Art journaling and mixed media are fun because everyone can do it. No skill level is required. Supplies are whatever you choose. No measuring is needed if you don’t want to. Art journaling is your story. It’s that memoir you always wanted to write. It’s that list of goals you’d been meaning to make. It’s favorite quotes. It’s your story and no one else’s.
I highly recommend the Ranger Dylusions art journal. I have purchased cheaper blank page journals. However, in my experience, they don’t hold up to lots of liquid use and inks bleed through the pages. I think anyone who buys this journal will love it. My local Craft Warehouse has a lovely stack of them – and they are just so tempting. I’m pretty sure I need to stock up for the next few years.
For this spread, I sprayed one layer of Vibrant Turquoise, moved it around with some sprays of water and a baby wipe (also known as an art wipe). Once I let the blue dry, I used the Dylusions Shattered Stencil with a few spritzes of the white color. I couldn’t just have one color when I want to play with so many colors. Another benefit to these inks visiting their buddies is that they do blend beautifully. I would advise against too much fraternizing between the colors to avoid an over-abundance of dirty dark brown.
One way to use these sprays is to layer elements on different pieces of paper. I sprayed yellow and pink on a separate piece of paper, dried it, then used Tim Holtz Distress paint with Tim Holtz Hearts stencils. Lastly, I randomly applied the Dylusions Checkered Dots all over the paper. The Distress paint is slightly thicker to hold the shape of the stencils a little better. It’s not perfect, but this is play time. This is learning what I like and what works for each piece I create. This is not a test. This is art.