Monday, April 7, 2014

Time Travel Art Journal Page

Hello and welcome! It is Monday again, and my favourite part of Mondays is of course that there is a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge up. This week we are going on a journey. Lots of options for this fun theme.
First I planned to do a project on travelling, but I had done a few of those recently, so I decided to work in my art journal instead, making something a little different. I love to read, ever since I first held a book in my hand, and one of my favourite ways of travelling is to journey through time and space in books. I found a few quotes on my desk that I had written down while reading the Game of Thrones books by George R.R. Martin and decided to build my page around them. I picked out a bunch of stamps that fit with the theme and built a little scene in my journal. As a focal point, I used the Castle Photo Stamp by Darkroom Door and built a hill with trees.
I started with gluing down old book paper in my Small Creative Journal, using multi medium. Then I covered them with a layer of gesso, scratching into the gesso. It was painted with Distress Paints, misting with water before it was completely dry for extra texture. The castle, trees and keys were stamped on tissue paper and adhered to the page with multi-medium. This works great for such detailed stamps, since some of the detail might have been lost had I stamped them directly on the page.

The hill was painted with Distress Paint, and I also added colour to the trees and the castle. Some of the stamps, such as the crown and bird here were stamped directly on the page. I also stamped handwritten text stamp from the New York Vol. 2 here and there with Watering Can ink. I wanted a warm and golden page with some red elements, and sponged Red Geranium ink through a stencil. Tarnished Brass paint was also sponged through stencils.

Here you can see how I added colour to the castle, with Distress Paint. I used a Darkroom Door sentiment stamp, which fits real well when it comes to reading opening doors for you.
Tarnished Brass Paint was sponged through the Rays stencil, to add sun rays.

I love how you can spot the text from the old book paper here and there, particularly the 'paper palace' part. Some birds fly past, probably carrying messages. I also stamped a clock here and there, because of the time travel theme.

Here you can see some of the scratches into the gesso, also more stamping and gold stencilling. 

I really like these tree stamps and the handwritten text here and there gives a nice extra texture. 

The Industrious letters and arrow stickers were coloured with Red Geranium Archival Ink. Attach them to a craft sheet and just press the ink pad on top. Leave to dry, or dry with a heat gun.

I hope you will join is in this journey challenge! As every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy crafting!


Surface: Ranger Small Creative Journal
Stamps: Darkroom Door: Trees, Doors, Castle, New York Vol. 2; Dyan Reaveley Stampers Anonymous: Birds on a Wire; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mini Ornates, Going Somewhere
Ink: Archival Ink: Red Geranium, Jet Black, Watering Can; Tsukineko: Stazon Jet Black
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Tarnished Brass
Stencils: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous: Rays, Harlequin, Schoolhouse
Medium: Ranger Matte Multi-Medium; Dina Wakley Ranger White Gesso
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Label Letters, Deco Type Industrious Stickers, Borders Industrious Stickers


  1. wonderful page Anna Karin - lots of food for thought here xx

  2. So much to take in Anna-Karin. I love the sense of adventure you've given your journal page. Jenny x

  3. Uauh! Your page is genial! :D

  4. Your journal page is right up my alley. I spent many hours growing up and still do escaping in my own travels into other lives, destinations, and experiences all through books. This is beautiful and I love the quotes!

  5. Gorgeous pages, Anna-Karin! And the theme is so much fun! I need to read more books! Hope I will take the time this summer. Hugs, Sandra

  6. Gorgeous journal pages! I love the sentiments :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Awesome pages Anna-Karin! Love all the stamped and stenciled details!

  8. Wonderful, wonderful pages full of so many interesting layers and quotes. There is just so much to look at and as always, it's an amazing piece of art, Anna-Karin!

  9. Anna-Karin...Oh my goodness.. I love your art journal pages! The colors are amazing ... love the earthy tones you've used on this. The stamped building in the center and then the way you've shaded it is perfection! I also love your stamped images and sentiments and the patterns of the rays and the harlequin that you've added in the background. Just beautiful! Where in the world do you find all of your wonderful computer generated sentiments? They are so good! <3 Candy

  10. This is what journaling is all about and I can almost feel the experience you had while making this page. No coincidence that the word journal and journey are so similar, eh?

  11. Your pages have to look thousands of times because each time I discover some detail more! You have an incredible ability to organize everything in a completely harmonious! Wonderful page! BArbarayaya

  12. Beautiful page. Lots to see. Love your work of ART. Anneke.

  13. Wow... these art journal pages are fantastic, Anna-Karin. I love all the beautiful details and stamping. Great layout and color scheme. :)

  14. Wow! Another stunner! One of the things that I appreciate most about your art is that it is a feast for the eyes and for the intellect. As a lit nerd and eternal librarian, I love the quotes that you incorporate and find your pieces as thought-provoking as they are lovely. Thanks for sharing another amazing piece!

  15. such a fun take on the challenge! I just love all the layers of stamps and colors!


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