Art journal · Mixed media

Good Vibes

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

It’s time for another Inspiration Station project! (This is where my sister and I come up with themes, and interpret them as we will.) This is the tic-tac-toe board that I came up with for the theme –

Inspiration Station – June inspiration

I went with the first column – Flowers, Frames, Stripes.


This time, I seem to have deviated from my recent inspiration station takes, which have used polymer clay in some form. My art journal spread is still mixed media, but without polymer clay.

Good Vibes Only | Art Journal | Anita

I was in the mood for doodling, and made this spread with an emphasis on it. I started out by gessoing the page, over which I made stripes with acrylic paints and a stencil. I used a stencil again for the focal flowers and leaves. I emphasized the stencil outlines of the focals with a white Posca marker.

I started doodling on this composition with gel pens. Every time I doodle, I’m pleasantly surprised about how therapeutic it is, and I vow to doodle more. And then, I promptly try out a different technique in the next spread, and forget all about doodling… Sigh!

Good Vibes Only | Art Journal | Anita

Anyway, after I finished doodling, I added a frame at the edges with black and brown Copic markers. I decided to make the frame a little thinner over the flowers and the leaves – I wanted to leave the doodled parts be. 🙂 I then added more doodles on the frame with the same white Posca marker.

To complete the spread, I stamped a quote using dye inks, and added white acrylics splatters over the spread. Ta da!


And now, do check out my sister’s watercolor painting of a majestic whale swimming in a calm ocean under the moon – it’s such a poetic scenery. I would’ve loved to hang it on my wall if it were a larger piece!

Inspiration Station logo

With this spread, I’m also joining these challenges –

613 Avenue Create Challenge #8 August 2021 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Choose Your Palette
613 Avenue Create Challenge #8 August 2021 – Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Choose Your Palette
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - July - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge – July – Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #August - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #August – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers August Stencil Challenge
Happy Little Stampers August Stencil Challenge
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Brights
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Brights
STAMPlorations August Summer Challenge
STAMPlorations August Summer Challenge

9 thoughts on “Good Vibes

  1. I like your message of ‘good vibes only’. And your doodling illustrations is full of good vibes. Like you, most people say doodling is relaxing but I do seem to have the patience for it. So I just admire the artwork of doodling by others. You’ve got a fun design and pretty colors. The stripes bring to mind bamboo. Wouldn’t this be a beautiful bamboo forest.

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    1. The stripes remind me of bamboo too. Bamboo forest and doodling would be so zen. 🙂 I often think of doodling as too much work too, but once I start on it, it’s definitely relaxing!

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