February 15, 2017

Art Journal using a Penny Black Stamp

Ok... I saved the best for last! lol This is my fave journal page I made recently. The more I play around in my journal, the more my style is evolving. Finding your own style can take a loooong time. I don't want to copy anyone. I want to make my own work, and make it for me, you know?

So, here it is....Drum roll please...


Art Journal Page

Ohhhh! I just love it! I couldn't be more happy! There's a nice sized blank space on the left side of the page. I am actually going to do some word journaling in there. I left that space empty on purpose When the time comes that I do that, I'll post an updated pic here. I just had to share it!

The Products I Used & Some of the Techniques:
  • Gesso
  • Gray Acrylic Paint - Actually, its Apple Barrel craft paint from Walmart (really watered down)
  • Pink Acrylic/Craft Paint 
  • Black Acrylic/Craft Paint
  • Texture Paste
  • Stencil
  • Colored Pencils (emphasized the Flower)
  • Black Marker & Black Pen
  • Penny Black Stamp & Black Archival Ink
  • A little bit of Black Archival Inked randomly on the page
  • A water bottle cap dipped in paint 
  • White Paint splattered on the page
It's crazy to me how much money I've spent on expensive products and I'm learning that some of these cheap supplies can achieve nice results. I'm kind of angry that I spent so much money in the past. I've heard a master Artists/Teacher say "it's not about the supplies, it's about mastering the supplies". OMG!! He was so right! Have you ever seen the "cheap supply" YouTube challenges? Check them out! It's eye opening.

Don't get me wrong here, I see a huge difference between cheapie craft paint and artists grade paint such as Golden Fluid Acrylics. But right now, I'm just as happy with the cheap craft paint. I'm not looking to make master work here. I'm looking to have fun and let go. That's what I'm doing this for. I feel like if I have expensive supplies, I'm too afraid to use them. I hoard them really.

Anyway, let go in your journal and have fun today! I promise it will be healing.

Thank you so much for stopping by!XOXO!

Another Autumn Journal Page

Back in the October of 2016 I made a mixed media type of journal page that was Autumn themed. (You can see that Journal Page here: Mother Nature Sees You ) I really liked that page, so I thought I'd make a different version of it.

  1. I started by gluing down book pages first. I know, they really disappeared and you cant see them much.
  2. Gesso went over the top of the pages
  3. Once the gesso was dry, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Paint. The color is Mermaid Lagoon. It's a nice bright happy blue isn't it?
  4. Next, I randomly stamped a script stamp using black Archival Ink
  5. I applied Texture Paste through a Prima Stencil. (That's the crackly shapes in the corners of the page.)
  6. Once the texture paste was dry, I went over the texture paste directly with Stickles
  7. I already had a leaf template from when I did the "Mother Nature Sees You" Journal Page. So, I used that template to trace more leaves onto a manila file folder. 
  8. The leaves were painted with pink craft paint, cut out, and glued to the page
  9. I did somewhat shade around the leaves using a grayish type of acrylic paint.
  10. Of course I had to add little pearl embellishments all over the page. They were glued in place
  11. The quote "Those who don't  believe in magic will never find it" comes from one of Tim Holtz Sticker Books. I glued the sticker to a piece of printer paper before gluing that to the page.
  12. I outlined the piece of paper the sticker was on with more stickles on. I love sparkles!
Here's the left side of the page:

Here's the right side of the page:

Art journal page And that's the 2nd version of the page. Pretty plain and simple, which is OK! I just want to enjoy myself in my creations. Thanks for stopping by!

A quick journal page with a Gelato background

This was a quick journal page....


  1. The background was made using Gelatos.I  do love how nicely pink and yellow blend together. I applied yellow in the center of the page and pink around the edges of the page.
  2. Blend the Gelatos one color at a time using a wet finger. Then blend the colors together where they meet
  3. Seal the Gelatos with gel medium, as Gelatos are not permanent.
  4. I drew the wonky shapes with pencil
  5. Paint the wonky shapes white with Acrylic Paint.
  6.  Go in the wonky shapes with a black marker to make stripes
  7. A water bottle cap was dipped in black acrylic paint and white acrylic paint and stamped onto the page
  8. Add a few dots of black paint in the corners
  9. Last thing- add my quote with Archival Ink "KEEP GOING"
Keep going peeps!!

Thanks for stopping by!! XOXO