Happy – Art Journal Page

Hi creatives, Tammy (aka Tambarambaa) with you today to share a colorful Art Journal Page – I haven’t shared one of these for a while, but was really in the mood to layer up lots of stencils.

Art journal page with loads of color and the word happy

TCW provided me with lots of amazing products to play with, but the art and the opinions are solely my own.

art journal page in pinks, yellows, oranges and deep blue

Let’s get creating!!

First, I cover the background in patches of paint, which I apply with a dry brush. This part is just about adding sections of color, not thinking too much, just losing yourself in the process.

I selected a few different tones of pink – some soft, some bright, and then a splash of orange and yellow and a hint of deep blue.

creating the background with patches of color and some stencil work

Once dry, I begin to blend the colors. I started with the deep blue, and selected stencil TCW2019 Punchinella. An oldie, but a goodie. Using the honeycomb section, I lay this over the patches of blue and then with a dry makeup sponge, dabbed some blue paint through the stencil, bringing it outwards.

I then repeat this process with different stencils and the paint colors I have already used, ensuring I begin the stenciling on the solid color, and then move outwards. Love the little sections of magic that occur during this stage.

For this process, I used Stencil TCW385 Moroccan Tiles – I love that this one gives me lots of options on the one stencil. I also used TCW5009 Stripes.

building up the layers by adding more and more stencils

I love the layering and the different shapes and patterns that start to come through. This really takes it from blobs of color, to a more finished piece.

adding in grunge with painterly stencil and splats

Time to add a bit of grunge. For this I used stencil TCW964 Encircled. Those painterly marks are awesome. I used an aqua paint and also some more of the deep blue for this part.

Now that you have a riot of color, it’s time to calm it all down a little. To do this, I add some white back into the page. This brings some calm to the chaos, as the neutral tone pulls all the colors together. I did this with both stencil work (stripes) and some splats of paint.

Time to let this all dry properly.

Whilst drying, I grabbed some old book pages and stencil TCW963 Hanging Vines. I sponged some TCW9001 White Gesso through the stencil to create some gorgeous leafy fronds. I then loosely drew around these with a black paint pen, adding a few extra details here and there.

using a leaf stencil to create leafy embellishments on text paper

Then I cut them all out.

Next, I felt my page still needed a touch more white, so I added some mark making by painting on some rainbow inspired shapes using TCW9001 White Gesso.

adding white arches with white gesso and adhering leaves with gel medium

I also adhered the cluster of leaves using TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium, giving them a coat using a spatula, both underneath and on top.

close up of leafy branches

Finally, it’s time to add in some black. I did this by adding more scribbles and lines around the white arches, and also adding TCW9002 Black Gesso around the edges of the page.

adding detail with pen work and a title by sponging through a word stencil

I used stencil TCW585 Inspired Words and black gesso to create a title. I used the ‘Happy’ word, and added some highlights with a white paint pen. I then hand journaled a quote underneath to suit.

the title and journaling

There you have it!

completed page filled with colour and a touch of grunge

A page of pure HAPPY!!!

Thanks so much for popping in today, I hope this has inspired you to throw some color onto a page. Using stencils to add layer upon layer is such a therapeutic way to spend a few hours.

If you’d like to see more of my colorful art, I share more on Instragram, just head HERE. I’d love you to join me there, or leave a comment below, so I know you popped in.

Yours, in all the bright colors,

Tammy Klingner (aka Tambarambaa) – TCW Design Team Member.

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