Art Journaling: Deliberate Collage with Shari Carroll

Good Day everyone and Happy New Year!

I’m happy to announce that my Art Journaling feature is back!

I thought I’d start you off easy and work into more challenging techniques as we go along this year. I hope to inspire you to try Art Journaling, to find your style and encourage you to play along with me. Ultimately, I want to instruct on how and when to use mediums so they become less intimidating.

I’ve chosen a new journal that I’ll be using for the year. It’s the Dyan Reaveley Black journal, the size is amazing (8×8 pages). The pages are heavier cardstock which is great for mixed mediums and the color doesn’t bother me since I usually prime my colorful pages with white gesso. I have listed several journals below in the supplies for you to consider.

Today’s page is inspired by time and nature and is what I call a deliberate collage layout where everything has a place… the clean and simple of Art Journaling.


I’ve stacked a few of the Tim Holtz Pocket cards together for the base of my collage. From there I added my stamping while my surface was flat. As a note: I’ve had this package of Pocket cards for a couple of years and still have enough pieces to last me a few years longer.


I used rust paste to distress the clock piece, simply applied it with my finger for an imperfect look. I placed it on the page to frame the flowers on the Pocket card.


I stamped the Tim Holtz Wildflowers using Distress Markers in: Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. A spritz of water to the colored stamp helps to achieve a watercolor look.

I have a full process video for you which you can view below or on our YouTube channel HERE. I hope you enjoy!


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  1. I’ve never been one to art journal as I have no talent in this area, but I sure do appreciate the work involved! Your page is lovely!

  2. Hi Shari, up until this past year I was not into art journaling but after watching a few of these videos, I have learned so much that it has inspired me greatly to try it.
    I have a lovely book my daughter gave me that is perfect for it. I have been saving it for something special but obviously (after seeing your video with the products you used) I need some supplies first. LOL
    Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent.
    Happy New Year!

    I hope to start journaling this year … no, strike that, I PLAN on journaling this year and I WILL DO IT!

  4. I love watching you art journal, your pages are always so pretty and I hope that you keep sharing your pages here on Simon so you can keep inspiring us!! Thanks for sharing

  5. I have a question. Does the Ranger Collage Glue Stick really keep the objects glued down over time and turning of pages? Like I said in earlier comment AWESOME page!

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