Learn to Decorate an Art Journal & Follow Your Dreams

by Elina Stromberg

Learn to Decorate an Art Journal & Follow Your Dreams

I love using stamped, colored and fussy cut images on my card projects, but they also make great collage elements for art journal pages. This page was inspired by a new stamp set I purchased a short while back. I liked the oval background illustration on the stamp package and decided to replicate it on my journal page. Instead of using the original pink and purple color scheme I decided to create a blue night scenery and to put the lovely girl and the moon on a sparkling and shimmering blue night sky background. I think that the versatile Rinea foil was a perfect choice for this project as was the white StazOn Pigment ink: It’s a creamy pigment ink suitable for all surfaces. I was happy to see how beautifully the white ink worked on the blue Rinea foil!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the main image on white cardstock. When coloring with alcohol markers, use water-soluble Memento ink for stamping. When using watercolors or watercolor pencils, use VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Cut out the colored image with scissors. Draw an oval on white paper. Cut out and trim a slice from the left side. This straight line will be placed on the edge of the journal page. Use the white paper as a template to trace the same shape on blue Rinea foil. Cut with scissors. Then cut the foil oval slightly smaller than the paper template; remove approx. ¼ inch from the round edge.


Step 2

Decorate the round edge of the paper oval with heat embossing: Dab VersaMark on the edge and cover with Mboss embossing powder in Silver. Heat set with a heat tool.


Step 3

Mat the foil oval onto the white/silver paper. Stamp the sentiment on foil using StazOn Pigment inkpad in Snowflake.


Step 4

Paint the journal page background with blue acrylic paint. The oval main image area can be left unpainted. Add a hint of light blue and pink on the dark blue paint.


Step 5

While the paint is still wet sprinkle sparkling ‘Shimmery Night Sky’ Mboss embossing powder on the page. Let dry. Once dry heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool. Glue the ovals and “girl sitting on the moon” image on the page. Paint stars on the page background using white StazOn Pigment ink and a cotton swab. You can stop there or continue to craft until you are happy.

 

Supplies

Imagine


Other

  • Rinea Foil Paper – Glossy Sapphire/Gold
  • Carabelle Studio – ‘Follow Your Dreams’ Stamp set
  • Promarker Alcohol Markers
  • Piece of white paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint – Blue, Light blue, light pink
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton swab
  • Heat tool
  • Glue
  • Art journal book

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

Directions


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.


Step 
7

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!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 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

See How to Create a Journal Cover with Walnut Crystals

by Iris Rodriguez

“Bloom where you are planted” is a phrase that means to make the best of our situation…a theme for my art journal page this month. For this journal page, I used Imagine’s Walnut Ink Crystals, which I find to be absolutely fabulous. Use them to create mottled, scumbled, drippy, sprinkly, watercolored painterly effects. Use this effect as a background or paint images with these effects. It plays well with other inks.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1.5 Hours

Directions


Step 1

Begin by stamping and embossing with Imagine’s white embossing powder. I was going for a theme of rulers and flowers, denoting growing and blooming.


Step 2

Spray the paper with a little water in random areas. Sprinkle the Walnut Ink Crystals, they look like coffee grinds. Spray more water in random areas, to allow the crystals to dissolve more than others. To color in sections, use a paintbrush to color.


Step 3

Techniques for varying the look of the Walnut Ink Crystals. Leave crystals as is, spray more water on some areas, for a watercolored look-paint with a brush, hold the paper up and spray water on the top of the paper and allow the ink to drip down. Allow the paper to completely dry.


Step 4

Add a different, but contrasting color. Place a few drops of Tropical Lagoon All-Purpose Ink on your surface, spray a little water into the ink. Brush the ink in random areas. Spray water and allow the ink to drip. Allow the paper to completely dry.


Step 5

Touch up areas with the walnut ink with a brush. Dissolve a few crystals completely in water to make a solid ink solution. I like to scumble ink in areas, making it look, a little like soil. Allow the paper to completely dry.

Step 6

Using white acrylic paint and Imagine’s Jumbo Dauber, stencil in flowers in random sections. Wash the dauber right away. Allow the paint to dry completely.


