Monday, September 22, 2014

Enough Art Journaling Tutorial

Hello everyone! A new week and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. STAMPtember is continuing at Simon Says Stamp, and this week we have a stamps and stencils theme. Lots of possibilities for this one, and you don't have to use both.
My project for this week: 
I made an art journal page using mainly products by Dina Wakley, with a positive message, since I needed some encouragement the day I was making this. The strong pink is not a colour I often use, and it was fun doing a different colour combo from normally. I took a few step photos.
Working in my Small Creative Journal, I started by covering the background with gesso, pressing the lid of a Distress Paint bottle into the gesso to give it more texture. Leave to dry. Add a heart, half circle and two birds with stencils and Ranger's Texture Paste. When the paste was dry I added two hearts and a woman, who had been stamped on tissue paper, since it is easier to apply stamps on a textured background like this using the tissue paper technique. Paint a layer of gloss multi medium on the background, place the tissue paper on top and paint another layer on the tissue paper.
I started laying down layers of paint, removing some of the paint by scrubbing through the Canvas stencil with a moist cloth. Most of the paint was watered down slightly. I used: Lapis, Magenta, Lime, Umber and White, and a mixture creating a soft grey.  

Place the stencil back over the paste heart and stamp through it. I also added some stencilling to the heart and outlined it with the Fude pen. A sentiment was stamped repeatedly here and there and I cut out some circles and strips from old dictionary paper. The page was also splattered with black paint.
I like stamping text using first to third generation stamping.

The woman was given more colour and I extended her body a little with a Fude pen. The same pen was used to add back some of the lines that I had painted over.

The sentiment was stencilled with the Lapis paint. Love this shade of vibrant blue. Here you can also better see the circles in the gesso.
The birds and hearts were given a shadow to make them look more dimensional.
The two stamped hearts were painted, stencilled, and splattered. 

This half circle is such a great shape and very useful. It was painted blue and outlined with the pen.
I hope you will join us this week in our stamp and stencil challenge, as every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you so much for looking!!

Happy stamping!


Surfaces: Ranger Dylusions Small Creative Journal; vintage dictionary paper
Stamps: Ranger Dina Wakley: Collaged Hearts, Face in the Crowd, Textures
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Paint: Ranger Dina Wakley: Magenta, Lime, Lapis, Umber, White
Marker: Ranger: Black Fude Pen
Stencils: Ranger Dina Wakley: Birds in Flight, Affirmations, Plastic Canvas, The Basics
Medium: Ranger: Gloss Multi Medium, Texture Paste, Dina Wakley White Gesso


  1. Beautiful journal page! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Gorgeous palette! Love the sentiment too! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  3. Beautiful art journal pages, Anna-Karin. Love all the wonderful colors you created. :)

  4. Wonderful art journal page.I love the use of the hot pink and the birds and the hearts look awesome and so does the sentiment.Thanks for sharing all the little details of the page.It always helps.

  5. Gorgeous pages, Anna-Karin! Love the Dina inspiration! Fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  6. What a wonderful page ! Dina's colors are incredible! BArbarayaya

  7. So fun and creative! Love all the stenciled detail!

  8. Really eye-catching journal page. The colors and texture (and message!) are fabulous.

  9. Beautiful art journal pages and such great detail and colours! I adore this Anna-Karin! :)

  10. This is beautiful!
    I love that color combination. But it's those little details that make this so fabulous! Your little touches with the pen are awesome.

  11. Beautiful vibrant pages. Inspiring journal pages.

  12. LOVE the energetic color palette you used, especially the pink. As usual, there are so many details to soak in. I especially liked how you repeated the "You are enough" sentiment. That is a message that bears repeating! I appreciate how your art is always food for the eyes and for the soul with those fabulous quotes and phrases you choose.


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