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How to Make A Circle-Themed Art Journal Page

Posted by Kim Dellow

Use a simple shape to inspire your art journaling. Learn how to include shapes in different layers in this circle-themed project.

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Hi, it's Kim Dellow here with an art journal page to share. Now if you ever get stuck for prompts in your art journaling, one of my favorites is circles! Circles are such a great prompt to inspire your work as they allow you to do so many things. For my circles I decided that I wanted some sort of circle in several of the layers as I built the page, so that the theme is carried through the page from top to bottom. You can do anything you want with your circles, so have a play!

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Cadmium Red Medium Hue, 2 oz. Tube
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Medium Magenta, 2 oz. Tube
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint 138ml-Titanium White
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Circles STAX
  • Liquitex Gesso, 8oz
  • Donna Downey Signature Stencils - Grunge Halftone Dots
  • Patterned paper (Pink Paislee, Switchboard)
  • Palette knife
  • Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journals - 9" x 12"
  • Golden Regular Gloss Gel Medium - 8oz
  • Pigma Micron Pen 05 .45mm-Black
  • Sponge
  • Old plastic credit card or gift card

Let's Make A Journal Page!

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Start on a clean page and die cut some different-sized circles from the patterned paper. Use any patterned paper you like and there is plenty to pick from in Blitsy. Glue them onto the page with the Regular Gel; I used the plastic card but you could use a palette knife or a brush if you prefer.

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When the gel is dry, add a layer of gesso; again I used the plastic card and scraped the gesso over the page. You can cover the circles completely if you like and just have the outline of the shape, or you can do as I did and have some of the pattern paper showing through. Let this layer dry.

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Now mix a bit of the magenta with the white and also the red with the white then apply it over the page with the plastic card. Let it cover the area haphazardly; try not to saturate the page with the paint because you want some of the bottom layer to show through. Let this layer dry.

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Now add a bit of white paint through the stencil with the sponge, add it in a couple of places on the page and let this paint dry.

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We have two types of circles so far, so for the final circle layer take a Pigma pen and doodle some circles on the paint over the other circles.

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There you have it, lots of circles and a fun little paint-filled art journal page.

Thanks for popping in.

Kim Dellow