Female Warrior – Art Journal Page

Hi everyone! This is Tammy, and I’m excited to share another Art Journal Page with you all.

As you have possibly worked out by now, I adore bold colors, and for me art journaling is about exploring and expressing my thoughts. I love that color can support the message, adding mood and emotion.

Bold and dramatic snippet of an art journal page about a female warrior/goddess. Colors include deep blue, yellow, plum and magenta. #tcwstencillove #tammyklingner

You can definitely see the colors have added to the drama and bold message. I love that stencils can be used in the same way, they contribute to the ‘feel’ of the page, the depth.

Art journal page with an image of a warrior woman using dramatic colors in plum, deep blue, purple, yellow and black. #tcwstencillove #tammyklingner

TCW provided me with some amazing goodies to play with, but the opinions and creations are my own.

Let’s take a look at how this art journal came to be……

I began by adding a layer of TCW9001 White Gesso to my large Dylusions Art Journal using a paintbrush. This stuff is fabulous!! I have used so many gesso’s but this one would have to be my fave – so creamy and smooth. It’s like clouds!

TCW White Gesso applied with a paintbrush to an art journal page.

Once dry, I selected my paint colors. I had already selected an image for this page of a brave warrior woman so I went with bold colors. I began by adding a little of Dylusions ‘After Midnight’ and Dina Wakley ‘Blackberry’. I applied with a brush quite randomly, keeping the centre area blank.

Art journal page with some purple and blue paint randomly added

Whilst the paint is wet, I selected one of my fave stencils TCW780 Botanical Dream in 12×12. I lay it on top, and then using a wet baby wipe I rubbed over the stencil to remove some of the paint.

TCW Botanical Dream Stencil 12x12

Now lift up the stencil and see the magic …….

Deep blue and purple stencil image left behind using TCW Botanical Dream stencil

Next I repeated this process adding some Dylusions paint in ‘Lemon Drop’ and ‘Postbox Red’. For the stencil I used TCW876 Screen View, as I like the bold geometric shapes.

TCW Screen View 12 x 12 stencil on top of art journal page

At this point I felt the colors were too bright and I needed some depth so I added Dina Wakley ‘Magenta’.

Art Journal page process in multiple colors

Now it’s time to add the image. For this I selected one of the awesome images by Michelle Grant Designs. She draws amazing images which are available to purchase as a download – so you can print them off in the size you need and use them in your art. I simply trim around the edges and adhere it using TCW9045 Matte Gel Medium. I apply it with a silicone brush to both the journal page and the reverse of the image. Once it is in place, I then add some over the top to seal it.

Michelle Grant Designs Image of a warrior girl with TCW Matte Gel Medium

Now it’s time to make that image look like it’s not just ‘plonked’ onto the page – it needs to look embedded. To do this I add some paint to the edges of the image to create some depth and shadows.

Warrior girl art journal image in multiple colors

To go with the dramatic feel, I decided to add TCW9002 Black Gesso on top of the page using TCW902 Fantangle in 12×12. I lay the stencil over the page and using a dry baby wipe, I rubbed the gesso through the stencil, leaving some bold dramatic lines.

TCW Fantangle 12x12 stencil with black gesso

I then added TCW9002 Black Gesso around the edges of the page, and also added flicks of it over the page.

The final steps – I added a title from the Michelle Grant ‘Warrior’ collection using TCW9045 Matte Gel Medium, and then scribbled around the edges once dry.

Quote on art journal page that reads I am a Goddess, a glorious female warrior.

I also used markers and paint to color-in the image.

Art Journal page by Tammy Klingner with a warrior girl and quote and bold dramatic colors. #tcwstencillove #tammyklingner

I love the dramatic boldness of this page – so much fun to create!! I hope I have inspired you to be a little bold in your next creation…..

Art Journal page showing background details in bold dramatic colors of deep blue, purple, red and yellow. #tcwstencillove #tammyklingner

Don’t forget to use #tcwstencillove when sharing your creations using TCW goodies as we love to see them!

Until next time

Tammy Klingner aka Tambarambaa

TCW Design Team Member

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