Art Journaling: Live Laugh Love with Shari Carroll

Welcome to the blog everyone and happy Sunday!

I’ve been busy working in my Art Journal and today I’m featuring a “free for all style” where I just went for whatever I grabbed. I started out with some Tim Holtz Expedition ephemera pack and torn dictionary page as the base. I’ve glued these down to an 8.5″x8.5″ piece of watercolor cardstock.

Shari Carroll, Art Journal

I’ve added a layer of watered down gesso for a white wash look and to even the field for adding paints and crayons. The stencils with paste were the next layer, they create texture and shapes to color around.

Art Journal, Shari Carroll

I finger painted with Pentart Acrylics to start building up some soft color. To get bolder with my color, I used Tim Holtz Distress Crayons applied with my fingertip. For easier blending, keep a damp cloth or baby wipe handy to moisten your finger.I concentrated darker colors around the ephemera and outlined them with Stampers Big Brush to give them dimension although they actually sit quite flat.

art journal, Shari Carroll

To finish this up, I stamped the title “Live, Laugh, Love” using the Simon Says Stamp Big Words stamp set with Jet Black Archival ink. I’ll add my journaling on the ephemera pieces with a Pitt Artist pen.

Art Journal, Shari Carroll

I have filmed a full process video which you can watch below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to try a free for all page!

    1. Hi Robin, Art Journaling is anything you want it to be. You can test out techniques, use your favorite papers, draw, paint, what ever you like most. Usually a journal page has an inspirational prompt or message, when you’re done, you can write down your thoughts and use it as an artful diary.

      I hope that helps!

  1. I’m infatuated with art journaling and watching you is mesmerizing. I love all your tutorials and this is one of my favorites. Thanks for your inspiration.

  2. Gorgeous journal page!Love everything about it!From the sentiment and the texture to the colors and highlights!Thank you for the inspiration,Shari!

  3. Every month I think “this one is my favorite” until I go back and look at the other months… I love them all!!

    1. Hi Megan,
      It’s painters tape, my husband had it in the garage. I’m about out, so I’ll need to look for some more.


  4. I haven’t started an Art Journal yet but I have been making some tags so this gives me some great ideas for tags and maybe the inspiration I need to start an Art Journal. PS: I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who uses my fingers to paint/color with. :)

  5. Hi Shari, I just love your art , I see it and I know it is you , your style and colours make me sing
    Thank you for sharing your inspirations ?

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