Art Journal: Explore, Create, Inspire, Art, and Imagine

Hello again everyone… Today I share 2 blog posts on mixed media The first one is a mixed media card that you can read all about it here. And this is my second post about a mixed media art journal page.

I have been watching some YouTube videos on art journal for beginner and challenged to start this new art journal adventure thjs year 🙂 This two amazing artists, Maremi SmallArt and Carolyn Dube inspire me to get started!


This is my first time creating an art journal page, a mixed media project larger than tag or card! Honestly it was very intimidating and I was so nervouse when I looked at my brand new Canson Mixed Media XL journal book. But then I reminded myself that I need to step out of my comfort zone to be able to learn something new. So I did. Stetching myself from “tag and card” size zone into “art journal” size zone! 😀


I prepped my page with some white gesso and spred it with my palette knife. Then I added the Merry Go Round stencil on my page and randomly I spread some the texture paste with palette knife on the page. Using my pre-heated craft heater, I dried the page.

Then I stamped the circles from Mixed Media Fun stamp set with Archival Black ink pad on the page randomly.

I added some of the light gree, dark gree, blue, light blue and teal gellatos on the top of the page, blended them with my finger, then sprayed them with some water, and let them dripped down the page to add more color to the page.


I ended up with some ink on my craft mat, so I grabbed couple of watercolor paper that I have pre-cut them and smooshed them in the ink. And set them aside to dry while working on the next step.

On my craft mat, I mixed some light blue gellato with texture paste, then I added it on the page with Crisscrossed stencil. I dried them with my craft heater.


Then I added some extra yellow and white using the Big Stamper brush pen and blended it with my finger on the page and the watercolored paper. I also added some line border on the watercolored paper.

I have some matching monoprints, stacked them together with the watercolored papers, added some lace ribbons, and I stapled them with my Mini Stapler, and added them on my paper with 3D foam tape and some liquid glass glue.

I stamped the words on stripes of white cardstock, cut them out, added some shadow with Big Stamper brush pen, and added on the page with liquid glass glue.

And here are the supply list I used to create my art journal page today:

  • Crisscrossed ARTplorations Stencil (STAMPlorations)
  • Merry Go Round ARTplorations Stencil (STAMPlorations)
  • Chevron Stencil Pair (Hero Arts)
  • Mixed Media Fun Stamp Set (Happy Little Stampers)
  • Ribbons and embellishments from my stash
  • Mini stapler (Close To My Heart)
  • Liquid Glass glue (Close To My Heart)
  • 3D foam tape (Scotch)
  • Gellatos (Faber Castell)
  • PITT Artist Big Stamper Brush Pens (Faber Castell)
  • PITT Artist Black Pens (Faber Castell)
  • Archival Ink Pad (Ranger)
  • Dina Wakley White Gesso (Ranger)
  • Texture Paste (Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts)
  • Acrylic paints (Plaid Crafts)
  • Canson Mixed Media XL journal book
  • Canson Watercolor paper 140 lbs.
  • Palette knife, baby wipes, paper towel & water

I am pretty happy with my result! It is what mixed media, you will get unexpected and surprised results. I always learn something new every time I work on mixed media.

Thank You so much for stopping by today and hope you all have fantastic day!

I am playing along at:

HLS Mixed Media January 2017 Challenge – Layers

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #32 – Put a Stencil on It

Simon Says: Start Afresh

Challenge 199: Card Resolutions

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

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20 thoughts on “Art Journal: Explore, Create, Inspire, Art, and Imagine

  1. Helen, I can’t believe this is your first art journal page. I love your color palette, layers & texture, and all the details. Thanks for the inspirations. You made me want to challenge myself too! Helen Liu (DT sister)