Step 7

Place the stencils over the same flowers that were just stenciled with the acrylic paint and color in the flowers by inking with pad directly or using InkBlushers.


Step 8

Vary the look by blending several color inks. Color the flower’s outline with a white Posca pen. Add a sentiment and you’re done.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper 9 x 12 inches
  • Carabelle Studio – Steampunk Metre stamp
  • Flower stencils
  • White acrylic paint
  • Posca pen-white (fine)

Create a Vibrant Art Journal Page to Tell Your Story

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a Vibrant Art Journal Page to Tell Your Story

Have you ever been attracted a shape, a pattern, an image, a technique and you don’t know why? For me, it’s been Asemic writing and abstract figures. Asemic writing is a wordless form of writing. It makes words look real, but it’s not meant to be read. This is a perfect way to express that you can write your own story every day and that nothing is set in stone. Imagine’s irRESISTible Pico Embellisher is a very fine mark-making tool and a medium perfect for Asemic writing. See how I make this vibrant journal page.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the watercolor paper with water. Then brush on the All-Purpose Ink in Rose Pink, and Tropical Lagoon. Also, Brush on Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion. Do not blend or the colors will turn into a mud color. Rather color in separate areas. You can lightly blend the edges with a brush. Dry the paper.


Step 2

Use an InkBlushers to stencil in patterns with VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red, Monarch and Warm Breeze. You can use any stencil pattern you happen to have.


Step 3

To get a dimensional look, like you see on the top right of the of the image above, stencil the shape with a dark color, then place the stencil over the same area and slightly offset it, stencil a lighter color ink.


Step 4

The Dina Wakley stencil contains the positive and negative shapes. The cutout (positive) piece is considered a mask. Place the mask on the substrate. Make an outline with the VersaFine Clair in Nocturne using a Sponge Dauber.


Step 5

Continue to add to the shadows around the silhouette.


Step 6

Place a few drops of All-Purpose Ink in White onto your craft matt and pounce the Inkblusher into it and color inside the silhouette. This ink is opaque, so a couple of drops is more than enough. This will make the silhouette standout, while slightly making out the color and patterns underneath.


Step 7

Make Asemic writing marks inside the silhouette with the IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black. It helps if you think of several parts of a phrase, song, poem and abstractedly and write it out.


Step 8

On a piece of white cardstock paper, stamp out a sentiment, then cut it out. Glue onto the page. Draw a frame with the black IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher for added interest.

Thank you! If you would like to learn more about stenciling then please see a full tutorial: Learn the Basics of Stenciling

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Watercolor paper
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Rebekah Meier stencil; Star and Flower
  • Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Arrows stencil
  • Dina Wakley Casey & Penelope stencil
  • Alphabet stamps

How to Create a Pressed Flower Art Journal Page

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Create a Pressed Flower Art Journal Page

Wisteria is one of my favorite flowers but its season is all too brief. This year I’ve preserved a cluster in my art journal on a rich bed of pigment made up of layers of Fireworks Sprays and Creative Medium, taking my color inspiration from the blooms themselves. Creative Medium both protects the layers I’ve built up and gives a perfect surface to build upon—it’s invaluable!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal
  • White Cardstock
  • Gesso
  • Pressed Flowers
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Uniball – White Signo Pen
  • Faber Castel – Pitt Brush Pen
  • Tweezers
  • Wax Paper

How to Make a Notebook Cover with Fabric

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Make a Notebook Cover with Fabric by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Whether you’re decorating a pre-made notebook or putting the finishing touches on a book you’ve made yourself, there’s nothing that puts it over the top like custom endpapers. In this project I used the same stamp for the cover as the end papers for continuity and even added a string closure to keep it snugly closed as the book gets filled up in the coming year.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Small notebook
  • Book cloth
  • Ribbon
  • Copy Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Studio Calico – Storyteller stamp
  • Hardcarved stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Helmar – Super-Tac Glue
  • Binder Clips
  • Bone Folder
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
  • Paper Punch
  • Eyelet and Setter
  • Embroidery Floss