Blog: Art Journal

Until I Make It – Art Journal

“The place in which I’ll fit will not exist… until I make it” – James Baldwin

I stamped my background with my Solid Square Small and Large rubber stamps, along with the Beacon stamps from the Small Hex and Large Hex sets.

And then I used gesso and Holbein gouache to fade out the stamped areas a bit. On top I stamped my Gnarly and Jazzed foam stamps for some extra marks.

I’m digging the subtle patchwork in the background.

Finally I added my quote with a Fude pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Art Journal Flip Through – 09/2019

I wanted to share a little Flip Through video of my newly finished art journal. 

I keep about 4-5 journals at the same time so they are always filled with an eclectic mix. This one brings back some good memories (from just a few days ago lol) from the Stencilbop Challenge – the place to go if you need inspiration for using those stencils. Looks like there’s also some playing in there from my rubber stamp release this past spring – loved making patterns with those.

Do you keep more than 1 art journal? How quickly do you fill them up?

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  • Christine Kiehl


    This was FUN! I got to see a peek into your sense of humor! I love your work!


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Nothing But Confusion – Art Journal

“I have nothing to offer… except my own confusion.” Jack Kerouac

I began by inking up the page , then spritzing water drops and taking it off with a rag.

You may have noticed that I messed up the title- made me almost abandon the spread but then I realized apparently I do really have only confusion to offer ;)

Confusion and patterns lol. Here I used the Fan-fare set and also the Topper stamp from the Small Circle Jumble set. On the other side of the spread I used the Topper stamp from the Large Circle Jumble set – pretty cool to use for a pattern.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Deep Breath – Art Journal

“She took a deep breath and let it go!”

My patterned background began with my Ornament Wallpaper stencil, then I filled in with the Floral Tile Small set. Next I layered in with my new Solid Hex Small rubber stamp.

And the final touch was layering on top a stamp from my nice little Fanfare set. I used Gouache by Holbein for the stencil- the rest was Moonlight duo ink.

It’s fun to see how the stamps and stencils can work so nicely together.

The final touch was the girl, I drew her using Holbein black ink and their refillable marker. Love the density of their ink and that marker is perfect for all kinds of sketching.

Here are the supplies I used for this page:

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Courage – Art Journal

“Today I choose courage over comfort!” – Brene Brown

I used moon light duo ink with a ranger blending tool through my Art Deco stencil – and then added Fan-fare stamps.

I made the sketch on deli paper with Holbein ink and painted a bit on the sketch with Holbein gouache paint.

For journaling I also used the Holbein ink filled in a refillable Holbein marker – a fun new tool that I am loving.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Glimpse of the Future – Art Journal

“…She was excited to get a glimpse of her future…”

I began stamping out a background with the Space Oddity stamp from my Hex Set Small rubber stamp set. Then I found the Beacon Positive stamp from that set looked pretty awesome filling in the negative space to make a star design.

I went in further with a stamp from the Fanfare set. Really happy with this new background pattern!

I also added this ink drawing on deli paper, adhering it with some gel medium.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Let It Go – Art Journal

My inspiration for this page was Mary Oliver’s poem In Blackwater Woods. To create the background I stamped with my Buenos Aires foam stamp and my Floral Tile Large rubber stamps. Then I added the Floral Tile Small and Fanfare stamps.

To soften the background I used a thin layer of white spray paint and then painted areas with black gesso.

I journaled with a white calligraphy pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Be Present – Art Journal

“Be present!” – always a good thought to remember :)

The colorful centers are from collage paper which I had stamped using a stamp buddy and the Versailles Foam stamp with different acrylic paint colors. I cut out the centers and glued them to the art journal.

Around it I stamped my Fanfare stamps in teal archival ink and my Fantastic Large stamps in gray archival ink. Then I filled in with the Floral Tile Small set and Moonlight duo inks.

Here are some of the supplies that I used:

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  • Gunvor


    I just love the colour contrasts! Thanks for the inspiration!


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That’s Why – Art Journal

They told me I couldn’t… that’s why I did it.

In this case, you shouldn’t really show stuff on social media you are not happy about and so that’s why I do it hahahaha. Because it is all part of the process …the good , the ugly and the in between.

I used my FANtastic Mixed Media Chip as a stencil and monoprinted directly into my art journal.

I added paint and stamped with my FANtastic Large rubber stamp set and my Fanfare stamp set.

At the end I took matte medium and adhered part of the mixed media chip right into it all, framing the stamped fans and giving a bit of texture to the page.

There are elements of the page that I really like – like the monoprinted area and the chipboard as well as the muted stamping but then there are others that I DO NOT LIKE. Basically the colors are totally out of my comfort zone and the very rigid pattern of the chipboard and the stamps was competing with the messiness of other areas. Sometimes that works but here for me it didn’t . It was fun to play though …and sometimes just showing up and doing something creative is ok too …

Here are some of the supplies that I used:

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  • Susan Archibald Debourguignon


    at first i thought this was a guest post because these are not your colors, Nathalie. great job going waaay out of your comfort zone. i like bold, jewel-toned colors … mostly blues and violets and i can stretch to add reds and greens. you inspire me to go create with pastels and all shades of yellow and orange, thank you!


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