Art journal · Gel printing · Mixed media

Blossom for Your Own Joy | Art Journal

[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]

It’s Inspiration Station time! (This is where my sis and I throw themes at each other to inspire our creative sessions.) The theme this time was from my sister, who came up with a much better tic tac toe board than I did last time. My project uses the rightmost vertical line of elements – layers / one image / pattern paper.

Inspiration Station | Feb Inspiration
Inspiration Station – Feb inspiration

This is the second of my recent gel-printing results that I made into an art journal spread. I went in without a plan this time as well – just like I did with the other gel-print – and ended up mostly overwriting the gel-print. When I’d watch art journal videos, I’d sometimes wonder why they would create so many layers that they end up obscuring the earlier ones. Now that I did the same, I have to ask myself – is this my creative evolution? (lol…) πŸ˜‰

Blossom for Your Own Joy | Art Journal | Anita

This spread started out as a ghost print that turned out well. (My ghost prints are usually pretty bad.) I tore up some pattern papers and pasted them onto the edges of the page. To blend them into the page, I brushed some white acrylics at their edges.

I then used some orange & teal acrylics for a paint-lifting effect, where I apply the paints on the page, place a stencil on it, and wipe away the exposed paint. Some of the paint didn’t go away as much as I expected, which resulted in quite a lot of the gel print getting obscured. I dabbed some dark blue acrylics through a stencil for a dotted pattern that connects all these elements on the spread.

Blossom for Your Own Joy | Art Journal | Anita

I then die-cut some poppies for the focal image, and colored them using metallic acrylics. I used a fineliner, an oil-based marker, and a gel pen to embellish the focal a bit more. For the quote, I used a white marker on black background, fussy cut rectangles around the words, and adhered them near the flowers.

Somewhere in the middle of this session, I’d turned the page upside down. πŸ™‚ (I work with loose pages, and don’t go through them in order, especially when working with gel prints.) There was no point trying to fix it though, so I just continued on the spread. That concludes my art journal story for today.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you are staying safe and being arty. Please do check out my sister’s card – her interpretations of our themes are always so beautiful!

Inspiration Station logo


With this spread, I’m also joining the following challenges –

613 Avenue Create Challenge #231 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Use Colored Pencils
613 Avenue Create Challenge #231 – Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Use Colored Pencils
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #382 - Make Your Mark
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #382 – Make Your Mark
Arty Divas - Challenge 18
Arty Divas – Challenge 18
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #112 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #112 – Anything Goes
March Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #73 - Anything Goes
March Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #73 – Anything Goes
HLS March Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
HLS March Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
Stamplorations March Stencil Challenge
Stamplorations March Stencil Challenge

26 thoughts on “Blossom for Your Own Joy | Art Journal

  1. Beautifully created Journal page, adore the one image you used with your gelli made background!!
    So glad you could shared with us at 613 Avenue Create for the challenge! Good Luck!

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    Hugs ~ DT Shell πŸ’•

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  2. Love your journal page, Anita. All your stencil and color layering added so much depth and interest to your page. Your stamped flowers are gorgeous too. TFS and joining us at STAMPlorations Stencil. Hugs…

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  3. Hi Anita! I guess that all the layers have the purpose of creating interest (I’m sure you’ve already noticed πŸ˜€), like all the shades and elements that we can be surprised by, over and over again, when inspecting the whole piece, but yes, sometimes first layers disappear completely.
    Love the poppies… I was waiting for them πŸ™‚
    Stay safe and healthy!

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    1. I love your ever-insightful comments, Cris! Lately, a lot of my sessions end up with the original layers getting mostly obscured. But I totally love the end result, and the original layers definitely contribute to that. Playing until one gets to a point that they love is part of the fun of art journaling, isn’t it? πŸ™‚
      Thanks for your visit, and stay safe!

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  4. I was going to follow you and it turns out I already do. The tic tac toe is a great idea. I usually paint one idea and leave the white space around. These days I’ve been challenging myself to paint the whole page. I like these. Do you see these as digital prints. I do collage stuff and it can be hard to scan.

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    1. Digital prints is an excellent idea! I should see about getting these scanned when the covid situation improves. Funnily enough, it’s hard for me to do what you do – leave a lot of space untouched. πŸ™‚ I’m gonna try it one of these days, though…

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