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Art Journal: Crisp, Clean Color

Art Journal: Crisp, Clean Color

When I art journal, anything goes. Sometimes, I move quickly and sometimes I am methodical.  My art journal is heavily inspired by what I see around the time of creating. The page is rarely a long term planned project. 

This page was created in about 45 minutes–lickety split. I came home from a meeting than ran late into the night…I needed to unwind. 

I sprayed some Dylusions ink sprays and some acrylic paint onto my journal and blended a little. Then hit it with a heat gun.  Once dry I used a gate stencil upside down with watermark ink and gold embossing powder. 

Added my girl with Stabilo black “pencil.”  She is part traced, part sketched. Yes, I just admitted that. It works for me. I don’t create to be a great drawer. I create for joy. Then I added embellishments. She has lovely flowers in her hair and a piece of pretty paper on the left page to coordinate. Some more sprays including Dylusions White Liben spray. Stamped an adventurous quote.  

I tend to create with darker more grungy colors or by “tamping” down colors but I really enjoyed stepping out of my regular color treatment for a clean, crisp look. I also like the negative, white space. Intentionally trying to leave more white space in my journals these days. 





Art Journal Page Christy Tomlinson Embellishments & Inspiration

Art Journal Page Christy Tomlinson Embellishments & Inspiration

It’s an oldie but goodie! I began art journaling with regularity some 6 or so years ago.  At that time I joined Christy Tomlinson’s monthly kit subscription.  I think when I began the subscription it was a scrapbooking subscription but pretty quickly became a monthly art subscription.  I created this art journal page using Christy’s embellishments and tissue paper. If you are new or newish to art journaling or crafting on a regular basis and monthly subscription kit is a great way to gather the newest supplies.  Plus when a kit comes you have to figure out how to use the supplies so it is a great way to push yourself to try new things.  The challenge with monthly art kits is that eventually you have to stop them or move to a bigger house or studio as your cup will truly run over with crafting stash.  It is never fun to give up a monthly kit but I certainly used a ton of really cool supplies while I was part of Christy’s kit.  She still offers the subscription kits in some form or another.

Art Journal w Christy Tomlinson Embellishments

I have always liked the quote, “Home, it’s where your story begins…” so when I received Christy’s ephemera kit with houses I new I was going to use the quote.  I mean how perfect is the saying with a little house?

For this page, I covered the page with tissue and magazines then I added paint using free form and stencils.  I added ephemera and embellishments from Christy and from an old card I liked.  Then I added more paint and ink as well as rubons.  I cannot remember now but this may be loosely copied from a Christy Tomlinson page.  Thank you Christy Tomlinson for guiding me when I first started mixed media art journaling.