art journal page – we do not learn by standing still (journal52)

spring clean1Another journal page in my goal to do every prompt for Journal52 this year! The prompt for Journal52’s week 13 was “Spring Clean” and this was a stretch.  I hate cleaning.  I do it begrudgingly.  So, I took this opportunity to think about other things that come with spring time.  I like to run for exercise and after being stuck inside a gym on a treadmill for the winter, running outside is a nice change.  They say that you can get a runner’s “high”….I think they’re lying.  I have never felt anything while running other than pain and an elevated heart rate.  That being said, the one thing I do enjoy about running is that it helps to clear the mind.  After a rough day at work, going for a run helps me to concentrate on what’s happening in the moment, even if it’s sore shins.  It cleans the mind.

I was on a roll when I made this page so I didn’t take any process pictures (sorry).  It started with gesso and then I painted blue and orange Golden acrylic paints.  I toned that layer down with some white.  I stenciled the purple “bricks” on the bottom to try to make it look like a road.  I tied in some yellow from the image by stenciling the diamond pattern in yellow acrylic paint.  The circles were done next in white and then I filled them in with florescent pink, outlined with a black pen.  The stamping was the final layer, pointing the arrows and the birds in the direction the the runner is going.  The sentiment came from a magazine ad for hiking equipment, ironically.

This page came together pretty quickly.  I stopped thinking and put paint on a page.  Cleaning the mind 🙂

spring clean3spring clean2Supplies:

Liquitex Gesso

Circle stencil

Dylusions Diamond Border stencil

Versafine Ink

Stampers Anonymous Arrow stamp

Credit Card

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Americana craft paint – Warm White

Golden Acrylic paint – Hansa Yellow Opaque, Pyrrole Orange, Cerulean Blue Deep

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

StazOn – Royal Purple

Dina Wakley Woodcut Bird stamp

Stampendous Marks stamp

Unibal Signo pen – white

Faber Castell PITT pen

Micron 08  pen – black

Liquitex paint markers – Florescent Blue, Florescent Orange, Forescent Pink

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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.

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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

Thanks for taking a look!  Please leave a comment, “like” or share if you feel inspired!

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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art journal page – a house without books (journal52)

Windows3Do you ever get working on a page and then forget to take pictures of the process to post on your blog?  That’s me today so this is it.   This is week 6 of Journal52 and the prompt was “Windows”.  I thought I had an idea for this page but while I was looking through my stash, I found this photo I took a few years ago while out on a hike with friends.  I started with gesso and a layer of teal and white acrylic paint.  Next I stenciled the “cracks” and stamped the grid pattern with teal ink.  I glued down the black cardstock and layed down the drywall tape.  The photo was glued down next.  I layered the lace and ribbon along the bottom of the photo and arranged the flower embellishments.  I finished it off with doodling around the edge and adding the quote, “A house without books is like a room without windows” – Horace Mann.

Windows4    Windows5Thanks for taking a look and please share or comment below.  Would love to hear from you!


Liquitex Gesso

Americana craft paint – Lamp Black, Desert Turquoise, Warm White

Crafter’s Workshop Stencil – 6×6 Mini Rustic Paint

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Kaiser Craft stamp – Grid

Black Cardstock

Drywall Tape

Kaiser Craft Lace – white

Peach Ribbon

Recollections Floral Embellishments

Petaloo – Colour Me Crazy floral embellishments

Recollections – adhesive rhinestones

Faber Castell PITT pen – black

Uniball Signo Pen – white

Aleene’s Tacky Glue