Art journal · Gel printing · Mixed media

Art Journal | Inspiration Station

It’s time for a project from another Inspiration Station challenge, where my sister and I select a theme, and each of us creates something inspired by the theme.Β  It was my sister’s turn to pick the inspiration this month, and she made a mood board for us from the pictures that inspired her.

Inspiration Station | Jun inspiration

We also created a logo for our challenge because, why not? (And because we were bored one day.) πŸ˜‰ We used a project from each of us for the sections.

Inspiration Station logo

For this month’s Inspiration Station, it was the content that interested me more than the colors – circles, patterns and flowers – and I intended to make an art journal page with them. For the longest time, I kept thinking of a design with patterns along the left half of the page, and some poppies on the right half. But the design just felt off, and I kept postponing my project. In the end, I thought I’ll just create some gel prints first, and see where it takes me. I ended up going with the flow, and this is what came out of it –

Art Journal | Inspiration Station | Anita

I already this teal-hued scrap page from my earlier gel printing attempts. I made gel prints along the left and top edges, and at the bottom-left edge. I then added some strokes of pink paint over it. The background appeared too heavy for the poppies, so I added a thin layer of white over it. The design looked good by itself, but the more I worked with it, the more I felt like poppies wouldn’t fit in well with it. Time for me to abandon my plans. πŸ™‚

Art Journal closeup | Inspiration Station | Anita

So I used the circles from the picture as inspiration, and picked up a Spirograph to make a design that would be the base of a mandala-like doodle on one side. As I doodled, I found that the doodling was overpowering the gel-print background, so I started working on the background too, bringing in elements that stuck with me from the inspiration picture. I probably could continue doodling and keep adding more, but I felt this was a point where I could stop so I can still see something of the gel print background.

Art Journal closeup | Inspiration Station | Anita

I found that I like the diagonal placement of the finished content better, so that’s how I’ll store the page. And I’ll incorporate poppies in an art journal page someday. I didn’t watch a bunch of poppy-painting videos on youtube just to drop the idea. πŸ™‚

As for my sister’s project for the challenge – check out her magnificent pen holder! I’d love to have it on my table, actually, but she’s already called dibs on it, so I guess she’ll have to make one for me someday…

9 thoughts on “Art Journal | Inspiration Station

  1. Its such a beautiful art piece – awesome doodling, sis! Love the designs that you’ve created – reminds me of mandalas and magic circles – somehow magical (the blue color also helps!!)
    And I don’t think you need me to make you a pen holder at all – not when you make things so well yourself!! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, Sis! Loved how it turned out too. 😁
      As for the pen holder – there’s something special about getting it as a gift from your sis! πŸ˜‰


    1. Thank you, Ginny! The spirograph turned out to be an awesome base for the mandala, and frankly, it’s what’s keeping the mandala in shape. πŸ˜‰


    1. Ooh, E.C., I too would love to hear a magical story that goes with the doodle! Having watched a few animation movies, I would love to see the lines and shapes moving as well. πŸ™‚

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  2. Beautiful patterns! Somehow I feel that it could be a great piece of fabric… you just gave me an idea, thank you! We’ll see how it works.
    Just love the Spirograph! There are already a few pops of red in your pattern, maybe some poppies wouldn’t do no harm :).

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    1. I’d maybe need more imagination and creative power to add the poppies! πŸ˜‰
      Glad the doodle gave you some ideas! πŸ™‚ Love the thought of such patterns on fabric – I hope your project works out.


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