“Think Happy…Be Happy” Mixed Media Art Journal

Hello All!

For those of you who might not know, I am a mom to 3 amazing kiddos and with it being winter, they tend to get a little stir-crazy being cooped up inside all the time. Well, last week we had a weird “warm spell” of 2-3 days of 60 degree weather…in January!

My littles wanted to go out and play, but I wanted to play in my art journal, so I made a little “outdoor kit” of art supplies, including some of my favorite TCW stencils…and…I sat on a hay bale. LOL.


I started by using by “Dartboard” stencil and “Mallard” Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.


I then added some orange Faber Castel Gelato using the 6×6 “Brick Stencil.” I rubbed the stick directly through the stencil and then used my finger and little water to move it around.


Here is my completed base, after I added some pink and yellow gelato!


Thankfully…it was time to go inside!

After I gave my pages overnight to dry, I got to have some fun.

Here is my finished journal pages.


I was able to add some fun circles, washi tape and the saying “Think Happy…be Happy”, as well as draw and paint a sassy redhead.

Here is page 1:


Here is page 2:


Even with all of the layers on top, you can still see my stencils in the background. I also added some gray gelato through the 6×6 “Numbers Collage.”

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I hope you enjoyed my art journal today!

Have an awesome day!



Valerie-Jael’s mixed media

Every once in awhile, I get a nice little email from Valerie-Jael with a link to her blog. Here’s the latest project that she did on canvas for Paint Party Friday (sounds like fun!!)

I really like the creative use of the Numeral template (TCW200) for the head.

and of course the Cubist template TCW248 in the background

Valerie-Jael writes: For Paint Party Friday I have made a large, mixed-media canvas. I have painted it with acyrlics, using templates from crafter’s work shop for the small squares, numbers and writing. It’s something a bit different to usual, I think it’s good to try something new once in a while….

I agree!  Thanks Valerie-Jael.