Framed Art Journal Page

Thinking Outside the Book

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

A framed art journal page with a butterfly and flower images in oranges and reds by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Not all art journal pages need to stay in a book or binder. Expand your horizon (and page size) by working the same techniques on a larger sheet and framing it for your wall. This example uses a variety of inks to create a layered background is similar hues.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour



Step 1

Create a color palette by spritzing Walnut Ink directly onto the Craft Mat, smearing some Memento Luxe inks onto the mat and spritzing with water, and pouring a bit of All-Purpose Ink. Brush swathes of color, working from light to dark, over the length of the paper.


Step 2

Stamp images with StazOn ink to match the painted background. Adding stamped images in white and black adds some needed depth and contrast.


Step 3

Spritz Goosebumps over the finished background and let dry.


Step 4

Trace the outlines of some of the stamped images with permanent marker to make them stand out and add a quote or saying.


Step 5

Trim to desired size. Cast-off strips can be used to decorate the mat. Mount the finished page to a piece of contrasting cardstock with Tear It! Tape. Slip it into the frame and hang it where it is sure to inspire!


  • Strathmore Bristol – art paper
  • Cardstock
  • Paintbrush
  • Unity Stamp Co – Cre-ate SMAK stamps
  • Our Daily Bread – Harvest Blessings stamps
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Sharpie marker
  • Paper trimmer
  • Picture frame




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