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. Another beautiful page. Will we see how you finish the book when you’ve completed all the pages, Shari? Also, why do you stamp and emboss the images separately instead of doing them all at the same time?

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the soft colours you chose and thanks for sharing this new technique with the Gesso!

  3. Beautiful project! I love the soft colors. Thanks for the helpful video, I always enjoy and learn from them.

  4. This is so beautiful, it is almost “dreamlike”. Your journal page gave me a great deal of joy.

  5. Beautiful as always. I really love your style. Question: I noticed you used two different heat guns. I have both, too. Can you explain why you used one or the other? Thanks.

  6. Shari…I absolutely love this card, and can’t wait to get some gesso. One question. What kind of paper did you use? Watercolor perhaps?

  7. The colors you used are really gorgeous together…and I am glad to see that I am not the only one that goes back and adds more…maybe a little bit more…and more still…until I think it’s just right. ;)

  8. This is beautiful!! I have never tried my distress inks on gesso before. I love the effect!!! Thanks for sharing!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  9. Stunning! Love the soft colors. Thank you for doing the video because it gave me great inspiration to try this technique. Going to the store tomorrow to get some gesso. Best part of all is I already have these stamps. Thank you!

  10. Exquisite! I love that heart and the beautiful stamping that continues into the next page -fabulous! This would also work well as a card.

  11. This is beautiful! I watched the video and would love to try something like this! I can’t wait to see how you make the book and put them all together too. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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