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 always LOVE this feature by Shari Carroll! Awesome art journal page, with beautiful color combination, several interesting layers and texture! Just…amazing!

  2. Very pretty color combination. Love the stencil and the stamped flowers. So cool! Your layouts are always so amazing!

  3. I feel like we have known each other for years and you have taught me a lot! I bought Tim’s wild flower dies after seeing what you did with them … now I guess I need the stamps as well. Thank you for enabling me! :)

  4. Love to watch you work Shari. I only wish I could hear your thought process. Cards or Journaling pages, it would be fun to hear what you are thinking. Thanks as always.

  5. I’ll be honest. I don’t now, nor do I plan, to art journal. But this is stunning! I could easily see me changing this to a card. I don’t know how you manage to spray and get this fabulous a background because when I spray a stencil, it looks horrible. Love the colors and think this is what I would call “frameable art!”

  6. Love that stencil! Hadn’t noticed before either. You have a keen eye for shapes Shari! I’m not keen on greys but fabulous design. <3

  7. Beautiful project! Loved watching you create it and show us how it was made! Thanks for sharing!

  8. So beautiful! And I’m now inspired to get out the stains I have and play with some stencils … and just see what I come up with to use at a later time.

  9. WOW – it’s gorgeous! I love how you layered the flowers with different ink colors … the whole project is outstanding. And I loved seeing all of your other pages too. Already looking forward to your next art journal page.

  10. As soon as I opened today’s post, I knew this was Shari’s work. She definitely has a distinguishable style, which I love. Gorgeous work of art!

  11. I’ve never tried art journaling but so enjoy what you do. I just might try it one of these days!

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