art journal page – what is art (journal52)

what is art 6I’m a little behind with the weekly prompts (didn’t take me long!) but here’s week 3 “Conversation Starters” for Journal52.  I thought the question “What is art?” might stir up a little discussion.

I started with a base layer of gesso followed by the same technique I used on my previous page (and same colour scheme).  I alternated between four brightly coloured craft paints and spread them on with a brush, mixing white to soften the colour a little bit.

what is artI added some texture using patterned scrapbook papers and drywall tape.  Then I stenciled on top of that.

what is art 1More stenciling in bright colours and drippage down from the top of the page.  I just wanted to keep making a mess!

what is art 2Then came the focal image.  I didn’t find a picture that I thought was appropriate so I decided to go against the grain and use a tag instead of an actual image.  I sprayed the tag with two glimmer mists by Tattered Angels and set it aside to dry.  Some white paint splatters added some interest and texture.

what is art 3Then more of a mess!  Drywall tape for more texture, stenciling, bubble wrap stamping and drippage.

what is art 5Adding the sentiment and yarns was next.  Gluing the tag down onto the page was a bit of a challenge and took many heavy bottles to keep it weighed down enough until it dried.  Final touches were the black circles and splatters and some doodles and outlines and black and white.

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Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – Gumdrop, Snowy Pine

Americana craft paints – Calypso Blue, Melon, Warm White, Baby Pink, Vivid Violet

DecoArt Metallics craft paint – Purple Pearl

Patterned Scrapbook Papers

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Drywall Tape

Crafters Workshop Stencil – Mini Retro Squares

Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers

6 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ Manilla Tag

Alphabet Stamps

VersaFine Ink – Black

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Faber-Castell PITT Pens – Black

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  As always, I welcome any comments and suggestions.  Until next time!


art journal page – be messy (journal52)

be messy 6This art journal page is my submission for Week 2 “Just Be” for Journal 52.  I have to admit that this was not my first attempt at this week’s prompt.  I had made another page that started with an image transfer but my layers just kept getting worse and worse as I went along.  Needless to say, that page didn’t make the cut.  This page is in my Moleskine watercolour journal and all I wanted to do was just be free to make a mess!  At the same time, I wanted to practice my layering techniques.  I find I’m most attracted to art journal pages that have lots of paint and collage layers…the busier the better!  I love to look at the details on each page.  This page was inspired by Donna Downey and her techniques that she posts on her YouTube channel.  She has a great way of freely brushing on paint and mixing colours together so I wanted to give it a shot.

be messy 1   I only used inexpensive craft paints for the first layer because they are more fluid than my Basics acrylic paints.  I wanted to spread a generous amount of paint onto the page just using my fingers.  I mixed the teal and purple colours alternately with white to spread it around.

be messy 2I added the melon colour next using the same technique, spreading it around with my fingers and mixing in some white.

be messy 4For the next layer I stamped on pink paint with bubble wrap and purple archival ink using a Tim Holtz circular stamp.

be messy 5I added Smash tape to help mute the background for the focal image and sentiment.  Without the tape, these would get lost on the page.  It helps them to stand out a bit more.

be messy 6I pulled the stamped image out of my stash.  I had painted it a few months ago to practice with some of my paints and brushes.  The colours worked out perfectly with the page so it has found a home!  The sentiment is stamped on Tim Holtz’s ticket strip die cut and coloured with Distress Inks.

be messy 7  I really enjoyed making this page.  It went fairly quickly (I rarely finish a page in one day).  This page felt a little freer and more relaxed than my previous pages.  I’m trying to get it out of my head that every page needs to be a work of “art”.  Just play….and be messy!!

be messy 8Supplies:

Americana acrylic craft paints – Calypso Blue, Baby Pink, Lamp Black, Vivid Violet, Melon, Warm White, Desert Turquoise

DecoArt Metallics craft paint – Purple Pearl

Bubble Wrap

Tim Holtz circle stamp

Distress Ink – Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers

Smash Tape

Uniball Signo Pen – white

Magenta Wooden Heart Stamp

Alphabet Letter Stamps

Tim Holtz Alterations Die Cut – Ticket Strip

VersaFine Ink – black

Faber-Castell PITT pens

art journal page – on a limb (journal52)

on a limbThis page is my first submission to the Journal52 blog.  This year’s first prompt is “Pathways”.  This was done in my Moleskine watercolour journal.  I used Derwent Artbars for the background and a “spatter” background stamp in teal.

on a limb 4I stenciled the tree next and added some grass at the bottom with watercolour paint.  The sentiment is a quote from Mark Twain stamped onto white cardstock and outlined with a black pen.  I finished the page with black and white accents around the tree and around the border.

on a limb 2I love what Journal52 is doing and I’m excited to continue watching for the weekly prompts.  I’m going to try to keep up with it every week to help stay in the habit.  The more we practice our art, the better and more confident we become!


Derwent Artbars – Process Cyan, Primary Blue, Process Magenta

Impression Obsession background stamp – “Spatter”

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal, Northern Pine

FolkArt Stencil – “Curly Tree”

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Faber-Castell PITT Pen – black

Ranger Liquid Pearls Dimensional Pain – White Opal

Uni-ball Signo Pen – White

Watercolour paints

Golden Gel Medium – Soft Gel (Matte)

Alphabet stamps

Versafine Ink – black

White Cardstock


art journal page – wild

wildThis page is my first image transfer and I love how it turned out!  The flower bouquet image came from a magazine and I used Golden Regular Gel (Matte) as the adhesive.  I did my research first, watching other artists on YouTube and reading mixed media books, to determine which materials were the best to use.  I laid a generous, smooth, layer of matte gel down on the page first.  I also put a layer on top of the image.  I then placed the image upside-down onto the gelled page.  I used a credit card to smooth it down, being careful not to get any gel on top of the image (like we normally do when gluing an image onto a page).  I patiently waited for it to dry overnight naturally.  The next day I spritzed fairly generous amounts of water over small parts of the image and used my thumb to rub away the first layer of paper.  It came up easier than I expected and didn’t take very long to finish.  The image turned out nice and clear with a few white scrapes which is exactly what I was looking for!

wild 1I applied a layer of gesso around the image to soften the edges into the page.  After this dried, I painted around the image with diluted purple acrylic paint.  This helped to blend the edges of the images into the background.  I stenciled the swirls on with teal craft paint and a sponge.

wild 2Next I cut out the flowers using Tim Holtz Alterations “Tattered Florals” and scrapbook papers.  I outlined the flowers with either black or white pens to make them stand out from the background.  I stenciled more flowers with white ink and finished the page with random script stamping.  The sentiment was cut out from a magazine as a final touch.

I’m happy with how this page turned out, especially the image transfer.  I’m going to be trying this technique again!  Thanks for taking a look and please comment or share!


Liquitex Gesso

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint – Dioxanize Purple

FolkArt Stencil – “Swirl Background”

Americana Craft Paint – Desert Turquoise

Golden Regular Gel (Matte)

Mod Podge

Scrapbook Papers

Ranger Stickles – Stardust

BoBunny Stamp – “It is Written”

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Brilliance Pigment Ink – Moonlight White

Floral Stencil