Color a Journal Page in the Style of a Cute Nature Scene

by Elina Stromberg

Stamped collages provide an easy way to create beautiful and colorful pages into your art journal book. For this technique, you can mix and match stamps from various sets and take those small pieces of leftover papers and put them into use. Main images on stamped collages are like paper dolls; first, you stamp and cut out the body, then hair, clothes, and accessories. Finished pieces contain several layers; just like dressed paper dolls!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours


Step 1

Stamp the main image on cream cardstock and again on brown, orange and patterned floral paper.

Step 2

Color the image face, hands, and legs. Add shadows and highlights to the brown hair and the flower-patterned skirt. Cut out. On the non-visible areas trim body image slightly smaller on the edges; this will ease the positioning of the colored and cut details.

Step 3

Using green papers hand-cut waves to build a landscape scenery. If you wish, decorate with stamped patterns.

Step 4

Ink the page background: Dab green ink on the bottom part of the page, and both lighter and darker blues on the top. The area in the middle may be left white as it will be covered with the green scenery papers. 
Create clouds on the inked sky by adding a hint of white gesso on top of the blue ink.

Step 5

Stamp trees on green patterned paper. Highlight the stamped lines with a color pencil. 
Cut out.

Step 6

Stamp flowers and stems on patterned or solid color paper. Color with color pencils and cut out.


Stamp small flower patterns on the layered landscape. Glue flowers on the background. Place the main image on the page. Stamp sentiment text on the bottom of the page. Done!


  • Art Journal book
  • Colorful pieces of leftover papers
  • Carabelle Studio – “The girl smiling” stamp
Simon Says Stamp – One With Nature
Studio Calico – Set 17179
  • Gesso – white
  • Color pencils
  • Scissors

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