The A – Z of Artful Journaling: F is for Foiling

Foiling is a lovely way to add shimmer and shine to your journal pages – or any paper you might want to add it to. There are a few different methods around, but this is the one I use, as it is quick and simple and doesn’t require a laminator.

To create this page I used:

First, I drew a pattern on the page using the glue pen. (Click on the images for a closer look.) This glue is blue when wet and clear when tacky. There are several different types of Zig 2 Way Glue Pen, and each one draws a different line. The pen I used today, created a fairly thick line, but it goes on quite thinly, so it dries quickly. The finest line can be achieved with the Squeeze and Roll pen, but it takes longer to dry. To speed up drying, you can use a hairdryer.





Once the glue was tacky (clear), I laid a strip of foil, shiny side up, over the glue and burnished it with a rag. This helps the foil transfer from the strip to the glue. You can move the foil around and go over and over the glued areas until every bit has foil on it.





This is what the foiling looked like on my page. You can foil your page before painting, or afterward. If you foil before you paint, the foil acts as a resist and the paint pools in the shapes created, which can be a lovely effect.

Once I was happy with the foiling, I painted my page using watercolours and finally dried it with a hairdryer. I love the shininess of the foil. It will look even better under my journaling lamp this evening! Thanks for reading! Back soon. xxx

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