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. Happy New Year, Shari! Your journal looks awesome and you create collages well with texture and dimension.

  2. i havent done a ton of art journaling but this is so pretty it makes me want to try it out again

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  6. 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

  7. Spectacular! LOVE this art journal page! The way you used the rust is great and I love the layering! TFS!

  8. 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!

  9. This is really pretty. I’ve never tried art journaling. I would need to investigate this more before diving in!

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