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Kindness Unto All Creatures | Art Journal

[Challenge win: Top-5 at More Mixed Media challenge]

Ah, time for a good ol’ art journal page! After my trials with mixed media tags and ATCs, I just wanted to enjoy the incomparable fun that only playing with an art journal can provide. And I ended up with this –

Kindness Unto All Creatures | Art Journal | Anita

While working mostly on vertical A5 pages for my self-imposed challenge – 100 Days of art journaling – I’d wondered if a smaller A6 size might work better for me. When I’m in the mood for it, I could use a 2-page spread for an A5 layout. So this time, I used loose A6 pages for a 2-page spread, just to test the waters. And I loved it! ❤ If I create an A6 layout sometime, and I love that too, I'll pre-bind a thinnish journal so I can stop working with loose pages.

For this spread, I started out with a background of acrylic colors that I used an old card to smoosh around – I love that it worked perfectly this time! (It just wouldn't during my 100 Days challenge.) I brushed a bit of white over the colors to bring down the vibrancy. I then used stencils with metallic acrylics to add some interest (and shine) in some areas. Then I stamped scribbly circles in a few places using distress archival ink.

Kindness Unto All Creatures (shiny closeup) | Art Journal | Anita

On a different paper sheet, I stamped a scribbly birdie using dye inks, and colored it using watercolors and a water brush pen. (The more I use water brush pens, the more I find I like them!) I fussy cut the birdie and pasted it onto the page. I then journaled in the middle of the page using a multiliner pen. I also handwrote a quote using a fineliner pen, cut out the words, and pasted them near the birdie.

To complete the page, I added some splatters across the page. I then outlined the birdie, the words, and the page edges with watercolor pencils, and finally dampened the outlines with water. Ta da!

Products / materials used: Camel Acrylic ColorsCamel Watercolor CakesCopic Multiliner PensCosmetic spongesCrafTreat Crocodile Crackle StencilDerwent Intense Watercolor PencilsDina Wakley Scribbly Circles StampDina Wakley Scribbly Small Birdies StampFevicryl Acrylic ColorsFinnabair Metallic AcrylicsMy Favorite Things Wonky Chevron StencilOld credit cardPlaid ModPodge SatinRanger Distress Archival InkSakura Koi Waterbrush PensTsukineko Dye InksUni Pin Fineliner Pens

With this spread, I’m joining these challenges –

613 Avenue Create
613 Avenue Create – Challenge #229 – ATG w/ optional Shiny
Dina Wakley - Show Us Your Media - A Year of Gratitude
Dina Wakley – Show Us Your Media – A Year of Gratitude – #5 – Kindness
More Mixed Media Challenge
More Mixed Media Challenge – ATG w/ optional Blue
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
Stamplorations January Stencil Challenge
Stamplorations January Stencil Challenge
Stamplorations January Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge
Stamplorations January Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge – Stamps & Splatters

14 thoughts on “Kindness Unto All Creatures | Art Journal

  1. Every time I see the beautiful art journal work that you and other mixed media artists create, I tell myself that I am going to give it another try but my efforts never produce anything that I would come close to sharing. Your page has a very calming effect. I have bookmarked it so I can come back and take another look! Great work!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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    1. Thank you so much, Chana – you made my day! You know, I feel exactly the same way when I see the work of others; I guess I just share my work nevertheless. (What’s the worst that can happen, and all… 🙂 )


  2. Dear Anita, your art journal page is very beautiful! I love the vibrancy of the colors and the watercolor bird. And you can also feel the confiance you gained during your 100 Days of art journaling self-imposed challenge. Great work! Have an amazing and joyful day!

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