Art Journal

Watch Me – Art Journal

I can and I will. Watch Me!

I like this quote :) This is a page that started as a demo page at my workshops in Kentucky where I showed different techniques – I always love turning those pages into a finished spread.

some sketching with ink, stenciling and stamping

covering with gesso and taking away gesso

fun and quick.

here are some of the supplies I used besides acrylic paint and gesso:

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  • Sue Clarke


    Inspiring words Nat!


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Important – Art Journal Spread

“It’s not about “What can I do?” – It is all about “What can WE do?”.

I Used acrylic paints and spray paints with my Santiago and Manhattan Stencil.

I sketched with ink on deli paper and then added it to the page.

while the paint was still wet I added some black and titanium white acrylic paint with a palate knife

I also used some rub ons that I found why cleaning up my studio – the “important” note as well as the green stars are from an old set.

Here are some of the supplies that I used in my art journal:

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My Closest Friends – Art Journal Spread

“Sheer Playfulness and Deadly Seriousness are my closest friends” – Philip Roth

Totally resonates with me :)

So sad to hear that one of my favorite authors died.

This spread started as a demo in my art journaling class in Paducah – I always love coming home and finishing or changing those spreads.

Black gesso was a big friend this time :) Here are some of the supplies I used besides Acrylic Paints

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Courage – Art Journal

“What good are wings, without the courage to fly!” . yessss FLLYYYYY :)

I used my Midtown Foam Stamp Set on a print of mine and added some collage elements of the print of the painting to the Art Journal.

You can buy prints and the original painting of Whose Front Yard? in my store.

Have a wonderful courageous day!

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Does it really matter? Art Journal

In the end the question always is…will it matter in 10 years?…and most often the answer is NO even in 5 years.

Thoughts that went through my head about something that didn’t work out the way I would liked it to work out- I was actually really disappointed but to be honest …it really won’t matter even in one year …so I will get over it ;) LOL

I played with spray paint and tried to keep it just to teal, beige and purple. I used my Toledo Stencil and sprayed over- then flipped the stencil to also get the reverse pattern transferred to the background.

The journaling and sketch on deli paper was done with acrylic ink and a bamboo sketching pen and I added some marks by dipping the end of a pencil into paint and stamping with it.

It was a freeing page to do :) Sometimes art journaling just helps you to get some stuff straight ;)

Here are some of the supplies I used

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Forget the rest – Art Journal

“Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.” A good mantra …I will do my best but not stress to remember- LOL

I kept the background simple by stamping alternating the positive and negative Manhattan Foam Stamp on the left- and then doing the same on the right with the Mini Manhattan version. It is fun to not only use the two stamps in the sets on top of each other or each on their own, but to also create fun pattern by using them alternating and in different directions.


I painted over a lady from a catalogue with acrylic paint in red and orange for some pop and added the journaling with a Fude Pen – quick and easy yet fun to create. I am in this weird mode of trying more ways to do less with more breathing space in my art journals – maybe a part of my reorganizing, purging urge right now.

Here is what I used for this spread:

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It’s getting interesting – Art Journal

“Anytime an impossible appeared she knew things would get interesting. ”

I pretty much feel that way- LOL – and sometimes that is a struggle. Like oh wait- that is a hard way and then I go ” oh …let’s go that path”

I wrote the journaling using black ink and a bamboo sketching pen, going over it again with a white signo pen later.

The Maiko is a little sketch I did, I cut it out and then painted inside. The background in blue was created by rolling out thin a think layer of teal and blue  as well as white acrylic paint with a brayer.

Using my Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil I sprayed over with some orange first and then moved the stencil slightly and sprayed over with white again to get more dimension but also to knock the orange back a bit.

And that was it- it was a fun and fast page …not impossible- LOL- but maybe still interesting ;)

Here are the tools and supplies I used for the spread:

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Trapped – Art Journal Spread

“See, I’m a person who wants to do a lot in a body of a person who wants to sleep a lot.”

LOL- so true! This was the beginning of a demo at a workshop and then I finished up the page -it is a bit weird- but I kind of like it. Noticed her mittens …that is what happens when you screw up the hands…you just add mittens ;)

Played with Stabilo Woodies, Ink and stamps

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread

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Start Over – Art Journal Spread

“You don’t have to wait for spring to start over”

Cherry Blossom inspired this journal page …my cherry blossoms are gigantic- hahahaha

I played a bit with my Art Graf Graphite, which comes in a tin – I like it and had totally forgotten it …As I mentioned before, the Reorganisation of my studio totally reminds me of all the treasures I have.

I also used some black ink on top of the graphite and for the blossom centers – I like the soft look of the graphite versus the very defined ink.

We have a lot of those trees in our street and I love the short time everything is a pink spring festival – for me it could last just a tiny bit longer ;)

Speaking of Studio Reorganization – I destashed some wood mounted stamps and stencils which are some of my super favorite designs and you can find them in my store in the Flea Market section :

Check it out- maybe you find something you would love to give a home!

And here are the supplies I used for the art journal spread above:

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