Art journal · Mixed media

Be You | Art Journal

[Challenge win: Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge]
[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]

A recent art journal spread of mine –

Be You | Art Journal | Anita

As is becoming common these days, I started this spread on a non-empty page. I’d added ‘leftovers’ here in a previous session with my gel plate and acrylics, and it’s both a relief and a challenge when I start with a base that is not empty. 🙂

I started the background using white acrylics and a stencil with the paint-lifting technique on one side of the spread. I tried applying multiple white layers so the white shows well on a dark background, but the stencil shifted on one side without me realizing it, so I left the slightly-hazy result as is.

Be You | Art Journal | Anita

I hand-drew the focal owl on a different piece of paper, fussy cut it, and adhered it onto the spread. I then used watercolor pencils with a water brush pen to color the owl, and a fineliner to outline it. I just love this quirky owl! ❤

I added marks on the background using white markers, and also added some white acrylic splatters. I then stamped a sentiment using dye ink and archival ink, cut rectangles around the words and pasted them on the spread, and used a watercolor pencil at their edges. Ta da!


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

613 Avenue Create Nov Challenge: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Cute Critters
613 Avenue Create Nov Challenge: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Cute Critters
Arty Divas - Challenge 31 - Anything Goes
Arty Divas – Challenge 31 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #127 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #127 – Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge for November - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge for November – Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #11 - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #11 – Anything Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Black
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Black
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Remembrance/Thinking Of You
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Remembrance/Thinking Of You
STAMPlorations November Stencil Challenge
STAMPlorations November Stencil Challenge

21 thoughts on “Be You | Art Journal

  1. That owl is just fantastic!! Its like it’s saying ‘Hooo gives a hoot about all this?!’ Cracks me up!
    Awesome colors – love the depth of it – like a night scene (..which it might actually be!!) And I thought the mandala in the background looks 3d, I dunno how! Its looking awesome!

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    1. You totally get that owl! 😂 The coloring was so therapeutic – I should take some watercoloring lessons from you for my next stop. 😉 And I’m pretty sure any (totally unintended) 3D-ness is due to the shifting of the stencil.

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  2. I am in awe of everything I see here! Awesome!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

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  3. Amazing techniques, an absolutely beautiful creation, wow! So glad you joined us for our ATG Challenge at Arty Divas and I hope to see you again!

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  4. Congratulations! You were selected as a Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create for the week of November 8 – 14, 2020! Thanks so much for your awesome submission to our challenge! Please stop by our blog to grab your badge!

    The 613 Avenue Create Design Team

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