Steps journal page

Are you a wee bit surprised to see a journal page here?  I’m surprised myself, surprised but pleased. I really enjoyed dreaming it up and making it. It didn’t end up looking as I imagined but that is the way with journal pages is it not?

This art journal is a Fabriano journal; the paper is nice and thick but not watercolour paper so I painted over it with absorbent ground first. Then I grabbed a bunch of stamps from Darkroom Door along with three light coloured oxide inks and stamped mesh, stone and woodgrain texture stamps over the background. I spritzed it with water to soften the edges of the stamped images and dabbed some out too to make it subtler. Even after adding some water it was still bolder than I wanted so I painted another thin layer of absorbent ground over it.

I filled the bottom of the page with repeat stampings of flowers from the Darkroom Door ‘tall flowers‘ set in distress inks then blended some of the big flowers with water. They don’t blend as well as they do on watercolour paper but the effect is still nice.

I added grass and flowers from the DD ‘ nature walk‘ set, also in distress ink then a border with the mesh texture stamp in black soot oxide ink. It was a bit bolder than I wanted so I spritzed then dabbed with a paper towel ( as you can see I’m a fan of the ‘spritz and dab’ ). I splattered wild honey, forest moss and dusty concord diluted ink over the whole spread and it ended up looking like confetti. To boost a few of the flowers I outlined them with fine tipped black markers.

I wrote psalm 18:36 with a brush pen leaving a space to stamp the word ‘steps’ with the DD alphabet medley stamps.  I find choosing words for a journal page tricky, which words and how to add them. But the beauty of a journal page is the experimental nature of it. If I don’t like something on this page, I’ll try something different on another. Once the ink had dried I sealed the large flowers and the lettering with distress micro glaze.

Do you have any art journallers you would recommend for inspiration? I already follow Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Vicky Papaioannou and Maremi SmallArt who all have different styles and inspiring journal pages.

I’m hoping to create in my journals more often and will share pages here if possible. Even if you are not an art journal person the designs can usually be converted to a card and sometimes start out as cards anyway!

Art Supplies (all Darkroom Door stamps are linked in description)

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5 Comments on “Steps journal page”

  1. Pat says:

    This is beautiful Heather and I love the mix of colours with the all the pretty flowers, and the background stamping, and the mesh stamped all round the edge frames it beautifully, and with wonderful words too. I bought a very cheap art journal a while a go just to give it a try but so far it has not been used, so perhaps now seeing yours I will start using it. x

  2. bonklassgmailcom says:

    I have never done journal pages but I really enjoy yours, Heather. I bought a journal a couple of years ago and have never done anything in it. Wish we lived close so you could help me do one. Thanks for all the steps you took. Maybe one of these days, I’ll get to that journal. These pages are gorgeous and inspiring!

  3. creatingincolors says:

    You are so good! This is beautiful.

  4. dianne vescovo says:

    So happy to see this. It’s perfect!!! And inspiring. I am wanting to take a brea!k from my online watercolors classes. Thanks.

  5. Very beautiful. I like your meadow.


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