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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glue the title to the background and add a shadow with the Forest Moss marker.
Stamp a quote from the Simon Says Stamp One With Nature set, on another piece of Infusions colored watercolor paper.
Grounding the tree to the ground makes a big difference and prevents it from looking like it is floating on the page.
The title letters were quite light and the shadow makes them stand out better.
Ink the birds from the Darkroom Door African Trees set with Mermaid Lagoon, mist with water and stamp in the sky.
I also stamped a sentiment from the SSS Uplifting Thoughts set.
Another sentiment was stamped among the branches of trees, this one is from One With Nature.
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.
Thanks so much for reading and thanks to Anna-Karin for being our guest!
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stunning piece of art work = thanks for sharing:)
This is stunning!
this page makes me smile!
That’s just gorgeous, how talented you are. Definitely a work of art!
Very beautiful art journal page!
Wow, simply gorgeous journal page. I love the colors you have used and it’s so pretty!
Wow! This journal page is breathtaking! So peaceful and tranquil! Gorgeous!
The soft colors and great texture make this piece a real beauty!
Wow!!! Gorgeous!!! I love the colors and all the shading you did!!!
Always beautiful, always inspiring!
I envy this type of talent and crafty skills. Absolutely gorgeous
very interesting technique.
Nice project — love the tree stamp
Love this! The colors are gorgeous. Thanks for inspiring me!
Beautiful page! Love the colors & soft look they give this awesome project!
I so appreciate art journal pages…am anxious to do some of that myself, once the school year ends! thank you.
This is such an incredibly beautiful page!! I love the tones and hues – and the little quote at the bottom is the perfect touch!
Beautiful piece of art work!
Thanks for that tutorial. Your page is beautiful.
I’m always floored by the beauty of these creations. Your page has such a beautiful blend of colours.
I think I need to start an art journal. I am such a doodler.
Gorgeous page and
love the inking.
Carla from Utah
Love your work!
Wonderful looking artwork. Bee-utiful stamping & coloring.
Great journal page – love all the colors and pretty elements!
Lovin’ this! The color, the design, the talent. . .all of it rolled into one! Way cool!
Love this! The colors turned out beautifully. Thanks for the tutorial also on getting the the colors to be where they need to be. Great job!
A great journaling page. The background colors are beautiful and I love how the stamped tree was created to look like an original painting.
Wow, Anna-Karin! This is simply fabulous!
Stunning page. I love everything about it.
What a stunning piece of art work! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Jinny
Such a beautiful journal page! I’m feeling inspired to try watercolour stamping!
This is such a beautifully created and inspiring journal page! I can easily see it adapted into a card design. Your written tutorial and photos are so helpful for following the techniques you used. tfs
What a gorgeous piece of work! I’m with you, the tree stamp is super cool!
Such an awesome color soothing & relaxing color palette !!
Just love the background, and you got the right colours in the perfect spot for placement! So awesome!
Stunning art journal page! Love it.
Love the sentiments and the peaceful, calming feel of your creation!
So inspiring! Awesome project AnnaKarin. TFS
Oh wow, that is just stunning!
So beautiful and dreamy! Love the detailed tutorial. It is very helpful.
Love this beautiful Art Journal page! Lovely choice of colors.
This is so beautiful xxx
What a beautiful layout! Very inspiring! I love how you included so many pictures along the way, thanks for that, thanks for sharing .