Monday, March 14, 2016

Pale Blue Dot Art Journal Page

Hello everyone, Deb here today to share an art journal page that I made with you.  I just purchased some of the new Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Distress crayons and decided my art journal would be the perfect place to test them out.

I started out by colouring an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper with various colours of Distress inks in shades of blue, green and a touch of yellow.   I smooshed the colours onto the paper randomly and then added more ink using a blending tool where I felt it was needed.

Some background stamping came next using Tim Holtz's Ledger Script and Documented stamps and then I randomly added some texture paste through Tim Holtz's Flourish and Tracks layering stencil and a star stencil I had in my stash.

After the texture paste had dried, I covered the page with some clear gesso.  I knew from watching some demo videos about the Distress crayons that they blended better on a primed surface so decided to 'seal' the page with clear gesso before starting to colour with the crayons.  I then cut the paper in half to fit in my art journal (4 1/2" by 8 1/2") and coloured the embossed areas and the page edges with Distress crayon in the same colours as I had used on the background.

The Distress crayons are very creamy and blend together beautifully and the best part is that even though they are water reactive, they will not bleed or blend when wet unless you physically move the pigments with your finger, brush or blending tool.  No more having to worry about the colours bleeding or getting muddy if you accidentally spritz some water on your pages or when you add your sprays!

I then adhered the background pages into my art journal and while they were drying started to work on my embellishments.  I die cut the Sizzix Globe die from some cardstock coloured with various sprays in my stash (Prima Color Bloom and Lindy's Stamp Gang) and backed the globe die with a circle cut from watercolour paper that I'd applied a flat blue watercolour paint wash to.

I die cut the word 'cherish' using Tim Holtz's Handwritten Love die and then used the negative die cut as a stencil to stencil the word onto a piece of cardstock.  I added some Glossy Accents overtop of the stenciled word, coloured the background with Distress ink and fussy cut the sentiment.

I coloured another piece of cardstock with some Old Paper Distress stain and when dry stamped the words 'pale blue dot' onto it using an alphabet stamp set from Michaels called Whimsy Double and clear embossed the words.

I fussy cut each word individually and added some blue glitter glue over top of the embossed word 'blue'.  All of the elements were then mounted onto some dimensional foam tape and adhered onto the background in my art journal.

As a finishing touch, I randomly scattered some gold confetti stars from my stash here and there on the pages.

So that's my art journal page, I hope you've enjoyed reading about my process and that you will get a chance to play in your art journal soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope that you will join in with our current challenge here at Mixed Media Mojo, Springtime with the twist of Watercolors.

Have fun and happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. This is wonderful Deb! Love the colors and texture!

  2. Deb, you'vce convinced me that it's worth getting the Distress Crayons. being able to achieve such interesting effects is enticing.great job with this project.It's lovely to see what you look like Deb!

  3. Love your spread Deb! The design is fab. Hugs!

  4. I love your spread, the background is fabulous.
    xxx Hazel.

  5. Fantastic step outs on these new products - and fabulous make!! Appreciate the tip on the clear gesso - makes sense, but I am sure I would not have thought of it, lol! xxx Lynn