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Welcome to another Art Journal Express – a free weekly video tutorial series posted each week (typically) 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.

With today’s art journal page I ended up going a little grungier than usual.  Although I typically love the grunge and graffiti look I very rarely incorporate it into my own artwork.  This page just seemed to have a mind of it’s own. As much as I had an idea in my head of how I wanted this page to look, as it started to come together – it didn’t “feel” right – so I just kept adding to it as I felt led.

Now when I say “felt led” I mean that I was trying very hard not to overthink things and simply listen to my intuition.  For example – after I added the green, I felt as though the page was too bland – the first thing that popped to mind was to try adding some Cobalt Violet Hue through punchinella. Once that thought popped into my head – I didn’t think about it – I just did it.  This has probably been one of the key “lessons” that has led to my growth as an artist – because as an artist, in order to create true to you and to your style – learning to listen to and follow you’re intuition is key.


The theme behind today’s page is very simple. If you’ve read my last few blog posts then you know that there has been a lot of chaos in my life – and that’s what the riot of colour and textures, splats and drips represents.  The big black area represents stillness in the midst of the chaos and the reminder to myself that I need to take the time to slow down and just breathe.  To be still – let go of the chaos, let go of my thoughts and focus on relaxing and breathing.

Here’s a close up of the page:


I’m still 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:  Carbon Black, Manganese Blue Hue, Titan Buff and Cobalt Violet Hue Heavy Body acrylic paint, Gesso (Golden); Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex); Bright Yellow Green Heavy Body acrylic paint (Liquitex); Blickrylic Titanium White acrylic paint (Dick Blick); Extra Fine White Poster Paint Pen (Sharpie);  Deli Paper (Kabnet Wax); K-66 Black marker (Krink); palette knife (art supply store); Bombay Black India Ink (Dr. Ph Martin); Tim Holtz Remnant RubOns Numbers (IdeaOlogy); Dashes & Dots Stencil, Tiny Circles Stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop); Punchinella (fabric store); Cosmetic Sponges (beauty supply outlet); Tim Holtz Soulful Journey stamp set  (Stampers Anonymous); Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger); 1 1/2″ Helvetica Bold Letter Stencils (C-Thru);

Here’s the video tutorial on how I made this 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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