Art Journal JOY in my Heart

Hi everyone, it’s Shari here with my April art journal feature. This one is all about texture and soft Spring colors.

For this entry, I played with my Distress inks on Gesso, something I hadn’t tried before. After spritzing the inks with water this amazing thing happened… it’s like batik in a way.. the background white really showed through, like raindrops!

shari carroll joy heart

By coating the paper with Gesso first (and letting it dry completely) it allows the inks sit on the surface rather than soaking in. I kept my journaling and title simple… it has a lot of personal meaning for me as today is my moms birthday, her name was Joy. You could say I have all sorts of joy of life in my heart. :o)

shari carroll joy heart D1

I’ve shot a process video showing how to do the technique, as usual, I sped it up to fit it in the time frame needed. Enjoy!

Hope you were able to follow. I have the supplies listed below in case you missed them.


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  1. Love love this card. I want to use this technique for a card since I don’t journal. You gave me tons of ideas. What was the white strip you used at the end. I didn’t see it in the supplies. Looked like rolled organza to me. Not sure. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Beautiful work of art. Thanks for another lesson, and for sharing your art journal. I appreciate the way in which you have made your journal. It’s a much more affordable way of making an art journal.

  3. absolutely love the art journal. So beautiful. will be trying the technique but to make a card instead of a journal. same question about the organza strip, how did you make that or where is that from?

  4. Beautiful, such lovely soft pastel colours, (what is the strip of flowers please?) Well done and thank you for the tutorial.

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