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. I love that art journal page. You make it look so easy but I know it is not. I will have to try mixed media again. I have tried a few times and not liked what I did. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I literally gasped when I saw this, Shari! It’s so beautiful! I love the soft, pretty colors and the awesome depth and dimension you achieved! One of my faves from you, for sure! ❤️

  3. Such a great page. Shari, you are the best when it comes to putting colours together! (I depend on people like you when I am choosing a colour scheme.) Very nicely done!

  4. What a wonderful page, Shari! I am always in awe of your mixed media creations, and you make it look so effortless. Love the color the crayons bring in and how you blended them.

  5. Really like your coloring! what a soft look you’ve created. Some day I hope to create like this, too!

  6. Love your creativity, Shari! So unique and colorful! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Xoxos 😘❤️

  7. Love your art journaling inspiration and how you used multiple products to build your depth. As always I enjoyed watching you create.

  8. Love, love, love this art journal page!! Loving the colors you used and the dimension! Sometimes it’s great just to start playing and see where the page takes you, those are the ones that surprise you :) . Love how this one turned out and everyone that you do always inspire me to do me art journaling myself! Thanks for sharing .

  9. Beautiful art journal page. I have all the Distress crayons but haven’t used them much. Your technique has inspired me.

  10. Loved watching this – and so glad to have a list of materials used because I really want to learn how to do this! I hope it is as easy as you made it look.

  11. I just love your style Ms. Carroll. I’ve tried several times to find your personal blog but I’m not having any success!

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