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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.!

Being a year older and with the new year fast approaching my thoughts are once again turning more and more to where I currently am in life, where I’ve come from and where I want to be.  Although I’ve never really been a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of gal – each year I do try to set “New Years Goals” for myself.   Overall I tend to be a very self-reflective person – meaning that on an ongoing basis I’m thinking about and trying to tackle some of the big questions in my life around my purpose, how I’m using my time, what impact I’m making, how I’m making use of the gifts I’ve been blessed with, what am I doing to develop myself as a person, what kind of a mother am I, what kind of a wife, sister, daughter etc. The month of December tends to be when it all coalesces – where I look at where I am compared to where I was last December and where I want to be in each of the main areas of my life by next December. This year, I’ve started to document some of that process in my art journal.

Today’s page is called “What Direction Should I Take?”.


One of the things you’ll notice as you watch this video is that I used a couple of journaling techniques on this page – one is called Journal Spilling and the other is called Hidden Journaling.  With Journal Spilling you simply spill your thoughts and emotions onto your art journal page without any real thought or planning. Whenever something has been on my heart or on my mind, and something has been bothering me I often find that I need to just get it out on paper.  The act of writing it out seems to get it out of my head, and seems to help me gain clarity.  If whatever I journaled about is negative in nature – so something I needed to get off my chest but once it’s dealt with don’t want to revisit – then I’ll employ the technique I call hidden journaling –  So I’ll cover it up or mostly cover it up.  And that’s what I did for this page. I used my Blickrylic Titanium White paint and mostly covered it up – meaning I left enough of it visible to add a textural element, but covered it up enough that it is no longer readable.

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 and alphabet stickers.


Here are the exact supplies I used for this page: Gesso, Primary Yellow heavy bodied acrylic paint, Cobalt Violet Hue heavy bodied acrylic paint, Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic (Golden); Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex); Claudine Hellmuth Gloss Medium (Ranger);  Black Bombay India Ink (Dr. Ph Martin); White Extra Fine Point water based paint pen (Sharpie); Sketchbook Thickers (American Crafts); Blackberry Mini alphabet Sticker (MLS); Black Permaball Pilot Pen (purchased from Scarlet Lime), Chevron Arrows stencil (Julie Fei Fan Balzer and The Crafter’s Workshop); plastic palette knife, sponges (craft store); old hotel key card

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

Here’s a close up of the page – sorry the pictures are not the best this week. For some reason my camera was having a really hard time picking up the colours accurately and I kept getting a glare off of the black question mark.


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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