Capture Today: Art Journal Page

Creating an art journal page does not have to be hard… I know a lot of people tend to overthink it (I am one of those people!) but I have found that using the same type of layout with different materials is quite therapeutic and disengages our minds from operating in over drive. Using circles, large or small, is a great start with hundreds of variations on a classic but comforting shape.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.

gel printed circle with TCW 9001 White Gesso
gel printed circle with TCW 9001 White Gesso

For the background, I used a mini flower Gel Press plate with pink and purple acrylic paint as the first layer for an easy and soft abstract layer. I then applied an 8″ round Gel Press plate with parchment colored acrylic paint onto the center of the layout. I softened up the middle of the gel printed circle with TCW 9001 White Gesso to avoid the hard undertones that would contrast with the background.

TCW9010 Silver Gesso through 12x12 TCW541 Believe Script Stencil.
TCW9010 Silver Gesso through 12×12 TCW541 Believe Script Stencil.

On top of the center circle (and only in the circle) I applied a layer of TCW9010 Silver Gesso through 12×12 TCW541 Believe Script Stencil with a sponge.

TCW9066 Orchid Stencil Butter through 12x12 TCW554 Butterfly Collage Stencil
TCW9066 Orchid Stencil Butter through 12×12 TCW554 Butterfly Collage Stencil

I chose the 8″ round Gel Press plate because I knew it would fit perfectly with the circle design from this 12×12 TCW554 Butterfly Collage Stencil. I placed the stencil directly over the circle and applied two layers of TCW9066 Orchid Stencil Butter with a sponge. I then outlined the edges of the stencil print with a gold gel pen to prevent it from melting into the background layer.

TCW9005 White Modeling Paste through 6x6 TCW361 Tiny Circles Stencil
TCW9005 White Modeling Paste through 6×6 TCW361 Tiny Circles Stencil

After applying my focal point and phrase within the printed circle, I decided the background needed a little more toning down to prevent the viewer from focusing on the printed circle too much. In the top right and bottom left corners I applied a thick layer of TCW9005 White Modeling Paste through 6×6 TCW361 Tiny Circles Stencil with a palette knife.

Below are some close up photos of the project and a link to the process video on my YouTube channel. Enjoy!

Renae Davis, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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