Tree Art Journal Page

Happy Sunday, friends! I’m so delighted to welcome the always lovely Anna-Karin Evaldsson back as a special guest on our blog to share some gorgeous art journaling. Please read on and enjoy!

Tree Art Journal Page

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be here today, and I am going to share an art journal page with you, which I really enjoyed doing. The techniques can be used for other types of projects too, such as cards or scrapbooking layouts.

I love trees and when I saw the SSS Brushed Branches stamp, from the Friends Collection, I knew I had to have it. It is a big stamp and the tree works perfectly for the focal point of a project. The page was done in my Dina Wakley Media Journal, working on a cotton rag watercolor paper page. There are also craft, canvas and burlap pages in the journal. I used Paper Arty’s Infusions Colored Stains for the background and Distress Ink for the watercolor stamping. Let’s start.

Tree Art Journal Page Start by misting the paper quite heavily with water. Sprinkle a very small amount of Infusions Colored Stains into the water. I have pricked a hole in the lid of the bottles so that they work like a salt shaker. Mist more water on the page to help the powders blend. The walnut crystals in the Infusions powders take longer to dissolve and if you want less brown you can dab them off with a paper towel, which I did particularly where I planned to stamp the tree.
You can also do the background with watercolor paint.

Tree Art Journal Page When the background is dry, ink the stamp with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I used a Forest Moss marker to color the branches in the areas inked with the lighter green ink.

Tree Art Journal Page Mist the stamp quite heavily with water (at least five mists) and press onto the background. Leave the stamp in place for a few seconds to give the ink time to transfer.

Tree Art Journal Page I used the Forest Moss marker to ground the tree to the page and dissolve most of it with water and a paint brush. Leave to dry.

Tree Art Journal Page Use the marker to add grass here and there. I also added shadows on the tree and made some of the small branches and twigs darker.

Tree Art Journal Page Color a piece of watercolor paper with A Bit Jaded Infusions and die cut a title from it, using Tim Holtz’s Sizzix Block Talk die. I was planning to have used the Deco Alphabet, but couldn’t find it. Of course, I found it right after I finished the page.

Tree Art Journal Page Glue the title to the background and add a shadow with the Forest Moss marker.

Tree Art Journal Page Stamp a quote from the Simon Says Stamp One With Nature set, on another piece of Infusions colored watercolor paper.

Tree Art Journal Page Grounding the tree to the ground makes a big difference and prevents it from looking like it is floating on the page.

Tree Art Journal Page The title letters were quite light and the shadow makes them stand out better.

Tree Art Journal Page Ink the birds from the Darkroom Door African Trees set with Mermaid Lagoon, mist with water and stamp in the sky.

Tree Art Journal Page I also stamped a sentiment from the SSS Uplifting Thoughts set.

Tree Art Journal Page Another sentiment was stamped among the branches of trees, this one is from One With Nature.

Tree Art Journal Page Here’s a close up of the Distress Marker shadows added to the tree after it was dry. It is easy to do and makes a big difference.

Thank you so much for looking at this tutorial! I hope it inspired you to try out watercolor stamping and Infusions Colored Stains.
Happy crafting!
Anna-Karin

SUPPLIES:

Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp BRUSHED…
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Dina Wakley Ranger MEDIA JOURNAL…
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Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps ONE WITH…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps UPLIFTING…
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Darkroom Door Cling Stamp AFRICAN…
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Paper Artsy A BIT JADED Infusions…
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Paper Artsy EMERALD ISLE Infusions…
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Paper Artsy OLIVE TREE Infusions…
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Paper Artsy GOLDEN SANDS Infusions…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEELED…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOREST…
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MERMAID…
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Tim Holtz Distress Markers FOREST…
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Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix Die BLOCK TALK…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4…
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Thanks so much for reading and thanks to Anna-Karin for being our guest!

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  1. The ethereal look you created is quite dreamy and lovely, and all the little details you added after stamping the tree are small touches but add so much! Lovely quote and sentiments as well. Such a beautiful journal page!

  2. This is so gorgeous. I love the background you were able to create with the color stains, and I especially like that you didn’t cover it up too much. It stands on its own, and I’m glad you let it. Then the tree and birds have a very dreamy silhouette to them that I also really enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing!

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