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My Bug Journal

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
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FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Parisian Pink, 2 oz.
Item #2233
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

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FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - True Blue, 2 oz.
Item #401
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Kelly Green, 2 oz.
Item #407
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

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FolkArt ® Mediums - Floating Medium, 2 oz.
Item #868
Specially formulated for "floating" colors, this gel won't run as water can. Great for watercolor painting. Dries quickly without extenders.

$2.09

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
Item #901
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home decor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Licorice, 2 oz.
Item #938
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Fresh Foliage, 2 oz.
Item #954
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

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Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Item #CS11201
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish

$7.29

Other Supplies
Student Composition Book
Container for water
Paper towels
Foam plate
Green small print scrapbook paper
Scissors
1” Foam brush
Large width green rick rack (length of composition book)
2 White shimmer chenille sticks
4 Assorted color shimmer pom poms

Instructions

  1. Wipe composition book with a paper towel. Measure and cut scrapbook paper same size as composition book. Using 1” foam brush, apply Mod Podge to surface of composition book as well as back of scrapbook paper. Lay paper with right side up in place on the cover of the notebook. Apply pressure and smooth the paper working from the center towards the edges removing air bubbles. Once paper is smoothly adhered, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper. Allow to dry.

Painting Instructions:

  1. Trace a jar or drinking glass to create a large circle. Create as many bugs as you wish on your cover, our sample illustrates only two bugs.
  2. Basecoat paint the following areas: Bug Head – Fresh Foliage Composition Notebook Binding – True Blue. Allow to dry and reapply a second coat if necessary.
  3. Shade the outer edge of the bug’s head. Double load the No. 12 Flat Brush with Fresh Foliage and Kelly Green. Paint to shade the bug’s head keeping the Kelly Green to the outside edge.
  4. Paint two large circles of Wicker White, creating eyes. Allow to dry and reapply.
  5. Using the handle end of the No. 12 flat brush, paint two large dots of Licorice in the center of the bugs white eyes.
  6. Paint two large circles of Parisian Pink creating cheeks for the bugs. Highlight with Wicker White.
  7. Using the No. 2 Script Liner Brush loaded with thinned Licorice, paint the wiggle smile. Add a Parisian Pink tongue and outline with thinned Licorice.
  8. Still using the same No. 2 Script Liner Brush and thinned Licorice, “wigglely” outline the bug’s head and eyes. Paint the words, “My Bug Journal” in the center and personalize it with the name of your favorite bug collector.
  9. To create antennae, wrap a 6” chenille stem around a pencil, glue a pom pom to the top. Attach the antennae to the book cover by poking small holes, allow the chenille stem to slide through, fold over and tape end in place on the inside cover of the journal.
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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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