Art Journaling: Field Notes with Shari Carroll

Welcome to the Blog everyone!! It’s Shari here with an art journal feature using Jane Davenport Collage papers and Vicki Bouton acrylic paints. This was the first time I tried these papers and I had a blast!! They are so colorful!!

Shari Carroll, Art Journaling

I started the page out by tearing portions of the papers and gluing them down in my Dina Wakely Media journal using Clear Gesso. Have I ever mentioned that you can use Gesso to glue papers down? You can! I used it because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use watercolors or acrylic paints afterwards. Watercolors need a better base to hold onto and gel mediums aren’t the best choice. I ended up using acrylic paints.

Art Journaling, Shari Carroll

I used a bit of embossing paste with a Tim Holtz Dotted stencil to give it a bit of texture. I added my paints first by diluting them with water and ended up finger painting with them full strength. This gave me faded areas along with bright areas.

I used a piece of vellum to white embossed some butterflies from the Beautiful Day stamp set, I die cut them and glued them to the page.

Art Journaling, Shari Carroll

I have filmed a full process video showing how this was created, you can view it below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope I’ve brightened your day with some cheerful Spring colors! Enjoy!!

Dina Wakley Ranger MEDIA JOURNAL…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps BEAUTIFUL DAY…
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Simon Says Stamp BEAUTIFUL DAY Wafer…
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Jane Davenport COLLAGE PAPERS Mixed…
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Jane Davenport NAPKIN COLLAGE PAPER…
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Ranger Dylusions Paint SQUEEZED…
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American Crafts Vicki Boutin COLOR…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology QUOTE CHIPS…
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Tim Holtz Layering Stencil DOTTED THS100
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Hero Arts CLASSIC VELLUM LAYERING…
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Simon Says Stamp CRAFT TACKY GLUE…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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The Crafter’s Workshop CLEAR GESSO…
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The Crafter’s Workshop WHITE GESSO…
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Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste WHITE…
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Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE UM-153
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Dina Wakley Ranger PALETTE KNIFE…
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Dina Wakley Ranger MEDIA BRUSHES…
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Ranger ANTI-STATIC POUCH ink62332
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft TRAVEL STAMP…
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And…
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  1. I would not have thought this was your first time using these papers, because you looked really comfortable with them! While it was nice to see the video of the whole process, I also very much enjoyed this blog post so I could understand what you were thinking as you created. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Stunning layout and gorgeous products. So fun to watch your creative process Shari. Great tip to use clear gesso rather than matte medium. I’m a newcomer to multi media project and this will be something to remember.

  3. I have been paying a lot of attention to the art journaling. I love it. I have always been a doodler. This certainly fills my need to doodle.

  4. Love it!! And I love the colors!! The butterflies give it a special touch and more dimension, love them!! I always love your journal pages!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Your pages are beautiful! I really like all of the different elements and textures that you used on them. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. I look forward to your art journal pages so much! As always, this is beautiful, I love the color combinations.

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