten 6" squares
Acrylic paint
Sharpies, colored pencils, etc
Embellishments (stickers, letters, etc)

Sewing Machine
Leaf Mask-Download here
Spray adhesive

1.Pair up squares of muslin together and sew around the edges, about a 1/4" seam, so that you have 5 double thickness squares for your journal.
2. Water down small amounts of acrylic paint, by using a 2 to 1 ration of water to paint.

3. Draw and cut out leaf masks, and coat the back with adhesive spray. Note: Make sure your work surface is covered or you will end up with sticky, gummy everything.

4. Temporarily adhere the leaves to some of the muslin canvas pages. Paint inside the masks with paint/water mixture. Mixing colors is nice.
5. Paint on, draw on, and design on your canvases, colored pencils work especially well, when the paint is wet or dry. Allow to air dry or use a hairdryer to speed things ups.

6. Stack the canvas squares together, and sew them up one side to create a book.

7. Use this as your own personal blessings journal or pass around to family members during the holidays. Here are a few easy journaling prompts to get you started.

  • At the end of the day,I'm most thankful for...

  • This year, I have been so fortunate...

  • Some blessings we often overlook are...

  • People in my life who I extend my gratitude towards are...

  • Tomorrow will be a brighter day because of...
    These techniques could also be used in many other projects- You could do an everyday journal, it doesn't have to be holiday themed!
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  1. lovely tutorial Katie! and very nice prompts too!

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria


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