Friday, 27 February 2015


Hello Everyone!

I finally took the plunge into the world of art journalling. I bought this book a while ago when I was in Clarens with a view to using it for art jornalling and it has lain in my studio - untouched - for nearly a year now. The papers in this book are either kraft or white and all of them are printed with some kind of picture or words or borders.

I have been watching Marta's videos for a long time and pored over her work and wanted to try and do some art journalling. If you have never seen her work I can highly recommend taking a look. 

Well I did it and this is the result.

I chose a kraft background for the first one and started by tearing this image out of a table napkin and adding the top layer to the page using podge. I then covered the entire page with a coat of clear gesso as I wanted the kraft to show through.

Next I used a script stencil with white gesso to create some interest and did some stamping in black ink on the background page. I used red and green spray mists and a lot of water to get the desired effect.

I covered the image and a little way around it with some picket fence distress paint to soften and age it a little.  Then used picket fence distress stain to create the splats. The phrase and word were stamped in black ink.

Finally I used black ink to create some little splats.

This next one was done on a white page that had roses in the top left corner and in the bottom right corner. 

 I covered the page with clear gesso because I wanted to see the paper through.  I used a Tim Hotlz stencil to create the lines coming down the page and the little circles were stamped in black in and then coloured in. The big coffee stains are also a stamp.

The quote was stamped onto white paper and cut out and stuck onto the page and then edged with a black charcoal pencil to create  a shadow effect.

This image is a stamp. The face and one flower which I stamped out three times. All of this page was coloured using Perfect Pearl Mists... I added some dimension glaze to some of the petals just for interest. I shaded around the girl with the same charcoal pencils which I then smudged.

Lastly is this one. 

I again used a white lined page that had butterflies stamped in the top left corner. This time I used a napkin that had this gorgeous image on it and put it onto the page with podge and then gave the whole page a coat of podge. Not the greatest idea because it stays sticky :P After that was dry I used the script stamp again with white gesso.

I used a postmark stamp with black ink randomly down the page. The quote was also stamped with black. This time I used my neo pens to create the watercolour effect. They are like wax crayons but are watercolours. Soft and so easy to work with. I used them to colour in the 'creativity' part of the quote.

The quote was stamped in black ink and the beautiful butterfly is vellum Don't know where I got it but it is gorgeous.

I used the peach and the green for my colour on this layout and I am rather pleased with how it turned out. I think I will be doing a lot more of these. I love the freedom of just creating with no thought in mind of a finished product. This is indeed a journey of self discover.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



  1. Just beautiful and so arty. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
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  2. Love the way you have bring your style from layouts to art journal pages! :)

  3. I have known all along that this was inside you, Val, and I am so glad that you finally began your art journal! You will find art journaling so freeing, as they simple are no rules. Love your pages here, my friend!

  4. Oh wow I am so excited for you Val! You have taken to art journaling like a duck to water & I love that you are allowing yourself to be messy!! Yippee!!! Brilliant pages. The middle one is my favourite!!!!

  5. wow Val, these are magnificent , and woven with love xoxox

  6. Good on you! And I agree, Marta is've done a fabulous job & all 3 pages are so different. It's great using different mediums, too, eh? I think my fave is that top one with the roses....they look amazing :):)

  7. Wow!! You have done an amazing job on all of these Val. One would never know it was your first foray into Art Journaling. Looking forward to seeing a whole lot more of these!! I agree that Art Journaling is totally liberating. ox

  8. Val, these are GORGEOUS!! I love all those great details!

  9. Three eclectic and inspiring pages Val. It appears that you have a natural talent for art journalling because these are all gorgeous. I especially like the one at the bottom. It's so soft and appealing. Lovely work :D

  10. Wowsers...these are 3 awesome really have done them beautifully! I love the soft colouring and touches......really so gorgeous! ;-)