Hello everyone! Last week I went back to one of my favorite crafts… Art Journaling. I’ve been sharing my personal journey over at Instagram Live, and I have to say, journaling is a beautiful process. I had stopped journaling because of how introspective it can be, and also because of my very limited time as a busy mom of two. But I recently got a gift from a dear from of mine, Laurie, and she included a traveler’s notebook set for me. I thought it was such a kind and perfect gift! I knew I had to do something special with those notebooks, and then the thought of journaling came back to me…
Art journaling with traveler’s notebook is the right thing for me at this moment in my life… Small pages, quicker spreads, yet meaningful as can be… Click below to watch my latest art journaling live video, in which I walk you through my creative process!
I’ve listed all the supplies used that I could find online for you on the video description. You can also click HEREand HERE, to check them out!
Hope you enjoy today’s post. It’s a little more personal, but it’s certainly something creative that I thought could inspire you to spread your crafty wings! That’s all for now, thanks for stopping by, and until next time!
It’s my birthday, so I wanted to come here and share some inspiration with you! My mission today is to fill the world with color! This time I want to show you something that always feels a little more personal and that is my art journal. I thought the creative process behind this spread could encourage you and that is why I decided to create a post about it.
The Creative Process behind these Pages
This art journal spread started with a simple floral sketch in pencil, that later became a stamp set (see it here)I didn’t want to cover the original sketch, so I decided to draw something around it… That’s when this beautiful girl was born… She wasn’t this pretty at all when it all started and even after several layers of texture and color, she didn’t feel complete to me. I was this close to cover the entire thing with gesso… I just wasn’t feeling it. Actually, I ended up feeling exhausted, so I left it there. Nevertheless, I couldn’t forget about it.
For the last couple of days, every time I walked by my art journal, I felt compelled to open it and work on this spread. I have very limited time so all I did was add details here and there, correct color and so on. Finally, yesterday these pages felt complete to me and they made my heart happy. It felt like a birthday present and it also felt meaningful. Inspiration has great timing, let me tell ya!
So what I want to leave you with today is the following: Have a little faith in yourself. Don’t give up on your art so soon. Come back to it until you’re happy. There’s beauty in the details and details can’t be added to a piece in a minute… It might just take a bit more… If you like this spread, think about how it could have not existed had I covered it with gesso… These pages challenged my faith and patience, but in the end it turned out even better than what I had envisioned.
Some Techniques used on this Art Journaling Spread
The reality is, that all of the colors you see here were layered and then layered some more. The one thing I tried to keep as clean as possible was the girl’s face, which was watercolored with Aquapastels. Other than that, it is all a colorful chaos. The illustration is quite loose and sketchy and that gave me the space to play more with color and media.
Something you don’t get to see quite well through the pictures is that a great part of the page was covered with White Pearl Modeling Paste, which gave a metallic undertone to further paint and ink layers and also made the page sturdier for me to keep adding more layers. This paste will resist watercolors or water based media, so I used paint for the most part to complete the areas were I applied it.
The stenciled corners are actually pockets! When I art journal I always keep my scrap bin nearby and I tend to always grab something from there. This time I used a monoprinted card background (for which you can find a tutorial here)and a floral SVG cut. I ripped the background and adhered them on the corners of both pages to create pockets… They ended up framing the spread beautifully. Then the svg cut ended up embellishing the Sweet William flower on my girl’s hair.
The end result feels like water or the sky… Just so colorful, happy and full of texture. The words I wrote go so well with these pages and were what I had in my heart at the moment of finishing this piece.
Bible Journaling is one of the many way I enjoy using TCW stencils. I usually like to add subtle patterns to create a background with different layers of stenciling. Nevertheless, the beautiful designs The Crafter’s Workshop offers include patterns and textures that could stand on their own as the main focal point of a page. Today I’ll show you how I created this Bible Journaling page in the book of Proverbs, featuring bold stenciled flowers painted with a large 12″x 12″ stencil.
Although many of the products used to create this project were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop, all the opinions stated in this post are my own.
