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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very cool, love the quote , we all need a bit more patience sometimes
Such a very beautiful and moving art piece I love it
Very pretty journal page. Love the colors and the sentiments used.
This is a GORGEOUS page – I love the blending of the colours, and love pigment crystals – I can’t wait to get my hands on the Infusions!!!
Pretty! Love the sentiments and the tree!
This is so pretty. Love that tree. Beautiful colors.
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!
Very nice journal page, love it.
This is such an inspiring and beautiful layout. Thanks for sharing.
Oh wow, what a beautiful work of art!
The tree stamp is awesome! The birds are perfect, great colors!
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!
BEAUTIFUL LINES AND NICE TECHNIQUE LOVE THE OUT COME.
This page looks super! I love trees and this little place would one to visit often :)!
What a beautiful project!
This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
This is a beautiful page! I love it!
Great page – lots to look at!
So very pretty!!
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Interesting blog. Trees definitely are energy sources. They are conveyors of humility and teach more humanity to humans than humans can.