Hi friends and welcome back! Today I have a beautiful art journal page to share with you, and I am so excited because it’s been a while since I’ve made any! I received the Clique Kits Chromatics Rainbow Sherbet Kit as part of my CT assignment, and wow is it an amazing kit. The patterned papers are a rainbow feast for the eyes, and there were sooo many lovely die cuts, florals and embellishments it was hard to know where to begin! I decided to work with some of these luscious pinks, reds, yellows, and orange shades, so follow along with my process below! If you’d like to see more art journal layouts from me, check out this link: Art Journal/Mixed Media.
This layout marks the beginning of a new art journal for me, so I began by prepping my pages a bit to receive the media I am about to throw at it. I am using a typical notebook that probably came from Barnes & Noble, it is lined and the papers were stitched into the notebook in signatures. I typically go through and tear out parts of the signatures to reduce bulk, and then as I am working my way through the notebook, I create my own canvas within the notebook. To do that, take two pages back to back, adhere them using matte medium and allow to dry. Repeat that on the next two pages, allow to dry, and then your layout is in between your two sets of adhered pages. Add washi tape to the center, gesso over the whole thing, and your page is ready for mixed media.
Since there were so many amazing die cuts in this kit, I decided to make this layout like a collage. I created groupings with the tags, the butterflies, the frames, the tickets, tabs, and then I also tucked in those adorable circles in various places around the layout too. For these frames, I decided I wanted the butterflies to appear as though they were looking through a window, so I placed florals behind the window.
I’ve mirrored the left collage pretty similarly on the right, just using slightly different elements and the yellow/orange colors are more prominent. This helps create a recognizable pattern in our mind’s eye, so the overall layout feels cohesive. As a last touch, I used some Maggie Holmes wood block stamps to add a bit of black to my background, along with Tim Holtz distress paints in Mustard Seed and Festive Berries just splattered about.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about this process and that you are inspired to create today! Thanks so much for joining me!