Reset – An Art Journal Page

Happy New Year creative souls! Tammy here to inspire you today.

Let’s hope this year is a little kinder and a little gentler.

As it’s a New Year, it’s the perfect time to take some time for you. Press pause – whether it be for a day or two, or even a few minutes. It’s the perfect way to reset and renew and start afresh.

Today I’m sharing an Art Journal page that explores this…..

Art journal page in pastel colors with a buddha. Reset, Pause
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Tammy Klingner

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

Art Journal page celebrating the New Year with pastel colors, a mandala and leaves and a buddha
Tammy Klingner
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Let’s take a look at how this page came together….

Firstly apply TCW9001 White Gesso to your blank Art Journal Page. Once dry add some paint quite randomly to the page in 3 spots with a dry brush – it doesn’t need to be perfect, just slap it down.

turquoise paint in 3 spots on an art journal background

Now working quickly, lay stencil TCW827 Spring Medallion over the top and with a wet baby wipe rub off the paint through the stencil. I used ‘Turquoise’ by Dina Wakley.

TCW827 Spring Medallion Stencil

You will be left with a lovely pattern.

pattern left behind by stencil

Now repeat this process using another color – I used ‘Lime’ by Dina Wakley. Try to line up the stencil when you place it down again.

blue and green mandala pattern in background of art journal

Again repeat this using ‘Blushing’ by Dina Wakley.

aqua, lime and coral pattern

This is your background done.

I added an image by Michelle Grant. These images are perfect for art journaling and make me look like a skilled artist!! I am still learning to create faces and figures so by using one of these it frees me up to get really creative around it. (alternatively you could also use a stamp to add an image and then cut this out).

I worked out where I wanted the image to sit and then added some ‘Peacock’ paint by Dina Wakley with a dry brush so that it just peeks out around the shape of the image.

Next grab another stencil with a peaceful vibe – leaves are always a winner! I used TCW658 Jungle Vines – I lay this down around the painted area you just created and again with a wet wipe removed the paint.

leaf stencil

I repeated this in the top right corner and also one other small section – I like to work in ‘threes’ when adding colors. It just pulls it altogether and harmonizes your page.

completed background of an art journal page. Features leaves and a mandala

Once dry, I lay down the same stencil and attempted to line it up with the stems…..I then sponged paint through the stencil using a small make-up sponge and the ‘Peacock’ Paint again.

sponging through leaf stencil with a makeup sponge

This gives a more complete feel to the page and will help blend the image into the background. It will prevent it from looking ‘plonked’ onto the page.

Once dry add your image using TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium. I apply it to both the back of my image and also to the front. I rub over it with my finger and this seals it so that I can keep adding color.

adding a buddha image with matte gel medium
applying matte gel medium over an image to seal it

Once dry, I add paint to my image. I use a combination of acrylic paints and paint pens.

gold, lime and pink paint added to buddha image

Now time to add details and outlines using paint pens. My favorites are the ‘Life of Colour’ Paint Pens.

buddha image with painted details

Now add some flicks of black paint and a black border.

I also decided to add my journaling, using a stencil for part of it. I used TCW921 Word Stems and sponged black paint with a make-up sponge through the word ‘gather’ and the flower.

stencil with words and flowers
applying black paint with a sponge through a floral word stencil

Once dry add in your journaling.

art journal page in pastels with journaling and buddha

There you have it. I hope this inspires you to not only get creating but also to take a moment or three to reset and refocus.

Art Journal page for TCW
#tcwstencillove
Tammy Klingner
aqua, lime and coral art journal page with buddha holding pink flower

Wishing you a year filled with peace and joy, and don’t forget to tag us on social media using #tcwstencillove. We absolutely love knowing if we’ve inspired you and also seeing the arty goodness you create.

Much love Tammy Klingner aka Tambarambaa

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