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. Shari-your art journal pages are fabulous! Thanks for sharing all of the inspiration as well as the techniques!

  2. These art journal pages by Shari are top favorites of mine on this blog. I’ve been inspired to try this collage type journaling and am having fun with it, though I have a long way to go to create pages as magical as Shari’s. The designs, the colors, the techniques are all special with her artistic ability! Thank you, Shari!

  3. This is a beautiful project. I love the background. I hope to try these techniques!! Thanks for your creative inspiration.

  4. Although I definitely ooh and aah over other’s journal projects …like this one!. . .I don’t think I’m ready for this. Always enjoy seeing new-to-me techniques! TFS!

  5. Another beautiful journal page, Shari! I love how you used the sprays over the stencil and the stamped wild flowers in grays are so nice. Thanks for the video.

  6. Very nice. I am not so good with collage projects but I always try new things. I already follow by email.

  7. I love that black journal! Less messy when you can create the pages before adhering them inside. Beautiful page, Shari! Thank you for making us all feel like we can do this too!

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