Blog: Art Journal

Outside the Box – Art Journal

“Sometimes trying to think outside the box ends up in thinking right in the box!”

I began this page by sketching a figure… but sometimes what you don’t know is how an art journal spread came together- see me fighting off my cat and spilled ink – and then just deciding to live with it on a weird Monday afternoon in this video:

Although it was fun to have Pretzel’s paw make a cameo, arting with your cat can be tricky. I don’t recommend it lol

But I do recommend just going with what happens when you are working. The spilled ink and all! Actually to bring my page together I used my Paint Splat Mixed Media Chip as a stencil (very fitting with my messy process that day). And I added a stamp from the Fanfare set too.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Aging – Art Journal

“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been” David Bowie

This spread was tons of fun. I used dye spray paints on the left to stamp with my Far Out Stamp, then I used the Large and small Hex Rubber stamps with an inkpad to create a pattern. The area that is painted in acrylic and green was over stamped with white ink and the Far Out stamp- it is very subtle but I like the repetition of the pattern.

Some ink and acrylic paint for the lady and voila ..another very mixed media spread.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Keep Showing Up – Art Journal

“Keep showing up for yourself every day!” – I saw my artist friend Tony Zatzick saying this on Instagram and I really loved it.

I thought it would be fun to combine rubber stamps and foam stamps in one page, both using moonlight duo ink pads. I used the Hex Set Small rubber stamp set.

I also used my Hex Set Large rubber stamps and my Gnarly and Jazzed foam stamps.

I love how the patterns work together and the moonlight duo inks work great with each.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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  • Jean Goza

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    I love everything about this. Awesome quote. Need to post that on my studio wall! Your page layout is amazing. Love the layers. Really speaks to me.

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Shade – Art Journal

“You’ll never shine throwing shade!”

I built a background using the Park Ave fan from the Fantastic Large stamp set. Then I muted it with some thinned out gesso.

I sketched the person and then painted over with some acrylic paint. I really like how loose I was with sketching and painting the jacket. Time to shine!

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Waiting – Art Journal

For this one I chose some stanzas from the poem Mayakovsky by Frank O’Hara.

Here I stamped with my Sold Fan Small and Fanfare rubber stamps using Moonlight Duo inks. I filled more of the page with the pattern, but sometimes you need to edit. So I came back in with acrylic paint and gesso and covered all but this section up.

I went back in with some more pattern here. All in all, a fairly straightforward page, highlighting some poetry that I am currently digging.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Perfect is Overrated – Art Journal

“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!”

I used my pencil eraser for a dot stamp – a simple trick. My pattern includes the Grove Street stamp from my Large Circle Jumble set, the Fairview stamp from the Fantastic Small set, and my Fanfare stamp set.

A look at my background.

Then I added my figure sketched and painted with acrylic paint, ink, and a fude pen on deli paper.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Goals – Art Journal

“I didn’t come this far, to only come this far!”

I received the Scribble Sticks set 3 as a thank you for playing along in the Ranger Designer Challenge in January. I wanted to test them out with my foam stamps. Here is my Funky foam stamp getting a bit of blue…

I wet the foam stamp back and applied the scribble stick and then stamped for the blocks of color. I did the same with the front for the designs.

Here is my Groovy foam stamp design.

Here is a bit of my Gnarly and my Jazzed designs. I loved the colors in this new set – they work perfectly with these foam stamp patterns.

Pretty interesting effect with the back of the stamp too – nice texture. And who doesn’t need a bit of motivation to keep going for more?

Here are some of the supplies that I used:


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  • Sue Clarke

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    Wonderful and I have those stamps and scribble sticks…woot woot.

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Love is Love – Art Journal

Love is Love is Love

I stamped out a rainbow flag in my art journal using a whole bunch of my rubber stamps – they are all in the links below. I’ve been really into using colored ink pads since I got the Moonlight Duos. They work great with my rubber stamp sets and if you remember to clean your stamps in between colors you can get really clean colors.

I finished the page with my Love Knots and Star Tag stamps, and my message with a Fude Pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used, including all those different stamps:


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Good Mood – Art Journal

“The most important decision you will ever make is to be in a good mood.” – Voltaire

I used my Ink Splat Mixed Media Chip here with golden gesso to make a nice thin area of texture on my page.

In the background I used my Far Out foam stamp and my Mini Batik Pattern 1 foam stamp with acrylic paint.

If only it were that easy Voltaire :)

Here are some of the supplies that I used:


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  • Sue Clarke

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    As Barry Neil Kaufman says, happiness is a choice.
    I LOVE these colors together Nat.
    The textured gold “dots” are delightful!

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