Art Journal

Medieval Minds – Art Journal

“We are living in modern times and yet we are dominated by medieval minds.”

Isn’t this the truth.

For this background I played with my Buenos Aires Stencil and Star Struck Stencil using Acrylic Spraypaint. I outlined some of the areas with acrylic marker to add some colors that were used in the painting in the collage calendar page.

I remember when I created the original painting that the colors were unusual to use for me and yet I still love the painting- which is for sale here: Highline Original Painting also available as prints.

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Stop Shrinking – Art Journal

For my background I used an old credit card to spread Golden fluid paint and then a Catalyst tool to spread Liquitex soft bodied acrylic paint onto the page.

The small hexagon shapes were stamped with my Hex Set Small rubber stamp set and Moonlight Duos on watercolor paper, then cut out and glued down. I added my journaling with Posca markers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Crossroads – Art Journal

“A Crossroad. What a pain in the ass spot to end up in.”

I started by stamping one of my Mini Motif foam stamps in a circle with grey ink…

then layered a second Mini Motif stamp on that in teal…

and then finally added the rubber stamp Mini Motif stamp on top, using the Versafine in grey again.

Next I added the Versailles rubber stamp from the Floral Tile Large set for a pattern – it reminds me a bit of all those Minton tile patterns I have been seeing lately while looking at house accounts on instagram.

I did my journaling with a water soluble sketch pencil.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Old Buildings – Art Journal

“I study old buildings because I would rather learn from those who built civilization than those who tore it down.”

I sprayed over my Toledo and Manhattan stencils with MTN and Liquitex spray paints, flipping the stencil in between to get a reverse print.

I also stamped the Powerhouse rubber stamp and added some color to the image with markers. I added the writing with a Posca marker.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Creative Squad: I am a Collage – Riikka Kovasin

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have a post and video from Riikka Kovasin who is sharing an art journal page that is an abstract and thoughtful take on our theme this month: I am a Collage – We are all complex beings with many different facets. Create a “self portrait” piece using collage to represent parts of yourself, either literally or in an abstract way.

Riikka is using my Love Knots and Queen Anne rubber stamps.


Sum of its Parts

Moikka! It’s Riikka Kovasin here today with a project for the monthly theme “I am a collage”. If you look at the photo of the project, I’m fairly sure you don’t immediately recognize me from it. But I’m in there! It’s a kind of jigsaw “Where’s Wally”.

Usually, when reading the month’s theme, my head starts spinning with all the possible ideas. But this time, funnily enough, I had a clear picture in my head from the start. I wanted to do a photo transfer and then hide it by cutting the surface apart. In a way going cubistic, but not quite.

Besides the photo transfer, I wanted to use other papers, too. As in my mind collage is a sum of various parts, acquired differently. Like some old book paper, a bit of painted paper and then maybe a cut out photo. Various sources, different textures. As this collage was about me, I wanted to add different aspects of me in a way. For example, like I say in the video, I stamped the “Queen Anne” house to the piece several times as home is important to me. Maybe I should have said “family” instead of “home” as it’s not that much about the building itself but more who are in it and what that building represents.

If you want to see how this quilt came into being, please see the video below!

When making the surface for the photo transfer, I added some of my handwriting in it. My mind drew a complete blank at that point, and I didn’t want to scribble a shopping list this time, so instead I used the first quote that popped in my head. Those were the opening words of Kalevala, Finnish national epic. The opening words in a way were appropriate in several ways – the theme of the phrase is about getting started, the speaker declares that he has an urge to begin the story, much like I was eager to get started or continue with the project. The other thing is that the words are in Finnish, my mother tongue, which bring my nationality to the piece. After all, that’s the culture I’ve grown up with and it’s rooted in me in ways I might not even come to realize.

Even though I had the idea of cutting the photo apart from the start, I needed some pondering when it came to the size and amount of the cuts. Cutting it into same sized squares seemed the easiest solution, although I first played with the idea of different sized rectangular bits. When I had the decision about the squares, it then came down to thinking about the size. Not to have the squares too tiny, I pondered between four and three centimeters, which meant three or four squares in a row. As you could see, I chose the bigger squares and three in a row as I thought that might be more pleasing to the eye.

Throughout the project I also used a lot of the “Love Knots” stamp. I love the graphical design of it, but also what it stands for – the combining, integrative force of love.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely, love filled day!

Xoxo Riikka


Thank you Riikka! Love all the different levels of you in this piece and reading your post too. Sometimes abstract work can be tricky to understand at first glance, but by spending time with it we are gratified with new ideas and ways to create art. This piece is certainly inspiring!!!

Give it a try: you can find all my Rubber Stamps in my Online Shop and in addition to a laser printed image and some ephemera, here are some of the supplies Riikka used:

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Keep on Rolling – Art Journal

I painted a loose street scene with acrylic paints in this art journal spread. I added some details and definition with markers and used stencils and spray paint over the “sky” (my Toledo stencil) and the “street” (my Manhattan stencil).

To add a little bit of pattern into the house I reached for my ATC Mixup stencil. It’s very subtle – basically in the same color as the house where it was painted, just to give some texture and oomph to the colors.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Nat, I just love how the street came out!

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They Know – Art Journal

I was listening to a playlist Basquiat’s family put together sharing what he used to listen to when he was out partying and of course there were a lot of memories of the 80’s connected with it. (Check out my Art Stroll of the Basquiat: King Pleasure exhibit here and also give a listen to the playlist here.)

I was just doodling around and those colors (surprise LOL) were what I gravitated to.

Again, I just used a pencil playfully in one continuous line over the page and then painted in the shapes with different acrylic paints. For the mark making and pattern making I used Posca and Liquitex markers.

“Children know something that most people have forgotten.” – Keith Haring

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Million Different Things – Art Journal

I had some fun just scribbling with a pencil and then filling in the different areas with different bodied acrylic paints – from fluid Golden, to soft body Liquitex, to heavy body Liquitex acrylic paint. I made marks with a brush but also used Posca and Liquitex markers.

I loved how for me this kind of dude started to show up – tongue, nose, eyes and a funny hat included :) What do you see?

The quote reads – “I’m a million different things every day of the week.” – Cecelia Ahern

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    He looks like a party animal that is part lizard plus???

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This ME – Art Journal

“This ME

made whole by combining countless fragments

could not live in any one part with complete ease.”

– Suman Pokhrel

I added some leftover greens and yellow acrylic paints to the background, then brayered white acrylic paint over it. I used a pencil to scribble some neighborhood names into the still wet paint, layered my Art Deco Summit stencil over and used a cosmetic sponge and teal acrylic paint over it. The scribbles are still showing and I love the texture.

I added the different almanac pieces (from the sold out 2022 Artist Almanac Calendar) which were taken from a big painting I once made about Jersey City. Some of the images are of buildings or sights that either do not exist anymore or have changed significantly over the last couple of years since I painted the original painting, titled 99 Cent Dream.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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