"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time 2 Create (Art Journal Page)

I was inspired to create my first art journal page by the inspiration that came from C’est Magnifique’s  Inspiration Forum about Texture Paste.  Coincidently, Balzar posted a tutorial on art journaling.  Well, when the universe speaks to me like that, I have to act!  I bought at Canson 7x10 mix media tablet (specifically for acrylics, watercolor, and pen and ink) months ago and just haven’t put any time aside to work on it and didn’t  feel any inspiration to attempt anything either.  Here’s my first page ! 

The texture was created by water misting various areas of the paper and applying a stamp randomly on the moist areas and the dry areas; I stamped on artist tissue paper, tore it, and applied to the paper using a gel medium.  After the page was dry, I applied gesso on a horizontal line and swirled it in various places and applied a heat gun to it to create more bumps and texture.  After that application dried, I applied a light water mist and then applied some glimmer mist over it, on the dry portions of the page, I applied more mist by applying the nozzle as close to the page as possible and letting it drip down the page while holding the paper up. Once the page dried thoroughly, I applied some gold rub-on paint over the raised areas.   That’s it…not too difficult right?


Hope you are inspired to give it a try too, and if you do, let me know so that I may drop by your blog for more inspiration to create the second page.

Thanks for visiting and let me know you were here so that I may stop by and see what you’ve been doing on your blog.


  1. This is gorgeous, Joyce! I sat there staring for a few minutes, wondering, "How in the world did she make that?!" Then I read the rest of your post, thanks for sharing the details, amazing!!

  2. Oh joyful joyful gloriousness my dear! would so want to hold your little masterpiece in my hands and look real close to all the gorgeous details! This looks beyond delish, it's the cream on top of the cherry on top of the cream beautiful!! WTG girl! xoxo

  3. this is so divine, love all the elements and textures, so fabulous :) have a great weekend :)

  4. Joyce, I love your work, I am following you know. I loved all your pages for CSI case files and the rest of your work is just as amazing.
    The journal page is very inspiring. I love the way you used mediums to create such texture.
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog x

  5. this is beautiful! not much of a pastel person but this i love..
    thanks for the sweet comment on my blog - its always nice hearing from other bloggers! ~R

  6. OH dear Joyce, this art journal page is STUNNING! I love all the dimension and beautiful gold detail!

  7. Your work is stunning Joyce! Love all the texture and layers.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment. :)

  8. Stunning. You have combined so many different materials and textures so beautifully.

  9. Joyce I am without words for this job so fabulous!

  10. WOW! Look at that! Sooo soft and feminine. So beautiful Joyce!