Art Journal

The Stencilfied Journal – Prompt 23

My wonderful friend Tina Walker is at it again – she invited several people to join her Stencilfied Prompts. The prompts are music related and each week she is posting a song. You can be inspired by the lyrics, the video, the album cover or anything related and the only restriction is that you have to use StencilGirl Product Stencils. Here is my take on Prompt 23

This week the song was Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf. This is definitely a classic, so I pulled some lyrics and then added my own thoughts :)

I used my Hamilton stencil for the background, with spray paint, then ink and paint on top.

I traced some fan shapes using my Fantastic Mixed Media Chip, and also stamped my Broadway Fan stamp from my FANtastic Large stamp set.

Here are some of the supplies that I used:


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Most Important – Art Journal and Mixed Media Chip Tips

“How unique to this human experience that we all just wish to be the most important thing on earth to someone else.” – Tyler Knott Gregson

I used acrylic paint with my new Hexastencil Planet Earth Mixed Media Chip to create my background.

Then I came back and stamped with my Hex Set Large rubber stamps – they are just the right size to work together.

Mixed Media Chips are made of chipboard – here are some tips for helping you give them a longer “life”.

Brush some gel medium on both sides, let dry, this seals it for a bit so you can play with it a bit longer.

Add some artist masking tape around the edges to make it easier to use as a stencil too- you can remove it later.

You can use it as a stencil and line it up for a continuous pattern – makes for great color blending and layering.

And best of all, this hex chip works with my rubber stamp sets.

Here are some of the supplies I used in this post:


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The Stencilfied Journal – Prompt 22

My wonderful friend Tina Walker is at it again – she invited several people to join her Stencilfied Prompts. The prompts are music related and each week she is posting a song. You can be inspired by the lyrics, the video, the album cover or anything related and the only restriction is that you have to use StencilGirl Product Stencils. Here is my take on Prompt 22

This time the song was Lightening Crashes by Live – a grunge classic you could say. And although it is a bit of a bummer, I chose some lyrics and went for powerful colors and a vibrant spread.

I used my Lily Wallpaper stencil – one I designed years ago now but still love so much. I used spray paint, acrylic paint, and a fude pen. I paired it with the coordinating design – the Lily Fan stamp from my Fan-tastic Large stamp set. Mixing the same motifs together in different forms creates some nice unity.

It’s a pretty intense background (“like a rollin’ thunder”?) so I toned it down some with gesso.

And the lyrics found their spot in the center of it all ;)

Here are some of the supplies I used:



And I have a special deal going on now through Friday, June 21st: spend $20 or more in physical products in my online shop, and receive a FREE Exchange Place foam stamp. This is a value of $9.50. Offer available while supplies last.

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Something Real – Art Journal

“I knew I was strong, and maybe like they said, “crazy.” But I had this feeling inside of me that something real was there.” – Charles Bukowski

I built up over an existing background using colorful acrylic paint and gesso and stamped with one of the Fanfare stamps. I’m digging the pops of brighter colors showing through here and there. I used acrylic markers for some mark making.

A great quote from an author I was just reminded of the other day. Maybe time to revisit again since I haven’t since I was a teenager.

And I scratched into the gesso for some more marks, revealing previous layers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Super Power – Art Journal

What’s your superpower? I’m a woman…

I used my Hexastencil Mixed Media Chip to create the hex pattern and then filled in with the Diamond Hex rubber stamp from the Hex Set Large and the Fairview rubber stamp from the FANtastic Small set.

I had a photo of my Aunt Margot from a party (I had so many from the party and was sorting through them recently – such cool images) and just thought it was a perfect fit for the quote and the hex space. Then I trimmed up one of the Hexastencil chips, and applied it with gel medium.

I’m glad I found a way to incorporate the dear photo, in a meaningful way to keep.

Here are some of the supplies that I used:


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  • Sue Clarke

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    Aunt Margot…how nice to see her again on a page.
    I must say that I have always enjoyed your stories about her and the warm memories that it makes me feel for/with you.
    Hope you’re enjoying this summer weather Nat!

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Adventures Begin – Art Journal

“Adventure must start with running away from home… and may result in finding a new home”

I created my background first by painting in different acrylic colors.

I stamped the cityscape using my Powerhouse, Main Station, and Brownstone stamps from my Stroll Through the Hood 1 and 2 stamp sets. And then I added some oomph with a little more color here and there.

As the background was a bit much for me and didn’t really speak to me, I actually painted everything but the area of the city scape with black gesso and stamped part of it with the Jewett Fan from the Fan-tastic Large rubber stamp set.

My night sky was complete with a few Star Tag stamps and my quote. I’m living this adventure right now :)

Here are some of the supplies that I used:


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The Stencilfied Journal – Prompt 21

My wonderful friend Tina Walker is at it again – she invited several people to join her Stencilfied Prompts. The prompts are music related and each week she is posting a song. You can be inspired by the lyrics, the video, the album cover or anything related and the only restriction is that you have to use StencilGirl Product Stencils. Here is my take on Prompt 21

This week’s prompt was Back in Black by AC/DC – a real rock n roll standard. I thought I would sketch a bit of a dangerous looking girl and use a fiery color palette.

I used my Hamburg stencil for the background with acrylic paint and spray paint.

I sketched the girl using Art Graf Kneaded Graphite – a water soluble putty-like stuff that you can draw with and then reactivate with water. It’s an interesting material to work with that I’m digging right now.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Only Knowledge – Art Journal

“People love talking about themselves. For some people that is their only knowledge.” From my shall remain anonymous assistant :)

I made the background pattern with my Gnarly foam stamp and acrylic paint and the Van Vorst stamp in my Floral Tile Small rubber stamp set with red archival ink. The color scheme and the simplicity of it reminds me of Japanese calligraphy.

I put some chalkboard tape down for the quote and wrote in a white calligraphy pen.

Here are some of the supplies that I used:


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  • Sue Clarke

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    Elegant Nat…I really like it!

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Art Journal Flip Through – 05/2019

I wanted to share a little Flip Through video of my newly finished art journal. I started this one in September 2018.

I keep about 4-5 journals at the same time. This is an art journal I made by hand, from start to finish. It’s something I’ve gotten more into and it’s a fun skill to learn. You can take my online workshop BYO Art Journal and start binding your own unique journals too.

Hope you enjoyed the flip through!

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  • ARHuelsenbeck

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    I love looking over your shoulder while you flip through your journal.
    How did you film this? Do you put your camera on a tripod and angle it down?

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Loved it Nat!
    Be brave enough to let yourself be bad is a hard one for me…really need to let go of the need to do things “right”.

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