Art Journal: Be Authentic

Welcome everyone!! It’s the beginning of the month and that means it’s time for my Art Journaling feature! Each month I create a page, taking you through techniques that are easy to try and working you into ones that are more challenging.

Today I’m working with Distress Spray Stains and the Swirling Garden stencil. I’ve chosen colors that are in my muted pallet when mixed together; Iced Spruce, Cracked Pistachio and Antique Linen.

Art Journal, Shari Carroll

Once I had my background sprayed and dry, I stampded the Tim Holtz Wildflowers using Jet Black and Watering Can Archival ink and Simon Says Stamp Smoke ink for varying colors of grey. Check out how the stamped images react over the stenciled background… this is why I love layering!

Art Journal, Shari Carroll

I put together an arrangement of typography items with the Tim Holtz Flash cards and Quote Chips to create my title. To fiinsh off the design, I added a few flowers from the Tim Holtz Bouquet Findings.

Art Journal, Shari Carroll

I’ve filmed a full process video which you can view below or on our YouTube Channel HERE.


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I hope I’ve inspired you to try your hand at art journaling! Thanks for stopping by!

  1. I don’t art journal very often but I really enjoy it when I do. Love your page and the colors you have used!Very inspiring :) ty

  2. WOW! Up until a year ago, I was not into art journaling but you and Vicky P have inspired me greatly and now I am trying my hand at it as well. Thank you!

  3. Beautiful page, I love how you used water to soften the edges of the spray on the stencil, I’ve never thought to do that before. That way you don’t know where the stencil ends, very good idea. Love looking at your pages in your art journal at the end. Thanks for sharing .

  4. Gorgeous art journal page! I love the choice of colors and the composition. All the elements come together beautifully :) Thanks for the video tutorial, loved it.

  5. Very pretty! I love the “nature ” look to this. While I’m not normally into green, you have incorporated it into your project beautifully.

  6. Stunning
    I really love the tiny flowers and all sentiment added to your card
    so many element but still adorable I am not so good at put so many embelly and this card so elegant too
    love love!

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