Saturday 25 February 2017

stages of a journal page

For me, the more layers I have in my journal page, the more likely I am to have 'eek' moments when I really don't like it.  These pages had a number of these and although I'm ok with the end result, they aren't my faves; and that's ok!

I'm challenging myself to art journal every day and from the middle of Jan to the middle of Feb I incorporated Rae Missigman's 30 day art marks challenge.  Today I thought I'd share the progress behind a couple of those pages.

I started with a madly coloured page which I toned down using Dina Wakley's heavy body white paint through a Stencilgirl stencil.

I challenged myself to use colours I don't normally use for these pages, and I was also trying out a different process, following one of Rae's videos and trying out different layers ..

...which included different papers added as a layer.

Adding a focal point of my own creation, rather than basing it on a stamped image, was a challenge for me.  I chose to tear paper into a shape and at this point the flower was my favourite...

..but once I added colour it was the leaves I was happiest with!  More white paint around the images made them 'pop' a bit better from their busy backgrounds.

I'm particularly pleased with how this challenge got me using my own marks, rather than always using rubber stamps.  I carved some of these into stamps of my own and I'm loving using them in a variety of ways.

detail from flower page

I love how challenges take me out of my comfort zone and encourage me to try new things.  Rae is putting together another challenge for March but it's not too late to join in this one here


  1. oh, I really like this one! the purple flower is gorgeous.

  2. Love this and seeing the process! Have you seen Moo Mania and More's challenge this time - this would be perfect! Hugs, Chrisx

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Sarah! Nice to get you know! Wonderful blog!

  4. Great that you linked this beautiful artsy post to Moo Mania & More Sarah! This is much appreciated! ♥♥♥

  5. gorgeous painting.

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

  6. I like your work !
    Wonderfull colors.

  7. Lovely springtime warmth to the finished pages. I know exactly what you mean about eek moments in the layers, but I think you made your way to a wonderful place. I agree that those leaves are simply gorgeous!
    Alison x


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