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Explore Art Journal Process

I love the colour combination used in today’s page. I love it so much, I’ve used it many times. 

Teals and browns and a honey orange colour. All of this, collaged over more antique book pages. These ones are from the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. 

I love these old book pages and am glad to be putting them in my art.

I started by gluing the book pages down with Golden matte medium then gessoed over too with a light wash of Liquitex professional gesso. I then started adding the sprays in layers until I was happy. I used Distress Stains, Dylusions, and Heidi Swapp sprays. 

Using a couple of stencils, I used a baby wipe to lift the colours and create this washed out look. 

I then added the embellishments and title. 

The cheese cloth and leftover bit of book page where glued down with Golden soft matte gel. The Recollections chipboard title (coloured with more of the same sprays) was stuck down in the same way. I then added the Stampendous Frantage Aged Marine embossing powder and recollections microbreads. I added a few drops from the spray bottles and I was done. 

Two (Very) Different Journal Pages – Materials

Tonight I felt like doing a couple of pages.  

 This first page is actually mostly leftover paint from the previous night. The big addition was the turquoise and some of the yellow orange azo. And, of course, the quote. One of my very favourites by Bob Ross!  

 This page has a lot of paint on it. 

Materials Used:

  • Liquitex professional acrylic inks: quinacridone magenta, yellow orange azo
  • Golden high flow acrylics: fluorescent pink, hansa yellow
  • Windsor & Newton galleria acrylics deep turquoise 
  • Dylusions black marble spray ink

  I like how this page turned out! I started with computer paper laid down in strips and then dripped paint over top.  
 I used mostly turquoise but added a few other colours for depth.  

 Materials Used:

  • Computer paper
  • Golden soft matte gel
  • Windsor & Newton Galleria deep turquoise (I watered this down a lot to make it flow as it is a heavy body paint)
  • Golden guild acrylics: fluorescent blue, fluorescent pink, sepia
  • Liquitex professional acrylic ink: phthalocyanine green, yellow orange azo
  • Brown Faber-Castell Pitt pen
  • Craftsmart black oil paint pen

  Love how this one came out – you can really see the textured layers of paper. 

Embrace beautiful chaos – process

Tonight’s page is bright but tempered by the black and white. 
 Tonight I started this journal page with a collage of differently textured Japanese papers I bought from an art store in Toronto (Curry’s) and some strips of brown kraft paper. I used my Golden matte medium to glue the papers down to my page. I coated the papers with Golden gesso to cover the colours up.  

 After I dried the gesso, I started dripping Golden high flow acrylics from the top of the page. I used hansa yellow and fluorescent pink. Some of the drips combined to make a really pretty fluorescent orange.  I also used Liquitex professional ink in quinacridone magenta to add a darker pink to the page.

 I added the different colours, drying between layers.  

 I then swiped on some more gesso and used my catalyst tool to add a crosshatch texture. After drying, I sprayed on some Dylusions black marble ink spray to really make the texture pop.  

 The final step was to add the quote; a Tim Holtz idea-ology small talk quote. 


Abstract Mixed Media Materials

So far, I love how these pieces for today’s 366 Days of Art have come together.  

 They’re done on birch panels I bought at The Paint Spot (love that store!) and covered with gesso, journaled on a couple, and then stuck scraps of papers down with Golden matte medium. I then dripped Golden Sepia fluid acrylic, and Liquitex Professional phthalocyanine green and yellow orange azo ink on them to create the layers of colour.  

   I then scraped some more Golden Gesso over the panels and flicked on some gesso spatters.  
   They’re not done yet though. Once they’re fully dry, I plan on doing a bit more. I won’t say what here, I want it to be a surprise! 

the universe took a long time to build – about 

Or, at least this one did.  

 I’ve been working on today’s painting for a long time. Months. I’d work on it, leave it for a few weeks, work some more, leave it, look at it, leave it…. And on, and on, and on. I think though that the gradual building of layers of watercolour really made it amazing.  

 There are so many layers here. I can only speculate as the the materials I used. Pretty sure I used my Derwent Inktenses, Faber-Castell, Staedtler, and new Caran d’Aches Watercolour pencils. I know there are gelatos on this as well as the new Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. I’m prettier sure there’s also the Neocolor II wax pastels as well. And that’s just the base layer! 

 For the pinks and greens I used Distress Sprays and Dylusions. And I think that’s it. Probably. Possibly.  

 Oh and the stars are Liquitex professional gesso. I knew I missed something. 

You Can Do Anything, But Not Everything Art Journal Page

  I’ve been wanting to make today’s page ever since I found the quote in the Tim Holtz idea-ology small talk pack.  

 Well. I knew I needed to make a journal page with that quote as a reminder to myself that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. 

