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ArtJournalExpressLogoHappy Monday everyone! Welcome to another edition of 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.  I have to tell you, I’ve been absolutely loving creating this series and hope that you have been enjoying it as well.!

When I first came up with the concept of Art Journal Express it was my goal and heart’s desire to try to take some of the mystery and potential intimidation or overwhelm that you might be feeling at the thought of art journaling.  I still remember well the first time I discovered art journaling – it was through the Art Journaling magazine put out by Stampington.  I was absolutely blown away.  I had never seen anything like it.  I was so drawn to it, but at the same time, I felt intimidated.  It seemed so overwhelming – there were so many layers, so many different techniques, a multitude of different supplies…..I had no clue where to start.  It took well over a YEAR for me to gather up the courage and wherewithal to actually start.  And even then, it took me about another year and half (or more) to actually get going doing it.  Since then I’ve never looked back.  It has been such a fantastic creative outlet for me and it’s really helped me grow creatively.  I also find it therapeutic and great outlet for processing the things going on in your heart and your life.  It can also act as a sense of personal encouragement.  Often times if I am struggling with something then I’ll create a page designed as a reminder of an important lesson I’ve learned, or as an encouragement to myself.

What I hope you gain out of the Art Journal Express series is inspiration and encouragement to dive into art journaling yourself if it’s not something you already do.  I also hope that it is a good demonstration of how to get the most of your paper crafting supplies.  I think oftentimes one of the misconceptions about art journaling – especially if you are coming from the world of paper crafting – is that it is a whole new form of creative expression which involved buying a whole bunch more supplies.  Honestly that couldn’t be further from the truth.  You can use so many of your existing supplies in your art journaling.  All you really need to get started art journaling is a journal, a few paint brushes, some gesso, gel medium and a few of your favourite colours of acrylic paint. Of course you don’t have to use acrylic paint, but it’s probably one of the easiest mediums to work with. I’m working on a blog post which will talk about what supplies you need (or might want to consider) in getting started which should be out soon.

Today’s page is called “She Designed a Life She Loved”.  It’s a pretty simple page (as are pretty much all my pages) and it incorporates many of my favourite paper crafting supplies from my stash.


I created this page as a reminder to myself that creating a life that I love is my responsibility – each and every day I have a choice as to how I spend my time – so I need to choose to spend my time wisely according to what my priorities are.

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 will likely be the journal that I use for every one of my Art Journal Express Video tutorials is 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 – a combination of acrylic paints, india ink, stamps and washi tape.


Here are the exact supplies I used for this page: Bright Yellow acrylic paint (craft smart); Gel Medium Matte (Liquitex); Black Bombay India Ink (Dr. Ph Martin – I forgot to include this in the picture); Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger); Permaball Pen (Pilot – purchased from Scarlet Lime store);  R22, R27 Copic Sketch (Copic); small wood veneer stars (Studio Calico); Mini Tri Mosaic 6″ x 6″ stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop); Portfolio Photo Frames (Pink Paislee); She Said stamp set (Donna Downey/Unity); Assorted Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn, Love My Tapes, Bella Blvd), black thread (fabric store); sponge

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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P.S. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section then in 1-2 days come back to the comments section to see my answer 🙂

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