First of all, I think it is important to let you know that the only way a Bible page can hold all these media is if you apply first one or two light layers of Clear Gesso Matte. The gesso will protect the delicate fibers of the page and will allow you to add several layers of paints and other media. Nevertheless, always be careful to layer your media little by little to avoid over saturating your page.
This is a very layered page, but I always try to not cover the words so they can still be read afterwards. What I do to avoid covering the words is use the heavy body acrylic paints only on the margin of the Bible and then use water reactive inks for the rest of the page. So far this technique works great for me. On the other hand, I love how TCW’s heavy body inks have a matte finish and also resist any watercolors or water based inks you layer on top of them. That property is what gave this page all those colorful undertones. I thought I’d prepare a video to quickly show you the process behind this page. Click below to watch.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you’ve never tried TCW stencils on your Bible, I encourage you to go for it. It is an easy and striking way to add color and texture to your page. From repetitive patterns to beautiful themes, I know you will love all the options The Crafter’s Workshop has to offer. That’s all for now. Until next time.
I’m so happy to have the chance to share my first Bible Journaling page of the year with you. I’m thankful to finally had had the chance to sit -or stand up actually- and journal this beautiful verse and chapter.
Creating a Large Interactive Butterfly
I love adding transparencies to all my projects and I had been planning on adding a bold element to my Bible for the longest time. This page is actually interactive. The butterfly actually flips open and the journaling card is adhered to the bible spine and moves together with the pages. I think this is a great idea for those who want to add large art to your page but don’t want to cover the words. This butterfly also works great for covering any personal meditation you want to handwrite on your bible margin.
I printed this butterfly on medium weight vellum using a regular inkjet printer. Using this kind of printer will allow you to heat emboss the image. The ink usually takes a few seconds to dry completely so there is a little bit of open time to add some embossing powder on top of the butterfly to then set it with a heat tool. To add color to the butterfly I used alcohol markers creating a gradient effect and since markers usually leave a streak on vellum, I used a little alcohol to blend and smooth out the colors.
Once I fussy cut the butterfly I cut a piece of vellum that I folded in half to create a hinge, which allows the image to open / fly on the page back and forth. Really cute. I added a strip of washi along the edge of the page to conceal and strengthen the spot to which I adhered the butterfly. I ended up adding the same washi on the journaling page which tied it all together.
My Technique for Backgrounds that don’t cover the Words
For the background I used 2 stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, a bit of their heavy body paints and lots of Distress Oxide inks. But of course, for a page to be able to hold all these media it needs to be prepped first. I used a coat of Clear Gesso Matte, also from TCW, lightly heat set it and started working on my background from there. I am very careful when I’m using acrylic paints and I try to use it mostly on the margin to avoid covering any words. For the rest of the page I try to use transparent media like watercolor or water reactive inks. So far this is my go-to technique and I’m always able to read my Bible no matter how much I add to the page.
Although I had an entire blank page on the other side of this spread I thought a journaling card with the verse I was journaling would be more than enough (at least for now) to finish off this spread. This journaling card ended up being the base of the entire page, from colors to textures and much more.
Supplies: Butterfly digital stamp / Medium Weight (printable) vellum / Brother InkJet Printer / Ranger Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder / Heat Tool / Westcott Detail Scissors / Spectrum Noir alcohol markers / Gold stripes washi tape / Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling card / Therm O Web Mixed Media adhesive / The Crafter’s Workshop – Clear Gesso Matte, Heavy Body Paint in Spun Sugar, Kale Smoothie, TCW739 Trendy Images 12″x 12″ stencil, TCW754 Distressed Details 12″X 12″ stencil / Ranger Ink Blending Tool / Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron / Prima Marketing Journaling Card – Creating in Faith Collection by Jaime Daughtery.
