Monday, February 1, 2016

Enough Art Journal Page

Hi and welcome! It is Monday and I hope you had a good weekend! This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we have a Ray of Sunshine theme, and we are featuring products by the very creative Dina Wakley
Layers of ink - Enough Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin
Dina's art journaling is very inspiring to me and I had fun reading her Art Journal Courage book again. It is a really great book and contains so much inspiration, and this page was inspired by several ideas from the book. One of the journaling prompts is to journal about five ways you were enough today. I had had one of those days when my to-do lists just seemed to grow and the morning hadn't had a good start. A sunshiny page about being enough was just what I needed. Dina's book also inspired me to do some drawing and I drew a body for one of the Positive Women stamps. She looks a little tired, which was just how I was feeling. 

The page in my Dylusions journal first got a coat of gesso. Then I applied Lemon, Magenta, and Lime paint with a palette knife, When it was dry, I smeared some Turquoise on the page and before it dried completely, paint was rubbed off through the Essentials stencil. The next layer was white paint applied through the Daisies stencil, giving a subtle texture.

To make the circles on the page, I used my 4 x 4 circle Gelli Arts™ printing plate. I didn't want my circles quite so large, so I cut freehand circles from printing paper. The plate was placed on an acrylic block, so that it works like a stamp.

Add a tiny bit of Turquoise and Lime paint on the circle and spread out with a brayer. I love Dina's paints by Ranger.

Press a stencil into the paint. This is Dina's Affirmations stencil.

Stamp the plate on the page to transfer the impression. I stamped it once more on scrap paper, which I will use for another project. I drew a line around the circles.

The woman was stamped with Jet Black Ink and I sketched her body, first with a Hickory Smoke Distress Marker and then with a Fude pen. Since the Distress Marker won't dry on the paint and gesso layers, you can just wipe it away. She has her hands in her pocket, partly because it was easier, but also because she is pretty tired, although getting renewed energy from the happy colours of the page. I also gave her longer hair, to look more like myself. To make her stand out better, I painted around her with Turquoise.

The title was stamped with Tim Holtz Worn Letters. I stamped Dina's 'You are enough' sentiment repeatedly on the page. I love the small sentiment stamps you can find on many of Dina's stamp sets.

At the bottom of the page, I stamped some leaves, so that she could be standing nature, something that often gives me renewed energy.

I hope you will join us in our Ray of Sunshine challenge. As always you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

If you want to, follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 

If you use instagram add #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads, so that we can see them on there too.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!




  1. I love how you create your layers of ink and I love this page! Your pages of art journal is always a wonderful discovery!

  2. I love how you create your layers of ink and I love this page! Your pages of art journal is always a wonderful discovery!

  3. What a stunning vibrant page...Love it!

  4. This is just beautiful Anna-Karin. Love the colors and the girl is perfect for the sentiment too. What wonderful layers - just lovely. j.

  5. What a fabulous page! Something that probably applies to a lot of people and you have made a beautiful page about it.

    1. Thank you so much Marci! Art journaling is wonderful when you are feeling a little down or overwhelmed.

  6. The bold colours look great, and your painty layers give the whole thing such depth and texture.
    Alison xx

  7. Gorgeous page for your art journal, Anna-Karin! It is totally filled with sunshine, and a great message. Love your idea for making the circles!

  8. Gorgeous!! Love the use of color and texture in this, Anna-Karin!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. A wonderful composed Art page in very nice colors. I like it very much.

  10. Oh wow! This is absolutely fabulous! I love the whole design of this, arty and awesome!

    Lols X X X

  11. A page where you get the feeling that you enjoyed making it so much! Love all the sunny colours! Have a colourfull week!

  12. Your journal page is gorgeous! The colors and layers of stamping are awesome! :)

  13. I adore your layers of ink! These bold colors strike my eyes, as always I love this journal page! Amazing! BArbara

  14. Gorgeous page, Anna-Karin! So full of color! Love all the stunning stamps and stencils! Hugs, Sandra

  15. This is brilliant on so many levels (why am I not surprised)! I especially am in love over those wonky-edged circles!! And of course, you know I adore the rich happy color palette. One of my faves here!

  16. Gorgeous pages of wonderful layers and beautiful colour combinations ~ this is wonderful Anna-Karin and such a great use of Dina's products! :)


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