Art Journal Page Tutorial

Hey, Strange Birds

I am so excited about our January Journal Challenge.  I am happy to say that I have been creating art every single day for at least an hour for 23 days!  I am so excited about the project, that I think we will do an other in February.  For now, follow our Instagram account One Strange Bird to get a daily dose of color.

For this post, I wanted to share with you a recent page I created with step-by-step instructions. Below is the full, completed page.  This was made one January 20th, 2014 for the topic of kindness. 


Materials needed: mod podge, crayons, brush, washi tape, paint markers, stamps, stamp pads, vintage photo or other ephemera, and letter stencils


Step One: I ripped up some cute, patterned scrapbook paper and glued it all over both pages with mod-podge

ImageStep Two: I mixed a good deal of water into some gesso (or you can use white paint) and layered over the papers to tone down the colors a bit.

ImageStep Three: I ripped up two types of washi tape and put it randomly around the pages

ImageStep Four:  I scribbled and doodled with some crayons to add more color.  I also stamped small stamps and pressed some bubble wrap onto a stamp pad to add more texture.  I embossed some of the bubble wrap impressions to make them even more textured.


Step Five: I used a stencil to add words.  I then filled them in with gold paint.

ImageThat is it!  Have fun in your journal.  Remember it is for you!! Image