The Inspiration behind this Page
Sometimes the hardest part of Bible Journaling and journaling in general is knowing where to start. I had so many verses written down from our church’s sermons but this journaling card from Prima Marketing was what gave me the inspiration for this page. Psalm 91 is so meaningful to all of us who believe without a shadow of doubt in God’s protection and care for His children. Having had a very difficult series of experiences in a very violent city with high rates of criminality, this chapter has always meant a lot to us as a family. My mom always prays and meditates on this chapter and I am happy that I was able to stop my hectic routine to meditate in the truth of this verse.
So, the reality is that when you are planning or trying to journal on your Bible, every element around you can be an inspiration and can spark something in your heart. That’s why I feel Bible Journaling kits are important for the process especially if just like me you are discovering this new and beautiful journey. This journaling card was sent to me by my IG best friend Laurie from @scrapwithlaurie and it came together with all sorts of beautiful goodies. She was the one who gave me the final push to start Bible Journaling and I’m so thankful that she did!
I’ve noticed that my creative process is very intuitive and usually impulsed by strong emotions, from dissapointment to utter joy… I’m learning to embrace it and that is how all of a sudden I’ve found myself drawing more than ever. Of course, this is not only about drawing to me, it’s far more significant and spiritual.
Today’s art journal spread came from a place of happiness and content. I sketched my girl, left it there and came back to work on it again yesterday. Again, my heart was in a happy place when I started painting and although I didn’t know the details and the story that would emerge, the final meaning of these pages turned out to be very significant to me.
How I painted my pages
For the first time ever, I painted my pages with gouache. My husband got me lots of coloring media on his last work trip to China, including a large Marie’s Extra Fine Gouache set of 36. I enjoyed working with them. It makes so much sense that artists often use gouache for children’s book illustrations. It’s paint and watercolor at the same time. Its properties are a little different from watercolors… It doesn’t blend the same and it’s more opaque I’d say. I felt comfortable using gouache, so I guess this is where trying out new media makes the process much more fun and creative.
I did use some watercolors to add drama around my girl’s eyes. I used Jane Davenport’s Aquapastels (my go to watercolors now a days). For definition and detail I used one Prismacolor pencil (Parma Violet) and an Acrylic Paint Marker from Sharpie (extra fine point). Something that you can’t see on the pictures is the shimmer on the hair and eyes that I added with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker. Of course, to be able to use all these media I added 2 light coats of The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Gesso Matte Translucent, just to be safe and also to avoid any paint to transfer to the back of the pages on which I plan to work.
Although it may be hard to believe once you see a finished page, in many cases the meaning behind it comes through a simple paint splatter that gives birth to a strong idea that you were trying to catalize intuitively. In my case the mountains on the bottom of the page defined what these pages were going to be about. Of course they weren’t mountains at first, but actually gouache dripping upside down and just like that, I knew what I had to do next.
To finish off my page I added Deco Foil in Silver wherever possible… Foiled details -I knew- would go very well and so I used Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive to make little stars. The moon was actually a correction I had to make because -yes- I made a mistake trying to stamp directly on the page and for some reason, it did not work. But hey, it was meant to be (and I love it). I cut the moon from a foiled piece of Therm O Web Mixed Media Sheet that was hanging around somewhere in my studio and it worked great.
New Spark Stamp Kit
If you follow me you know that Spark is one of my latest stamp kits with Unity Stamp Co. One of the sentiments of this kit was -oh so- perfect for this page spread and I decided to heat emboss it on vellum, fold the paper and create a moveable clipart to hang on top of the page. (This sentiment made this girl even more meaningful to me.)
Other Sources of Inspiration
On Saturday I finally got a book I bought even before it’s release, Create Your Life Book by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. I was curious about it and then when I got it all I could do was caress it… It’s so pretty. (I love art books.) But more important than that, one thing I’ve always admired from Tamara is her ability to add lots of little details to a page. I’m usually cautious when I’m finishing a page, because adding too much detail could end up ruining it… But, with Tamara’s book right beside me as a source of inspiration I decided to go for it and I think I did ok considering this is my first time adding doodles to a piece. From a starry sky to heart doodles on my girl’s hair, details really made a difference!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I thought I’d take a moment to share some details about this page spread so you know the creative process I am personally going through and of course to inspire you to pursue your creative path, whichever that is! That’s all for now. Until next time.
