How To Make A Textured Art Journal Page

Posted by Kim Dellow

In this art journal page how-to I show you how to make a lovely layered page using a range of gorgeous Prima Marketing products.

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Hi, it is Kim Dellow here and this week I wanted to share a textured art journal page. I've used a lot of the Prima Marketing products to make this page but I have also mixed and matched them with products from other ranges too, to complement the look! There are lots of layers to the page but it still has a bit of a clean and modern design look to it, but with a shabby chic spin.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journals 9" x 12"
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Cling Stamps 6" x 7.5" Don't Forget To Fly
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Opal Magic Rose & Gold
  • Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections Pans Decadent Pies, 12 Pack
  • Prima Marketing Designer Stencil Flourish
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Tea Dye
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Antique Linen
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pads Coffee
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
  • Waffle Flower Dies Flower Circles
  • Golden Regular Gel Gloss, 8oz
  • old book page
  • Liquitex Gesso, 8oz
  • Plastic card
  • Sponge
  • Water spray
  • Rock salt
  • scissors

How To Make:

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Start by adding a texture layer to the journal page. Place the flourish stencil over the page and, using a plastic card, scrap some gesso in patches through the stencil. You don't need complete coverage to get an interesting effect.

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Once the gesso layer is completely dry and a watercolor wash over the top. Keep the square shape of the stencil, so only add color over the gesso-ed area and not the whole page.

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Once the watercolor layer is dry add some of the Distress inks with a sponge over the gesso areas, use Tea Dye, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo. I only used a small amount but you can go darker if you wish. Then spray the gesso area with water. Only use a small amount and add more if you need to get more movement of the ink. Let the page dry.

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Tear a strip from a piece of old book page, scrunch it up then open it back up and wipe with the Antique Linen ink pad. Spray it with water and add more ink if you need to. Then let it dry completely.

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Cover a spare piece of journal paper with watercolor and sprinkle with rock salt whilst it is still wet then let the piece dry. Scrape off the rock salt into a plastic bag to use again for another project. Stamp the butterfly and circles using a mix of the Coffee and Jet Black ink and cut the images out.

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Add the Opal Magic Rose & Gold paint to a die-cut scalloped circle and let it dry. Layer up the old book page, painted circle and stamped images and stick them in place with gel medium.

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I just love the way the distress ink has wisped out into the negative space around the central colored square, I think it really adds to the whole modern, shabby chic look!

Kim Dellow