Today I’m sharing a video of a funky cool art journal page I recently made. I’ve been posting a lot of art journal pages on Instagram recently so I thought I’d share my process. The link to my You Tube video is here and below I share my supplies and some of the tricks I used.
Art journaling has become one of my favourite creative outlets. It’s so fun and relaxing to just start putting elements together and play with different products and textures. For this layout I used the following:
- Canson Mixed Media paper
- Dylusions Creative Dyary Dye Cuts – 1
- Dylusions border stamps (Discontinued)
- Sticker paper (Avery brand)
- Gel Press pad (rectangle)
- Roller stamp (dollar store)
- Ranger Distress Ink
- Carved Pumpkin
- Black Soot
- Candied Apple
- Antique Linen
- Mowed Lawn
- Mustard Seed
- Tea Dye
- Versafine Pigment Ink in Onyx Black
- Zebra print stencil
- Acrylic Blocks
Tips and Tricks
Art journaling doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, letting go of that perfectionism helps a lot. For example, when I added the zebra print stencil, the ink went beyond the stencil border and it actually ended up looking intentional (as I did the same thing with all of the zebra print images). I also ran into some issues with the gel press pad where the imprint wasn’t complete. I was able to go back in with the blending tool and fix it.
The only techniques I use consistently would be the following:
- I keep a piece of paper between the page I’m working on and the other pages. This helps to ensure the ink doesn’t bleed onto the other pages.
- When blending colours for a background, keep going back with the different colours until you get the effect you want. For the first layer, I just put ink on the page. I then went back and forth with the different colours until I got my desired effect.
- As I’ve mentioned before, make sure you have the right size acrylic block for what you’re stamping. It helps with consistency in your imprint.
- If you don’t want an image to get lost in the layout, you can pre-stamp it onto some sticker paper or card stock and add it as another element (like I did with the borders).
- (For more stamping techniques, you can see my post on stamping)
As mentioned above, make sure to stay as open minded as possible. I started the spread thinking I’d use a specific die cut. Instead, I used 2 completely different die cuts. I also just added colour to the die cuts until I was happy. It definitely is a great creative outlet to just let go and see what happens.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out in the comments below. Thank you!