Friday 24 February 2023

Art Journal a go-go!

Swatch it up
Mix and match mini stencils
by me!

Do you know, I haven't done any 'real' art journaling for ages. By real, I mean when you just lose yourself in the process and forget about making a pretty and perfect page, but just go with the flow without worrying about the outcome. So why haven't I been journaling? I honestly think it's just called January and Februaryitis.

But yesterday a couple of things happened. I popped into town and called into a charity shop where a lovely friend works, and spotted a slightly tatty hard back book which just said JUNK JOURNAL to me. And also the sun was shining and it was feeling very spring like (short lived - it's raining today!) Anyway, I went home and took the inside pages out, which will be used along the way, and just started to play with anything and everything that was lying around my desk.

Do you know what it reminds me of? It reminds me of when I used to scribble and doodle all over my school books haha! What was it Picasso said about painting like a child?! haha

On this first page which is the inside back cover, there are bits of text, scrapbook paper, washi tape, a bit of inky Dura Lar (Grafix Arts), I sponged paint through the *new* mix and match mini stencils, and then painted some flowers and words with ink.

I also stamped the new Swatch it up stamp set on a scrap of card and added colour by scribbling with my Scribble Sticks:

And here's the inside front cover:

The time I stamped the Swatch it Up circles directly on the page ....

Added some water colour, and then painted around them with Acrylics:

I added a couple of mixed signatures using card, kraft, ledger pages, and just tied them in with sari ribbon. This is a trick I picked up from Kasia Avery, the wonderful host of Wanderlust. No stitching or binding, just loose leaf pages that you can pull out to work on. Easy and accessible. Love it!




  1. I just love this!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! How did you glue the Dura-lar on the page? I don't see any stitching and I have wondered myself, would double sided tape work or would it shine through?

    1. Hi Marjolein, I just used glue and you can't see it.

    2. That's good to know, I sure will give that a try! Thanks ❤️

  3. I love these. I need to learn to relax and just go with the flow.

  4. I try to go with the flow! Some days it flows quite well. But some days I get compulsive about it and it works too! And every so often I just have to get up and walk away for a day or two. But at 61 yrs old I have told myself that this okay too! ­čą░

  5. Fabulous as always ! Must try the sari ribbon binding

    1. Sari ribbon it so gorgeous - I use it for all sorts of things.


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