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. Beautiful page. And thanks for the great video. I have been intrigued by art journaling for a long time. After watching the video I think I will give it a try. Especially since this is going to be a regular feature and a great way to learn the techniques.

  2. THIS is exactly what I would love to do more of this year – mixed media! Yours is just stunning in every detail.
    Happy New Year!!

  3. Oh! I do love this style of soft collage and I even have the perfect little book to use, that a friend gave me years ago. It has a cloth cover and what looks like handmade kraft paper in it. I always wanted to use it, but was afraid of messing it up. This style seems a perfect way to use it! Thank you!

  4. I love these journal pages and all of the techniques you showed us, Shari. I love the contrast of the rusted clock piece with the soft look of the layout. Thank you for your tutorial!
    Happy New Year!

  5. This is so artistic and beautiful! I never do collage but I love all the layers and way you put everything where they shine!

  6. I really want to start doing some mixed media on canvases. I love posts like these because I get so many good ideas and inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow! Shari’s art journal cover is just right for the beginning of the year and a great prompt for me to fulfill my new year resolution of crafting every day. I’ll be following with great interest.

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