Art Journal Wednesday Circle Journal Quote Page

Art Journal Wednesday Circle Journal Quote Page

For this Art Journal Wednesday I had fun playing in my 8″ circle journal. I enjoy doing pages that are quick, so I can fit them in throughout the day and get a bit of art and me time.

This particular page revolves around a new stamp I purchased from Darkroom Door. I found it at my local craft shop, and it reads “I am creative, you can’t expect me to be neat too!”. Doesn’t that capture our essence as art journalers? After this page, I was covered in splatter, and it felt wonderful.

So be sure to check out the video here to see all the fun, and I’ll list some of the materials I used it.


Distress Oxide
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
Watercolor paper
Darkroom Door Stamp


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April Mid Month Mission Inspiration Challenge “Move”

April Mid Month Mission Inspiration Challenge “Move”

Hello and Happy Thursday!

Once again this month I come to you with a challenge art journal page from the Facebook mission inspiration group. This time we have the April mid month mission inspiration page. The mid month ones are even more of a challenge because instead of a list of prompts you get one word to use. This really gets the creative juices flowing. With spring in the air I wanted to use some vibrant colors, so with a little collage and some Dylusions paints, this page came to life.

This is what this month’s mid month challenge was:

You can watch how I made the page in my video:

Here are some stills of the page:


Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating!

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April Mission Inspiration Challenge

April Mission Inspiration Challenge

One of my goals this year is to try and do more art journal prompts or challenges.

A great way to do this is to join Facebook groups that have art challenges or monthly prompts.

To me these sort of challenges will help me grow as a journaler because I will learn to combine things I hadn’t thought to and it pushes you.

One group i’m in and have fun with is the Mission Inspiration Group by Mike Deakin

This is what this month’s challenge was:

Here is what my version of these prompts turned out like. I had a lot of fun, loved the colors!

You can watch my process video and see how I did this on my youtube channel:


Thanks for stopping by and come join the fun!

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Mini Art Journal Page: Hamsa Hand Artfoamie

Mini Art Journal Page: Hamsa Hand Artfoamie


For this Wednesday’s mini art journal page I have a piece of Hamsa art. It is inspired by a new Artfoamie I got from ArtByMarlene: Hamsa Hand.

This is another great easy, quick journal page. It took me under 20 minutes and filled that creative need for the night.

Here is how I did it:

1. I started with a 4″ x 6″ (10.16cm x 15.24cm) piece of mixed media paper.

2. I had some gelli prints I had been making using craft paint and Dina Wakley’s new scribble sticks. I cut out a piece of deli paper with the gelli printing on it and using matte gel medium, I glued it to the page.

3. I dried the page with my Ranger Heat Tool.

4. I then took one of my custom mandala stencils and used the Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide thru it with the Tim Holtz
Blending tool.

5. I then put out a little of the Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise paint on my gelli plate and rolled it out, I stamped my Hamsa Artfoamie into it, then added more paint from the roller.

6. I then put the Hamsa Artfoamie on the paper and voila beautiful print.

7. Next, I dried it with the heat gun again. To make the teal stand out, I went back to my Distress Oxides and grabbed my Peacock Feathers Blue and edged the paper with the blending tool.

8. Then I went and dug out some of my Tim Holtz Small Talk quotes and picked “Live, Create, Tell The Story” and added that to the piece.

9. Last step I had to get my scribbles in so using my Pilot Black Multi Ball pen I added a border.

Now I have another piece of small art in my mini journal that will continue to inspire me.

I hope this piece will inspire you as well. I linked to some of the items I used in case you see something you want for your collection.

Thanks for stopping by, have a creative day!

See my video here on my youtube channel




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Mini Art Journal: ArtFoamie Sugar Skull Page

Mini Art Journal: ArtFoamie Sugar Skull Page

This mini journal page was prompted by two things:

1. A new Artfoamies purchase
2. A hectic day I needed to unwind from.

Have you been there? Long day at work,  you come home and want to do some art but then start looking at your journals and think nope, that will take too long.

This is where a mini art journal is fabulous. I always had scraps of Canson watercolor paper laying around, so one day I cut up a bunch into 4″ x 6″ (10.16cm x 15.24cm) pieces, punched two holes in them and bought some binder rings at the dollar store and voila! Mini Journal

So this weeks post/video is using one sheet of my mini journal page and the following steps:

1. I painted the background of the paper with a Tim Holtz Blending Tool and Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise paint

2. I used my new Ranger heat gun to dry the first layer

3. I then used a Dylusions text stencil with “Melted Chocolate” Dylusions paint, and one of my custom star stencils with “Cut Grass” Dylusions paint to decorate the background. To apply the paint I again used my trusty Blending Tool. (Note: if you use too much paint on the dabber, be sure to keep a journal handy to rub off excess- you then get a cool background for something new later on)

4. Dried the page with the heat gun again.

5. I got out my Dylusions “Black Marble” paint, and I put some on a Gelli plate (about 1tbsp), then I put my roller thru the paint and applied it to my new sugar skull foamie (“Skullie” Love : ArtbyMarlene)

6. Stamped the Art Foamie on the paper.

7. Dried the paper again.

8. Added some Tim Holtz Small Talk cutouts and edged the paper with Distress Oxide “Black Soot”.

It was a pretty quick process, once I figured out where I was heading, haha, and done in under 20 minutes. Just enough time to relax and unwind.

You can see the video of my process on my YouTube channel:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post will inspire you. I try each time to include links to some of the items I used so if you like an item you can find them.

Happy Painting!


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DIY Art Tag Napkin Backgrounds and Inspiration

DIY Art Tag Napkin Backgrounds and Inspiration

A question that often comes up to artists/creative types is where do we get our inspiration from, how do projects come together. Today I will give you insight into the working of the creative mind and show you how these tags came together. I hope this little journey will help inspire you to see your outings in a new way.

These tags started with a trip to visit my folks for the weekend. My mom and I always like to go out shopping, and I am always looking for inexpensive craft supplies. On this outing, I went to Tuesday Morning and the Hobby Lobby near her. Recently in one of my ATC (Artist Trading Card) groups, a napkin swap was done. I had not thought to collect napkins before. While in Tuesday morning I found these great black and white napkins that were 2.99 and 20% off. I snagged them, as they reminded me of the Tim Holtz Ideaology collage paper, and I thought what a great background they would make. While in Tuesday morning I also picked up some sale Graphics 45 washi tape, because you can never have enough washi tape.
So, after Tuesday Morning we wandered to Hobby Lobby where they had quite a bit of clearance. Here I picked up some tags on clearance, a few stamps that were about 70% off and some clearance archival ink. Now all these components didn’t’ come together for me just yet, I was just adding to my stash. Below is a shot of the haul I got all for under $25.00.

Now I just got a sewing machine for Christmas so I took my mom to look at the fabric and there were some great patterns that caught my eye. Black and white with bits of color. I took photos of them to use in my color collage book for inspiration. They would later inspire me for the tags. Here are some photos below:

Once home from my trip I dumped all my wares on the table and decided to combine the tags with one of the napkins to see how it would work out. Then I colored them, inspired by the fabric I saw.

Step 1 & 2: was to cover the tags in a mat gel medium. I peeled the napkin apart using just the colored layer. I carefully placed it on the tag and then CAREFULLY smoothed it. The napkin when wet is like tissue paper so handle with very gentle hands. I then just tore the edges and wrapped them.
I then carefully added a layer of matte medium to the top and dried with my heat gun.

Step 3. I wanted to add some color. So for one tag I used just my basic watercolors and colored in the flowers. For the other tag I wanted the flowers black and white, so instead, I used my new archival inks with a new stamp to add background colors.


Step 4. When all was dry, I took my black archival ink and with a dabber went around the edges of the tag.
Voila! In less than 10 minutes I have two (2) ready to use tag backgrounds. I have enough of the napkin left to probably get three more tags out of it too!

I hope this quick little tutorial gave you some inspiration and will help you see the materials you have around you in a new light. Happy craft hunting.

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