Here’s the thing about me though. I hate admitting I’m human and I hate admitting I have limitations. I hate asking for help and and I really hate looking weak. And I really, really hate admitting I was wrong when I took on to much and my husband warned me I was probably overestimating my abilities because I’m only human just like everyone else. I hate it. I had to admit it not to long ago though. I tried to do it all and realized I couldn’t. Not without losing my sanity at least. And you know what? At the end of the day, my pride is not worth my sanity. So I let one thing go and, although I’m still running like mad trying to catch up, at least it’s not as much as I was trying to do before.  And I really am going to try to remember, it’s ok to be human. And I can do anything, but not everything all at once. 

 Materials Used:

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology small talk quote
  • Liquitex professional alizarine Crimson
  • Golden heavy body acrylics – carbon black and quinacridone magenta
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pen
  • Sharpie white paint pen
  • Staedtler triplus fineliner black


Gold Doily Birch Panel Painting

Oh the gold. So, so gorgeous.  

 Today’s piece is just mouthwateringly delicious. The colours are vibrant and rich. That gold! I just love it.  

So to make today’s piece, I started with a 8″ X 8″ birch panel from The Paint Spot. I love these panels because they’re solid. You can push the paint into them as hard as you want and it’s not going to move. I gessoed the panel with 2 thick coats then started adding paint. I used the Holbein’s acrylic  Prussian Blue and Pebeo iridescent blue black as a base. I then added more layers with Golden’s manganese blue, ultramarine violet, and Liqutex light blue. 

After it was done drying, I used the Golden molding paste through an Americana doily stencil and liberally coated the paste (while still wet) with Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel. I had to wait a couple of hours for the paste to dry before embossing but, wow! What a result.  

I was going to add a ton more stuff – doodling, mica powder, Inka Gold – but, in my mind, it really didn’t need it. It’s got a lot of dimension already and the gold is too beautiful to take away from it. 

I also videoed this one painting. I now have 2 videos I need to get edited and posted. I’m hoping to get time this weekend to get them up!

Colour Pop Canvas Materials

Oh boy. This painting is fun!

 I wanted to do a blue canvas. Focus on blues, greens, a mellow, calm canvas. The pop of colour was going to be from the yellow and purple in the background (and, on a side note: I’m using purple! I usually don’t because I find it almost Easter eggy in colour but look at me go, 2 days of purple!) Ha. We see how well that turned out.

 The flower needed a little… Oomph. Something to beef them up. It was, to be honest, plain. Boring. So I reached for the red and I’m so, so glad I did!

Materials Used:

  • 11″ x 14″ Artist’s Loft canvas
  • Golden acrylic paints: carbon black, manganese blue, teal (fluid acrylic), ultramarine violet, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, and light green
  • Liquitex professional acrylic light blue
  • Liquitex professional gesso
  • Neocolor II wax pastels
  • Sharpie oil based paint pen
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pens big brush and brush
  • Staedtler pigment liner


  And I did manage to video today’s painting so I should have the up soon too!

Go Confidently Canvas

Here is the link to today’s piece of art.

I also made a journal page tonight, in the same colours.  

 I used leftover paint from the canvas and added in some doodles and flowers. 

Materials Used:

  • Golden paints: carbon black, phthalo green, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, light green, manganese blue, quinacridone magenta
  • Golden gesso
  • Golden fluid acrylic teal
  • Neocolor II wax pastels
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pens: big brush, brush, white
  • Faber-Castell Ecco pigment pen
  • Staedtler pigment liner and fineliner



Make a Wish Materials

Here is the link to today’s journal page. 

This was fun to make. I love green so I really wanted to create a page featuring that colour. I added accents of orange and yellow, a touch of magenta, and sepia to create a lovely background. I used Neocolor II pastels to doodle with to add even more colours.  

I used my Golden Artist Colour paints for today’s page. I love these paints. They’re thick and buttery and glossy. Almost too glossy for the effect I wanted today. I added a whitewash of Liquitex professional gesso to tone the colours back. 

 Have I mentioned how much I’m loving these paintings? I love the wash of colours and I love combining it with the doodles.  

 I used my Faber-Castell Pitt pens to doodle (along with the neocolors) and today I tried out my new Staedtler pigment liner pen. I love it. It is a nice, fine black pen and it worked wonderfully on top of the acrylics. I’ve tried a few other pens that don’t work as well and this was amazing.  

 I’m loving the doodles.   

  The flowers were fun to make too. I’m pretty much finger painting these in. White on black on white on black. I used Golden carbon black and my gesso for these. 

Materials Used:

  • Golden acrylic paints – carbon black, phthalo green, quinacridone magenta, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light, light green
  • Golden fluid acrylic -sepia
  • Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pens
  • Staedtler pigment liner
  • Liquitex professional gesso 

Hope you enjoyed today’s page!