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How To Build an Art Journal Page With Plastic Canvas Grids

Posted by Kim Dellow

Plastic canvas grids aren't just for stitching! Learn how to build a beautiful mixed media art page with them

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Hi, it’s Kim Dellow here with an inky art journal page today. I love masks and stencils and you can always find a range of lovely designs at Blitsy. But what about the things that weren’t designed to be masks or stencils, such as the plastic canvases used for stitching?

Blitsy has a whole range of these too and in different sizes and shapes. These are great for mark making and to use as stencils or masks. Using plastic canvases in thi way has been around for a while but it is always worth revisiting techniques from time to time to see if you can build on them or give them a new look. So I decided to build a journal page using just plastic canvas and some paper to make shapes and add texture and interest to the page.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Ranger Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Ink Spray - Squeezed Orange
  • Ranger Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Ink Spray - Lemon Zest
  • Ranger Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Collection Ink Spray - Fresh Lime
  • Ranger Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Ink Spray - Bubblegum Pink
  • Darice Plastic Canvas Circle 3" 10pc
  • Plastic Canvas 7 Count 10"X13"-Clear
  • Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media Vellum 9"X12"-34 Sheets
  • Sharpie Water-Based Extra-Fine Paint Marker - Black
  • Memento LUXE Inkpad - Wedding Dress
  • Inkssentials Cut-N-Dry Stamp Pad Foam-8"X10" Sheet
  • Fabriano Accademia Artist Paper Pack - 8.25" x 11.7", 150 Sheets
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Ivory Black, 2 oz. Tube
  • Palette knife

Let's Build A Journal Page!

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Before you start make sure that you have some spare pages in other art journals to hand, you are going to need them!

Cut a piece of Fabriano Accademia Artist Paper into random geometric shapes and lay them on a clean art journal page.

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Place the large plastic canvas over the page and spray the page lightly with Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Fresh Lime.

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Remove the plastic canvas, turn it over and press the inky side onto the page. Remove the canvas and press it onto the spare journal pages you have open as well.

Wash the plastic canvas.

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Remove the paper shapes from the first page you are working on and let the page dry then replace the shapes in a different arrangement on the page. Replace the canvas and spray over the top with the Bubblegum ink.

Remove the canvas and press it onto the spare journal pages again to clean off the excess ink. But don’t be afraid to add more ink to these pages if you feel like it. You can use these pages at some other point but you will get some interesting second- and third-generation imprints from the canvas on these pages.

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Remove the canvas and press it onto the spare journal pages again to clean off the excess ink. But don’t be afraid to add more ink to these pages if you feel like it. You can use these pages at some other point but you will get some interesting second- and third-generation imprints from the canvas on these pages.

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Let the ink dry then spread some black paint onto a piece of plastic and press the circle plastic canvas into the paint; once it is covered, press it onto the page. Repeat once more to make two circle marks.

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Once the paint is dry, draw around the circles and add stems and leaves then use the Cut n’ Dry foam to spread the MementoLUXE Wedding Dress ink around the drawing.

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Finish the page by going back over any lines that need touching up after adding the white ink in Step 7, and by adding a little bit more doodling.

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These plastic canvases are great for all sorts of mixed media techniques and don’t forget that you can cut them into shapes too!

Kim Dellow