Thursday, March 20, 2014

My First Art Journal Page: Strawberries

A few weeks ago I came across Vicky's blog: and I immediately fell in love with her art journal pages. And her videos of her art journals got me hooked!
I have always been intimidated with mixed media art.  To me, it seemed too complicated and you need to have a very artistic mind (which I openly admit that I don't have )to make such beautiful mix media projects. But watching all Vicky's videos really encouraged me to try "new waters". goes.  This is my first art journal page.  I listed all the supplies I used below. The strawberries are Magnolia DooHickey's: Strawberry Tag and the Wild Strawberry & Leaf. I die cut some red patterned paper then colored each strawberry using Fired Brick ink pad and blending tool. For the leaves, I dies cut 2 shades of green card stock and white card stock for the flowers.

First, I glued together a few pages to make the page thicker using Gel Medium. I didn't do a very good job doing that because it started to bubble and stretch a little bit.  At that point, I almost wanted to give up! LOL...But I didn't! Next I glued some TH Tissue paper for my background. Applied a layer of Gel Medium and let it dry. Then I applied a thin layer of gesso. When it dried, I played with Distress Paints. Using the TH Stencil, I added white bubble accents with white Embossing Paste. Then I randomly stamped the mesh stamp with Pink Petunia chalk ink.

When everything was dry, I adhered the strawberries, leaves and flowers using gel medium an also applied gel medium on top. I stamped "i strawberries" using a stamp set from Michaels and Archival Ink Jet Black. The heart is a die cut I found in my stash and I just colored it with a red Faber Castell marker and I added some Crackle accents. I then added some highlights on the letters using a white gel pen.

I dried the whole page using a heat tool then I used Faber-Castell Big Brush markers to add shading to the strawberries, leaves and white flowers. I also added some brown stains around the page using the FCBB markers.

Here you can see the texture from the gel medium that I applied. It makes the surface non-porous and makes it easy to smudge the ink from the FCBB markers

... and a little bit of the embossing paste and the Crackle Paint on the heart. It didn't crackle the way I wanted it to because it was too impatient and I used the heat tool.  I should have just waited! Haha

Overall, I really REALLY enjoyed making this art journal page. The smudging of paint with my fingers, the textures... and even the mistakes I made along the was fun!
I have a few ideas for my next page and I can't wait to start.

Before I forget, I would like to make a shout out to Vicky for being such an inspiration to me!
Thanks, Vicky!  
Please visit her blog and watch her videos and I'm sure you will enjoy and get inspired too!

Thank you for taking time to stop by and see my first art journal page. I hope you like it...
and before I forget again...
Yes, I do LOVE strawberries! Love 'em! Love 'em Love 'em! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. This is amazing!!! I love everything about it! You are a natural and I am so happy that I was the one who inspired you start this art journal journey. You will have a lovely art journal in no time with your talent! hugs

    1. Thank you so much, Vicky for stopping my blog and for your lovely comment! Hugs!


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