Art Journal

Ultimately – Art Journal

“Ultimately all the puzzle pieces fell together… they always do!”

I used the stamp kissing technique with this art journal spread – inking up my Solid Hex Small stamp, then pressing a patterned stamp (here my Grannies, Star Fish, and Blocks stamps) into it to remove ink, and then stamping the hex onto my paper. It’s a great way to use solid and patterned or textured stamps together.

Oh look who showed up to give his kitty inspection? Pretzel always likes to get involved in the studio lol

I tiled up a pattern using plain Solid Hex Small stamps with teal ink and then went back into some with the stamp kissing in black ink.

I love that the stamp kissing gives a bit of grungy effect – almost looks like static on an old black and white tv or an old pixelated photocopy.

To finish it off I did my journaling with Winsor Newton fine liners.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

And I hope you join me on Wednesday October 16th at 3pm EST for a Kaffeeklatsch chat on Facebook! I’ll be broadcasting live from my new studio and catching up with you on everything that’s been going on around here :) Stop by and say Hello!!!

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Be Bad – Art Journal

“Be bad enough to be bad at something new.” – This quote totally makes me wanna just go for it when trying something new. Who cares?!

This one is all about yummy layers. I started with a thin layer of Holbein gouache, and stamped with my Fanfare and Fantastic Small and Large rubber stamps.

Then I dry brushed the copper paint (I made the paint in this class) over parts of it after stamping, added some markmaking and journaling with markers.

I love the play back and forth with all the layers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke


    Wonderful variety of colors and layers and I just love the words Nat!


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Focus Reminder – Art Journal

“Reminder: Focus on your own shit”

I used my Suminagahsi paper -and pasted two different sheets into my journal as the background. And I added a sketch on Deli paper.

I stamped on one of the Suminagahsi papers with my Hex Small stamp and cut them out. After adding them to the page I also stamped my Gnarly foam stamp over top to tie everything together.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Edgy Cities – Art Journal

“Cities with an edge create love, because people have to live & work together!”

I used my suminagashi paper that I marbled for collage – both in the figure and in the blue “balloons” that I stamped with my Fan-tastic Small rubber stamps.

I masked off parts of the Stroll stamps to create my edgy city. Here are the Lady Liberty, Powerhouse, and Brownstone stamps.

I kept a lot of white space in this spread, perfect for showing off the subtle ink patterns of the suminagashi paper.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Gelli Printed Card Mix

I thought it might be nice to play with my Mini Fan Set foam stamps and a Gelli plate to make a few cards.

I used Hero Arts ink pads as well as Memento inks on the gelli plate and then just stamped into the inked up plate and put the cards on top.

I used a fountain pen for my sentiments – lots of options here so I made a variety.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

And don’t forget: today is the final day to sign up for my new online workshop Artful Adventures with Andy Warhol at the Early Bird price! Early Bird Pricing ends TONIGHT, October 7th at 11:59pm EST. This workshop will show you how to interpret some of Warhol’s techniques into your own art journaling and artwork. Collage, repetition, stamp carving and more will be covered. Join us in the classroom! Class begins TODAY!

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Crossing Bridges – Art Journal

“Sometimes you need to burn bridges to stop yourself from crossing them again.”

I stamped out my Fairview Fan foam stamp using Moonlight Duos ink pads – love this art nouveau inspired design.

The figure is drawn using a Holbein marker, nice and sketchy :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Worry Less – Art Journal

Worry Less… Live MORE! One of those helpful reminders to get out of our heads and live in the moment :)

I stamped up a nice little background with acrylic paint and my Jewett Fan foam stamp set – comes with a positive and negative version of the design but instead of layering them I used them separately.

I outlined some of the design and did my quote with my new fav fineliner pens – Winsor Newton. A very happy looking page I think!

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Adventure – Art Journal

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

When I was working on my April Patterns series, I found that the fans could be stamped in a row to leave perfect circles in between. So here I used my Broadway Fan foam stamp set and stamped them out with acrylic paint. I also used the back of the fan for a solid fan shape sometimes. Next I stamped my Mini Hex Set in the circle space, and filled in with Holbein markers.

I added some sketchy lines with Winsor Newton Fineliners to define everything a bit more…

… and to tie it visually to my quote.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Consequences – Art Journal

“Well, well, well, if it isn’t the consequences of my own actions…” lol Don’t you hate when that happens?

This page evolved a bit as I was working on it. Basically I actually didn’t like the outcome of the background due to the colors I chose, and then pushed everything to the backround by applying a thin layer of gesso. So peeking through you see the pattern I made using the Van Vorst Fan foam stamps and the Fanfare rubber stamps. Using gesso to knock stuff back a bit is one of my favorite ways to use it – works so well when you’ve gone a bit too crazy with colors and such.

And it gives you a nice surface to journal on. Here I used a fountain pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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