art journal page – where beauty begins

where beauty begins

This has been a work in progress for a number of weeks, unfortunately.  Life gets busy, especially around the holidays!  This page was inspired by Dina Wakley’s books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage (both of which are excellent and you should buy them!)  One of her suggestions is to use a silhouette as a focal point for a page.  I found this image in a magazine, I simply cut it out and painted over the image with gesso to make it white.  The background began with a layer of gesso and then a layer of Americana craft paints in contrasting colours.

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I used a background stamp with Versafine ink to make “scratches” into the background and two stencils with white and turquoise inks to print the flowers and some tiny circles.  A little bit of washi tape and tissue tape and black alphabet stickers came next.  I finished off the background with pink craft paint applied with bubble wrap to tie the page together.

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The final piece was the fabric heart encircled with twine.  The sentiment came from a magazine advertisement that I thought was appropriate.  I finished the page by outlining the silhouette and the heart with a black pen.

Despite the time it took to complete this page (it sat on my dining room table for a long time!), every time I passed by it I came up with a different idea.  I find if I let a page “breathe” for a little while, even just an hour, it really helps the creativity.  The best part is seeing it again and realizing that you still like it!

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Americana Craft Paint – Calypso Blue, Orange Twist, Vivid Violet

Black Alphabet Stickers

Tim Holtz Tissue Tape

Washi Tape

Folkart Stencil – Caribbean

Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers

Brilliance Pigment Ink – Moonlight White

VersaFine Ink – Black


Fabric (heart)

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Scratches

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen