Art Journal Play Time!

Do you ever find yourself wanting to hit the craft table and create, lots of amazing ideas running through your head, a new medium or product to play with, but just can’t seem to focus on one thing?  I’m sure we all get like this (I can’t be the only one right? LOL), so what do you do…walk away, sit at your table starring at your supplies?

This is how I’ve been feeling, I think that I just have too many things I want to create that I can’t seem to sit and start any of them.  So I decided it was time to just play.  The freedom of having no end project in mind just pulling supplies and seeing where it leads me allows me to get that creative release and fully enjoy the process!!

I actually do this often, sometimes I make tags, they are small & quick and if I don’t like it at the end I just toss it.  Other times I will work in my art journal….but it’s packed and I’ve been missing it.  I solved my problem by starting a new one, when we were at the spring crop Laura was heading to the dollar store and I asked her to look for something I could use for an art journal…this is what she found…


An art journal can be created using any kind of book, this simple (and cheap) composition book is perfect!  If you choose a book that has thin pages before you start working glue 2-3 pages together to make them thicker….trust me on this. 😉


I tried to take photos as I worked on my page to show you, but the lighting in my temporary space is very poor, and I also got so caught up in creating I kind of forgot! LOL  So for today you’ll have to read about my process and I’ll do up some step by step photos another day.

First I covered the page with a coat of gesso, this makes it more sturdy and if you’re using wet mediums gives them more chance to move around.  I wanted to use some of my mists/sprays because they were the right color, but I didn’t want the sprayed look so I took the lids off and used a paint brush to paint the page.


Be sure to dry each layer as you work, this stops the colors from combining and turning muddy.  Next I used a Tim Holtz stencil with Viva Decor Ferro which is a type of modeling paste…but it’s metallic and kind of gritty.  The photos don’t do this product justice, if you were at the crop you would have seen me demo it.


Using some Impression Obsession background stamps and Archival ink I added more texture and layers to the page in random areas. I added a few splatters of mist randomly on the page as well.


Lastly I pulled out some fun Tim Holtz stamps and stamped the main image along with the bottom boarder and corner image using Black Archival ink directly onto the page.  The apothecary bottles were stamped on a separate piece of paper which I cut out and inked with Crushed Olive Distress Ink before gluing down.

The final piece was adding the saying ‘Create With Joy’ which I created using some tiny alpha stamps I found hiding in my stash.  It may seem odd that I would use this saying on this page…but I wanted to show you that it’s about the process, not always what you create.  If you create with joy that’s the important part, allow yourself to let go and just play!

Thanks for joining me today!

0 thoughts on “Art Journal Play Time!

  • I feel that way a lot too Lisa and usually do the same by playing in my art journal. I can relate to getting so lost in the creating it’s no wonder you didn’t stop to take pics lol. The outcome is awesome…love the sentiment…it’s so true!

  • Very cool, I really like the Viva Decor Ferro that will be fun to use and I never thought to use my sprays as paints I will  have to try that !

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