Motivated in March – Jennifer Gallagher

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we are kicking off a new monthly theme with Jennifer Gallagher in her art journal. She is using my Art Deco Summit stencil, my Jewett foam stamp set and my Floral Tile Large rubber stamps and our theme: Motivated in March – What keeps you motivated to create? Is it a certain material? Your favorite colors that you can’t get enough of? Maybe you get motivated when you see artwork in a museum or out and about? Share with us your creative motivation and then create something inspired by it.


This month we are discussing our creative motivations. It’s Motivation March! I get motivated by experimenting with new products and seeing what I can make them do. A fun product that is pretty new to me is acrylic paint sprays. I have had so much fun learning how to use them that I am motivated to continue to try new color combinations and techniques. This month I am sharing a vintage inspired art journal page using some of my newest n*Studio favorites. Let’s get started.

In my large dylusions journal, I prepped the surface by applying a thick coat of clear gesso. Then I sprayed Aquamarine and Reseda Marabu Art Sprays. 

Moving quickly, I sprayed some Marabu Art Spray in Sienna. Then I spritzed the page with a fine mist of water.

Using a baby wipe, I dabbed up the excess moisture and color.

Using Nat’s Art Deco Summit stencil, I applied vintage photo distress ink through the open sections of the shell designs.

Next, I overlaid the design portions of the stencil back over the previous shell layer. I applied black soot distress ink.

For a vintage design element, I loaded up vintage photo distress ink onto Nat’s Jewett foam stamp and pressed it onto the page. Adding design elements in odd numbers is pleasing to the eye.

To make the right hand page feel more harmonious with the left hand page, also a n*Studio project, I am mirroring the stamped design from that page onto this one. I applied a very thin amount of vintage photo distress ink onto the Versailles positive rubber stamp and pressed it into a few places on my page.

To add to the vintage look, I sprayed Distress Spray Stain in picket fence onto the page. Once dry, I doodled around the shapes with a white gel pen.(Later, I also doodle around them with a black gel pen.)

Using double sided tape, I added a paper doll cut out from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.  Then I finished it off with a sticker from Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker package.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I hope you have found it – motivational! 


Thank you Jennifer – I love the beautiful colors and blending for the spread!

Give it a try: you can find all my Stencils, Foam Stamps, and Rubber Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Jennifer used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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