art journal page – artists are just children (journal 52)

colouring book6This week’s prompt from Journal 52 was “Colouring Book”.  This one gave me a chance to practice using my watercolours.  I found this image online and I chose it because it had a lot of open space to colour.  Because I wanted to use my watercolours, I didn’t want an image with too much detail so that I can learn some of the basics of how the paints move and mix together.  I printed the image on regular printer paper, not ideal for wet media but it served its purpose.  I painted the image first and then prepared the background to glue it down.  I started the background with a layer of gesso and then “pounced” some pink acrylic paint down using a dry paper towel to leave some of white showing through.

colouring book1  I used a flower stencil next with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and a small circle stencil with Shabby Shutters (hard to see in the photo).

colouring book2I cut out some scrapbook pages to glue down to add some texture and a little bit of additional colour.  I outlined these with oil pastels.

colouring book3Another circle stencil was used to make the violet circles around the edges.  I outlined them with black ink.

colouring book4Next I glued down the coloured image with Golden Soft Gel and used a brayer to smooth out the bubbles.

colouring book5After I glued the image down I outlined it with a white oil pastel.  When I took a step back I realized that I wasn’t happy with how bold the violet circles were around the edges.  I felt that they were taking away from the main image so I went back over them with some gesso applied with my finger.  This helped to tone them down and push them back into the background.  I almost left this page like this but it was nagging me that it needed a sentiment of some kind.  I searched online and found “Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons” by Al Hirschfeld.  I stamped this out onto cardstock and glued it down the left side of the page.  Voila!

colouring book8colouring book7Materials:

Watercolour paints

Liquitex gesso

Americana craft paint – Baby Pink, Vivid Violet

Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters

Circle stencil (small and large)

Flower stencil

Scrapbook papers

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Oil Pastels

Faber-Castell PITT pens

Uniball Signo Pen – white

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Alphabet stamps

Versafine Ink

White cardstock

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art journal page – art at a minimum (journal52)

art at a minimum3As you can see, it’s catch up time!  That’s what lazy Saturdays are for!  This page is week 9 of Journal52, “artistic restraint”.  The prompt called for using one colour plus black and white and only using one shape.  The background is sprayed with glimmer mists from Tattered Angels.  They shimmer in the light but you have to watch what media you put on top of them because they are water soluble.  I used three different sizes of circles, two were paper towel tubes and one was a plastic lid.  You can always find stuff around the house for your art journal pages, just keep your eyes open!

art at a minimum1  I added the text next using two sets of alphabet stamps and Versafine ink.

art at a minimum2I added the white circles last to fill in some of the empty space.

art at a minimum3

art at a minimum4art at a minimum5I enjoyed doing this page knowing that I was restricted with what I could use.  Even though there is empty space, I like that it’s simple and not cluttered.  This was a good prompt!


Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Red-Nosed Reindeer, Pumpkin Spice

Americana Craft Paint – Lamp Black, Warm White

Versafine Ink – Black

Autumn Leaves Alphabet Stamps – Antique Hand Drawn

Small Alphabet Stamps

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art journal page – aromatherapy (journal52)

aromatherapy4This prompt for week 8 of Journal52 was another challenge for me!  It was done on a small scale in my Moleskine 3 1/2 ” x 5 1/2″ journal book.  The paper is rather thin and can’t take a lot of media on them so this page was basic and quick.  I started painting with three colours, purple, pink and white and blending them together.

aromatherapy1  Next I cut out the flowers from book pages using a Tim Holtz die cut.  I adhered these down the Golden Regular Gel.

aromatherapy2The doodling was next.  I drew the stems and leaves and outlined the flowers with black and white.

aromatherapy3I finished up the tiny page with stickles in the middle of the flowers and drawing the border.

aromatherapy4This page was a practice in powering through.  Even though you don’t connect with a prompt, doing a journal page anyway keeps you practicing your craft!


Americana Craft Paint – Warm White, Melon

Metallics Craft Paint – Purple Pearl

Book Pages

Faber Castell PITT Pen – Black

Golden Regular Gel

Stickles – Cotton Candy

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Tim Holtz Alterations Die Cut – Tattered Florals

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