Today I wanted to stop by and share a new Bible Journaling page I worked on this morning. I know I had promised you to come back every weekend with a new art journaling inspiration project and that has not happened in the last couple of weeks. That is why I decided to come today, just because, to share a page inspired on a verse that blessed my life yesterday during a new church we visited, called Living Hope. This is the church’s verse and of course I had to journal it.
Hope is such a powerful word. We literally hold on to our hope during these trying times the world is going through. It seems like chaos, confusion and tragedy are everywhere we look at. But when that hope is a hope that relies on our Lord, we remain strong and positive. I know it is hard to realize when we are surrounded by personal challenges, bad health, family conflicts, social crisis, a suffering economy and more, but this verse is a reminder that we have a living hope in Jesus for a bright, good and blessed future.
My precious Instagram friend Laurie from @ScrapwithLauriesent me a package full of beautiful Bible Journaling stamps and other goodies! She is the one who influenced me to finally jump into Bible Journaling and she was absolutely right, I am in love with it. Well, I wanted to use something from her package and she just happened to include a stamp set with a sentiment about hope, that went so well with this verse. I combined it with one of my rubber stamps from Blossoms & Blessings by Unity Stamp Co.I just love this blossom branch stamp… It’s perfect for your Bible margin too!
I prepped my page with TCW Clear Gesso Matte as always. (I will be sharing lots of tips on how this gesso works for my Bible Journaling on my next post!) I stamped the images and the sentiment with Archival ink and the started adding Distress Oxide Inks with a sponge applicator. I splattered some water to create that distressed effect and the drew gold splatters with an oil based marker.
I promised I would be back with a new art journaling inspiration project today… This might as well become a habit! This time I have a page from Psalm 31 that I handdrawn and colored with PanPastel. The softness of the PanPastel goes so well with the bible pages and it so easy to blend and color with.
I knew I wanted a bold floral image on this page. I love floral illustrations and I had to try out this Magnolia here. I handdrawn the flower in pencil first inspired by a photograph online. This time I did not feel the need to prep my page because I was not going to be using any wet media on it. Then I started shading my flower starting with a 430.5 Magenta, adding highlights with 380.8 Red Oxide Tint and 100.5 Titanium White (trying not to touch the rest of the image and only blending it on the lightest spots of the flower). I also added 470.8 Violet Tint to create a little bit of shadows but since my coloring is usually whimsical it is ok if the tones shadows and highlights are so realistic. Finally I used 010 Colorless Blender where I felt it was needed, trying not to overblend because I still wanted those lines or streaks to show on my coloring.
The Sofft applicator with replaceable head (the one the looks like an eyeshadow applicator) is my favorite tool for coloring in detail smaller images. For the center of the Magnolia I used 220.5 Hansa Yellow. The lightest yellow you see is Hansa Yellow on top of water based white marker. (That is a nice trick if you do not have many colors and need to add some highlights.) I outlined the flower and added detail with waterbased paint markers and depending on area I was outlining I tried to use a color that layered subtly with the PanPastel colors… I used pink marker for the petals, yellow for the center of the flower, aqua for the branches.
I applied two light coats of fixative to my page, let it dry over night and came back the next morning to add some soft color around the flower. I used super soft tints 620.8 Phtalo Green Tint, 580.8 Turquoise Tint, and 680.8 Bright Yellow Green Tint with a stencil from TCW called Dramatic Floral and although the effect is very subtle it does add a beautiful blended look around the Magnolia.
This magnolia flower ended up measuring around 9.5 to 10 inches… That is bold for a bible but I have seen bolder illustrations around. Of course, this is only my second bible page so it is always an adventure, no matter what I draw on it.
As for the verse that inspired me to create this page, it was Psalm 31:24: “Be strong, and He will strenghten your heart”. I believe in this verse so much. To endure and persevere while God is also doing His part, giving us strength, providing opportunity were there is only possibility and lifting us even if everyone around us is against us. This Psalm was a blessing to my life this week. I needed it in my life so much, this page.
