art journal page – journey

IMG_0136This double-page spread is the first in my new Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.  The orientation of the pages scared me at first because it’s not the traditional shape and I was worried that a two-page spread would be awkward in this format.  I tried to carry the theme across the page length-wise using some textured modeling paste, tissue tape, stamping and stickers.


The spread started with gesso as the base layer to prime the watercolour paper.  The paper curled quite a bit at the edges as more layers were applied so I’m learning how to control that a little better (this may be futile!).  The paint layer is a combination of two colours of inexpensive craft paint that had a metallic sheen to them.  The beauty about art journaling is that you can use what you already have at home as well as inexpensive products.  They still get the job done!  Next, I added some texture using modeling paste mixed with Ranger Perfect Pearls powder.  I was disappointed that the shimmer of the Perfect Pearls didn’t come through in the modeling paste but you never know these things until you try them!  This mixture was applied using a palette knife through a stencil.  This layer was finished with purple paint splatters using the same brand of metallic craft paint.


Next came the ephemera.  The images are from Graphic 45 and the ticket die cuts are from Tim Holtz.  I doodled around the edges of the tickets and added the sentiments with alphabet stamps.  The postage sticker is also Tim Holtz and the number stamps are from Bo Bunny.  I finished the spread by adding the white border using gesso and an old credit card.

This spread was a learning experience as all of them are!  The colours are a bit dark for my liking and working across a long, two-page spread was a challenge.  On to the next!


Liquitex Gesso

DecoArt Metallic craft paints – Moss Pearl, Royal Ruby & Purple Pearl

Tim Holtz tissue tape

Tim Holtz Alterations Ticket Strip die cut

Tim Holtz Ideology French Industrial stickers

Bo Bunny typewriter number stamps

Graphic 45 “Come Away With Me” journaling & ephemera cards

Golden modeling paste

Ranger Perfect Pearls – Blue Patina



art journal page – the road less traveled


This page started with the desire to play with my Liquitex Basics acrylic paints.  I also wanted to use the photo of the wooden bridge that I had taken a few years ago.  I started spreading the red and green paints using a credit card.  The paint was very smooth and a little went a long way.  I chose some patterned scrapbook papers and a book page to use behind the photo to help make it the focal point.


I used the credit card again to paint the white stripes with Gesso towards to photo.  The white splatters are also Gesso with a little water to make it more fluid.  The circles were made using a circle stencil and I painted them with Gesso using my finger.  I used yellow watercolour paint over them to tone down the whiteness on the page.


The sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock and then cut out to glue onto the page.  I finished the page by adding the lace and ribbon along the edge of the photo and doodled around the circles and the photo.  Lastly I used the credit card to paint the black border around the whole page.


Liquitex gesso

Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint (phthalocyanine green & olizarin crimson)

Americana black acrylic paint

Scrapbook papers and book page

Pink ribbon

Melissa Frances lace

Yellow watercolour paint

Typewriter letter stamps

White cardstock

Faber Castell PITT black artist pen

Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

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Firstly, I sincerely thank you for visiting my blog.  This has been a goal of mine for a long time and now is the time!

As a self-taught mixed-media artist, I am constantly searching, experimenting, learning, and creating.  The artists I admire the most admit that when they sit down at their art table, they have no plan.  Only the desire to create and play.  That’s me!  I take a number of days to complete an art journal page and I have at least two pages on the go at the same time (when one is drying, I work on the other!).  Getting stuck happens to everyone.  My first goal with this blog is to keep practicing and studying the craft so that those moments of “I’m stuck” or “That’s ugly” become less and less.

Me second goal is to learn those “artist basics” such as colour, flow, layout, etc.  I don’t have the colour wheel memorized and I admit that I use reference materials.  That’s how we learn!  I am practicing listening to my inner voice that says, “Try this” or “What if?”.  I find the more I listen, the better my work.

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