art journal page – wordherder

imageIt’s been so long since I’ve had a chance to write a post, let alone do anything creative!  Time management needs to be one of my priorities 🙂

This spread began without any real plan.  I knew I wanted to use bright colours with lots of different layers.  I had completed the background about a month ago but I didn’t know how I was going to use it until I saw the term “wordherder” from another artist.  Unfortunately I don’t remember where I read it or who the artist was but i can only assume she was describing a way of creating an art journal spread, perhaps composing found poetry by “herding” together random words.  When I read the word, I immediately connected with it.  I feel like it describes a lover and collector of words and that ‘s me.

I began as usual with a layer of gesso and glued down patterned scrapbook paper and book pages with Golden Soft Gel.

imageNext I scraped on a layer of metallic purple craft paint with a palette knife.  I tried to make it light enough to show the patterns through.  Orange and violet were the next layers, also scraped on with a palette knife.


imageimageI used a stencil to add white circles with my fingertip and stamped the checkerboard pattern in purple with a Tim Holtz stamp.  I outlined the circles with black ink and drew a border around the spread.  The stamped black circles were made with black acrylic paint dipped in a paper towel roll.

imageThe final touch was gluing down the title and the other random words from Tim Holtz’s Chit Chat stickers and adding some blue paint splatters.


Liquitex Gesso

Scrapbook Pages

Book Pages

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Americana Craft Paint – Melon, Vivid Violet, Orange Twist, Lamp Black

Metallics Craft Paint – Purple Pearl

Circle Stencil

Palette Knife

Tim Holtz Checkerboard Stamp

Golden Acrylic Paint – Cerulean Blue Deep

Tim Holtz Idealogy Chit Chat Stickers

Plastic Alphabet Die Cuts (I think these were Maya Road, but not sure)

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art journal page – inspiration board (journal 52)

inspiration board 6Week 12 of Journal 52 was “Inspiration Board.”  I searched for magazine images and came across a Canadian Geographic with these pictures in it.  The more I looked at them the more I found that they expressed some great inspiration so they became the basis of this page.  I started with a layer of gesso and then a layer of Golden acrylic paint spread on using a palette knife.

inspiration board  Next I stamped some distressed lines using a background stamp and red StazOn ink.

inspiration board 2I then scraped some white acrylic paint down using a palette knife.

inspiration board 3I arranged the images around the page to balance them out and glued them down with Golden Soft Gel medium.  I outlined them with a black oil pastel and smudged the edges with my fingertip.  I added the blue circles with my fingertip as well with some more acrylic paint.

inspiration board 4I doodled around the circles with a white gel pen and added my descriptions around the photos to explain what each one represents in my inspiration board.  Finally I stamped the title on white cardstock and glued it to the top.

inspiration board 5inspiration board 7inspiration board 8Supplies:

Liquitex Gesso

Golden Acrylic Paints – Quinacridone Magenta, Cerulean Blue Deep

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Distressed Lines

StazOn Ink – Blazing Red

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint – Titanium White

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

Cray-Pas Oil Pastels – black, white

VersaFine Ink

White Cardstock

Alphabet Stamps

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Faber Castee PITT Pen – Black

Pigma Micron 08 Pen – Black

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Americana Acrylic Craft Paint – Lamp Black

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art journal page – just write (journal 52)

just write 4This page was made for Week 11 of Journal 52 and “Just Write” was the prompt.  This was to encourage using our own handwriting as the focal point of the page, whether we journalled or copied something from another source.  I’ve been wanting to incorporate handwriting into my pages but for some reason it causes me anxiety, as I’m sure it does for many of you.  I’ve realized after completing this page that I am happier with the pages that I don’t put too much thought into.  I much prefer to sit down and experiment without having a finished product in mind.  These pages come easier and are more enjoyable.  The great thing about working my way through these prompts each week is that it takes me out of my comfort zone.  What better way to learn, right?

This page was done in my Moleskine watercolour book and began with gluing down a piece of scrapbook paper in the center.  I used gesso around the edges to try to blend the paper into the page.

just write 1

I used purple and white acrylic paints around the edges to create the border and scraped some doodles into the paint to make some texture.  I also painted some green doodles around the border to try to coordinate some of the green from the scrapbook page.  Next I stamped the checkerboard pattern in purple.

just write 2Then came the handwriting in the center.  I wrote about my birthday and the different things that I did that week to celebrate.  I doodled some more with white ink around the border and added the white circles using my fingertip dipped in gesso.

just write 3I finished it off by stamping the circles in black ink.

just write 4Supplies:

Liquitex Gesso

Scrapbook paper

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paints – Dioxazine Purple, Light Green, Titanium White

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Tim Holtz Checkerboard stamp and Circle stamp

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Faber Castell PITT Pen – Black

Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Picket Fence

VersaFine Ink – Black

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