And that, my friends, is what Bible Journaling is all about. When you transfer your heart to a page with what you have to give, the page gives back what it has for you and somehow a strong bond is created and the words that you meditate on are implanted in your heart forever. Such a beautiful experience.
About PanPastel PanPastel has been generous enough to sponsor me this month as I adventured into the world of Bible Journaling. I encourage you to give them a try! They are so easy to use, to blend and there are just so many ways you can apply it to your projects. It remains as one of my favorite mixed medium and I know that you will love it once you try it. Click here and here to see previous posts using PanPastel.
About this rubber stamp kit
I designed the new stamps in the kitsSparkand Faith & Hope to fit your bible margin too, so feel free to try them out not only for paper crafts but also for cardmaking. It is my biggest hope that the sentiments and images in this kit can inspire you and your friends and family through difficult times and through everyday trials, big and small.
As always, I hope that my post inspires you to create, to believe, to make art and so much more. Thanks so much for reading. I will be back next Friday with another art journaling project to share. Until then.
So you have a new art journal… A few questions come out of no where to haunt you… Where do I start? Will I ruin my journal? Can I fill all these pages? Well, have a little faith! That’s the first ingredient. And then, I’d tell you to relax and have fun, but I know it’s not always easy… Let me tell you what my experience was!
Well, yes, I’ve finally started art journaling… First on my journaling bible (see that post here) and now on a proper art journal… I’d say the process starts even before having the actual journal… Remember that there are many kinds of art journals out there and each of them was made for a different purpose. I’d say you should go for the one that you can afford, a journal that holds the media you plan to use well and of course something you feel comfortable with (meaning size, paper color, paper texture, etc.) I, for instance, enjoy a hard cover, small journal (reminds me of old books). In this case I went for a Strathmore 500 Series Softcover Mixed Media Art Journal, 5.5″x 8″. I chose a mixed media kind because I know I’ll be using it for everything…
I recommend that before starting a journal you try to watch a few videos here and there to see what you like the most, that way you can start gathering supplies and ideas to help you express yourself freely on your new journal. I was ready. I have been flirting with the idea of art journaling for what seems to be too long and I have gathered more than enough supplies to start. It’s been a slow process but a steady one and now I know exactly what I want to draw and write and decoupage, etc. on my pages.
This is my first page. It’s not really a page, it’s actually the inner cover of my journal. One thing I suggest if you plan to do this too is to prep the page with matte clear gesso… I didn’t do that and the page suffered in consequence… But I love it anyways and that’s an important reminder… When you pour your heart into a page, you will always find something to love in it, so be encouraged, you can do this!
The day I started my journal I was feeling a bit tired and I needed to just sit on the couch and relax. So I decided to grab my journal and a pencil to sketch some detailed flowers on my journal. Being relaxed and knowing always that this book is only mine gave me the freedom to play until what I was sketching became something else.
When I was done with these flowers, somehow I could almost see a girl with flowers on her head floating on my page. The process came about so naturally that all I can really tell you is to be yourself, draw and do what you love and you will be filling your pages in no time.
Adding a Shimmery Finish with PanPastel
If you follow me you know that I’ve been into drawing faces this year and I’ve been strongly influenced by my teacher -as I call her- Jane Davenport. I used her new Aquapastels (watercolor crayons) to color my girl and I just love that raw and bold touch they gave her. But I wanted to add some shimmer to the image and I had just the perfect medium for that: White Fine 011 Pearl Medium PanPastel. This PanPastel color is translucent and very, very shimmery… I used my fingers to directly apply and distribute some White Pearl on the pink part of my girl’s hair. I love Pearl PanPastels so much I also ended adding some 953.5 Pearlescent Red to her cheeks too!
