Art Journal with SWEET Stamps

Hello, Heather here again! Did you like the little mini art journal I showed you last time? Raise your hand if you keep a journal or diary! ME!!! I didn’t keep a journal for many years and I used to bottle up all my feelings, not just the bad feelings but the good feelings too. It was a couple years ago that I decided to give art journaling a try.

I’ll be honest though, I don’t like my handwriting. So, I usually cover up my handwriting with paint, and use stamps to summarize my feelings.

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If you’ve never tried art journaling, I really encourage you to give it a try. Grab some of your favorite paint colors and some of your favorite SWEET stamps and have some fun. I make it a point to do some art journaling at least once every week. It’s seriously the best therapy (and cheapest) for me.

Last week, a friend of mine passed away. The Condolences stamp set was just the perfect sentiments I needed to say how I was feeling over the weekend. Getting messy was also the therapy I needed to process what happened. I promise, most of my art journals are happy but this last week was an exception.

THE PROCESS

Let me take you though the process of how I created this page.

Step One: Tear and glue scrapbook paper to your journal page. I like to use matte gel medium to glue the papers down but also over the top.

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Step Two: Add a thin layer of gesso to prime your page. I used a rubber roller to spread it nice and thin so you can still see some of the detailing of the paper. I sang with my friend for several years, so I thought the music paper was the perfect touch. He was an amazing tenor.

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Step Three: Start layering your favorite colors of acrylic paint… to thin it out, I used a baby wipe to spread just a tiny bit of color around. First I used a turquoise, then a navy. I loved using the baby wipe to spread it around because you can still see the paper underneath and the texture of the gel medium really pops out.

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Step Four: Use a palette knife or old credit card to add more acrylic paint

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Step Five: Start adding some fun background stamping, and layer with your acrylic painting. (You can see in the photo below, I stamped several times then put a thin layer of navy paint over the top and then stamped again) I thought the teardrop gem shape from the Sparkle and Shine stamp set was perfect to represent tears or raindrops.

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Step Six: Continue to layer stamps and paint (I played with a little rock and rolling technique that I learned from Nicole’s two-tone rock & roll video… using the “Today” stamp from the Feeling Today stamp set with teal and navy stamp ink)

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Step Seven: Designate a spot for your “journaling” stamping. Use your credit card or palette knife to add some paint to that area covering up that part of the background so you can see the sentiments clearly.

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Step Eight: Stamp your sentiments and any other cute stamps you want to use. (I used Faber-Castell Big Brush Stamper’s Pen to color and stamp the heart from the “THINKING OF {heart} YOU” stamp from the Condolences stamp set. I also used one of the sentiments from the Condolences stamp set (“sometimes there are no words”), the Monogram Alpha stamp set (“only tears”), and the Feeling Today stamp set (“I’m feeling” and “sad”).

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Step Nine: (optional) I like to outline my shapes to make them pop. I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Pen to outline the hearts and doodle a box around the word “Sad”

ART JOURNAL STAMPING TIPS

As you are building up your paint and paper, you will no longer have a nice smooth surface for stamping. To get a nice clean image, I have a few tips for you.

  1. Make sure you paint is dry before you stamp! This is very very important. The paint will just stick to your stamp and won’t leave your inked image if it’s not dry first.
  2. Make sure the surface underneath your page is solid and smooth. I flipped my journal so that the page I was working on was on top of my countertop and the rest of the journal was all stacked and folded together on the other side. This way you aren’t stamping on a stack of papers underneath.
  3. Press hard and do some rocking if needed. This will take some getting used to and I usually practice on a practice sheet before I make my final stamped image.
  4. If it doesn’t come out… cover it with paint and try again

MAKE A CARD TOO

While I still had my stamps and supplies out, I also made this card to send to my dear friend’s wife and kids. I just went really simple and used some paper from the 6×6 paper pad I had used for the art journal page, and stamped along the diagonal. Once again, I just wanted the heart so I colored in the heart with the red stamper’s brush and stamped it next to the sentiment.

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SUPPLIES

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mixed media paper, scrapbook paper, gesso, acrylic paint, palette knife, baby wipes, Faber-Castell Big Brush Stamper’s Pen, Faber-Castell Pitt Pen, Heidi Swapp Archival Ink (navy and teal), Stazon Ink (black and brown), white card base, ATG tape, matte gel medium

I can’t tell you how much better I feel now and you have a glimpse of how I create my mixed media projects. It’s seriously all about adding layers and layers and layers and just having fun. Let go of anything holding you back and enjoy the process and the experimenting. For more mixed media projects and tutorials, come check out my blog. I’m also on Pinterest pinning mixed media inspiration. On Instagram I’m posting process photos or messy desk photos. Also, be sure to check out everywhere Sweet Stamp Shop is on the web… Shop, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

OK, now that you’re following us, are you going to make an art journal page or play with paint and stamping? I’d love to see your projects if you do, so be sure to share with us!

2 Responses to Art Journal with SWEET Stamps

  1. Kelsey Noble says:

    I love this page, very beautiful. I appreciate seeing people journal about things that are sad and see that it’s okay to express something sad in an artful and pretty way. So sorry for your loss 🙁

  2. Thanks for sharing how this page came together! I love all the layers, really beautiful!

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