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Happy Monday everyone.  Welcome to another Art Journal Express – a free weekly video tutorial series posted each Monday where I show you how I created one of my art journal pages from start to finish. Each and every Art Journal Express video tutorial is in “fast forward” mode and then narrated so that you can see each and every step and hear my thoughts behind my process without having to sit through a loooong video.


When I sat down to create the art journal page I’m sharing with you today, I was feeling absolutely zero inspiration (I created, filmed, edited and uploaded it this past Saturday). I hadn’t done any art journaling since around mid-December, and I hadn’t even touched many of my mixed media supplies.  I was feeling tired and somewhat burned out after a stressful week – Paper Crafter’s Library had crashed on Sunday night so I had to pull some pretty long hours to get it back up and running and replace the content we lost at the beginning of the week. It had also been a busy week with lots of appointments and running around with the kids.  And, along with starting with a new personal trainer and resuming my regular workout sessions, I started Karate last week.  So by Friday night I was ready to hibernate for the weekend.  Of course weekends are always busy in our household so hibernating was not an option LOL.  And of course because I hadn’t had the time to do any art journaling during the week – in order to have today’s Art Journal Express I had to create and film on Saturday morning.

Now as I mentioned above, when I sat down to create I was not feeling even remotely creative.  Usually when I sit down and create I either have a page theme in mind, a quote or sometimes I just know that there are certain products I want to try out.  With today’s page? Nothing!  So, since I was feeling kind of blah I decided I was going to apply some grey paint to my page.  Now if you’ve been following me and if you know my preferred style, then you’ll know that bright colors are typically my “thing” – teal, magenta, orange, chartreuse, bright yellows – all of those colours make me happy.  But I just wasn’t feeling it so I decided to pick a colour in keeping with my mood – grey.  After applying quite a bit of grey I decided I needed to bring back some white so I added some white paint using a Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil.  Once that was done, still not really sure where I was going with it, I decided to journal a bit about what I was feeling and thinking.   By the time I had finished journaling I felt so much better so I decided it was time to add some bright pops of colour – so out came the orange and teal. At some point through that process the theme of my page revealed itself to be my one little word for the year, which is persevere (you can read about my one little word here) – so that ended up becoming my title.  At that point I realized that my whole art journal page ended up being really symbolic of the process of persevering – the grey representing whatever challenge we may be facing, and the bright colours representing the rewards that come from persevering.

The journal that I’m working in is my Dylusions journal which you can see pictured below – and it’s the large Dylusions journal. This is the journal I’ve used in every one of my Art Journal Express Video tutorials – and this is my current go-to journal or what I call my “working” journal.


Below is a photo of the supplies I used for this page.


Here are the exact supplies I used for this page: Gesso, Carbon Black, Titanium White Fluid Acrylic, Teal Heavy Bodied Acrylic (Golden); Gloss Super Heavy Gel, Basics Cadmium Orange Hue Acrylic (Liquitex);  Bombay Black India Ink (Dr. Ph. Martin); Blicrylic Fluorescent Orange-Yellow Acrylic paint (Dick Blick); Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil THS016; 6″ x 6″ Mini Chevron Stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop); Canvas alphabet (Prima); Permaball Pen (Pilot – purchased through Scarlet Lime store); Cosmetic sponge, tweezers, old credit card.

Here’s the video tutorial on how I made this page:

Here’s a close up of the page.


And here’s what the two page “spread” looks like in my art journal. My preference has become to use the right page for my art journaling because I know that the pages are flat underneath as they are still untouched so anything I stamp will stamp pretty clear. The other side of the 2 page “spread” – typically the left page – I use to list the supplies I used and for any directions/notes I want to remember about my page or the creative process or the supplies.


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