I used Micron pens to trace my flower sketch and afterwards for this girl illustration. But I also used an Inkredible pen by Jane Davenport on the face and hair outline to have the ink melt a bit with the watercoloring. I kept the detailed flowers in their original form, with no coloring, to remind myself of how this page actually started… I never thought these simple flowers will bring to life this sweet girl. That comes to show how spontaneous art journaling can be and I totally encourage you to feel free within the pages of your journal to experiment, play, learn and create a beautiful artistic outlet for yourself.
Thanks so much for taking a minute to read this post. If you’re new to art journaling I hope everything I shared helps you in one way or another. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss any of my future art journaling posts! I’m sharing them every Friday when I can. So stay tuned! Until next time.
This year I started out declaring that all things were possible… I’ve truly seen my limits stretch and expand into new territories and it brings so much joy to my heart knowing that God does listen to His children and that He is faithful always.
For years I’ve been flirting with the idea of Art Journaling, but something about having to start from scratch on a white page felt intimidating. Nevertheless I’ve studied and tried out techniques and somehow today I find myself doing exactly what I was the most intimidated by… Bible Journaling. So please join me as I rediscover myself through this beautiful artistic and spiritual outlet. I’ll be sharing some tips today that you might find useful!
Bible Journaling with PanPastel
I knew that one of the first things I wanted to journal on my bible was the journey of women of God.. Each of their stories encourage me and that is how this illustration started off. I sketched it in pencil and knew right away that I wanted to color it with PanPastel.
PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint for the first time. All PanPastel Colors are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers, resulting in rich, ultra soft and super-blendable colors. Each color is loaded with the finest quality artists’ pigments for the most concentrated colors possible. The colors have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable. Uniquely, for pastel color, they can be mixed together for a complete painting palette. Use them with Sofft Tools to get a smooth application every time.
Before starting, I prepared my page with two light coats of clear gesso. I used a heat gun to dry the page, being careful not to over heat it. Once dry, I began layering color, adding shading to the face using Red Iron Oxide Tint, Magenta Tint and Violet Tint. I blended all the colors with a Colorless Blender Pan Pastel. I used Pearlescent Red for her cheeks too!
For the hair I used a beautiful Pearlescent Orange and Diarylide Yellow Tint combined with a little brown watercolor crayon that I used to show you how versatile and blendable PanPastel with other media also! To add highlights to the hair I smudged some paint from a Sharpie water based marker and then added some more Pearlescent orange.
I used Permanent Green, Chrom. Oxide Green Tint and Pearlescent Red for the flower and branches. Pearlescent PanPastel Colors have a beautiful subtle shimmer and they give your projects a lovely finish!
For added details I used color pencils, a white gel pen and a white pen marker, that again work perfectly with PanPastel Colors.
I sealed the the page with two light coats of Workable Fixatif spray and let it dry. Finally I stamped a sentiment from a set called Sending Kindness with black Archival Ink, that I felt went perfectly with the qualities Ruth had! She was bold in a kind, loyal and sincere way… She was patient, she had faith and she was redeemed in the end! To think that she is part of Jesus’ geneaology! So inspiring!
I truly recommend PanPastel for Bible Journaling. It is a dry, easily blendable media with a large variety of colors and finishes. The color goes on smooth and you can keep layering it to create more depth on your image. Do try it out if you can! That’s all for today. I will be back with more art journaling projects soon! Until next time.
One of the things I’ve been noticing this year is I’ve been diving in the world of mixed media, willing to experiment more and being more technique driven than ever. One of the beautiful things I’ve come across with all of my interest is art journaling and mixed media illustration. It’s so new to me, not that I didn’t know about it, but I honestly thought I would never find the time or the ability or the resources… Being able to start is just amazing and so, so inspiring! That comes with a price -at least for me-. Insecurities come to light when you’re trying out something new, they surface as a reminder of how impossible achieving something is. But if I’ve learned something in this life, it’s that nothing is impossible, it may require some time and effort and patience. The key is doing what you love, sooner or later you will get there.
By no means am I saying that I dominate this thing -this beautiful thing called Art Journaling-, but I’m so happy to see some progress and I thought I’d share my latest girl with you. Maybe, just maybe sharing my thoughts and my art will inspire you as well!