What I love most about art journaling is that there are no mistakes. It’s the perfect place to try out a new technique, play with colors, or simply experiment with a new product. Most importantly, I just try to have fun and not overthink the process.
When I first saw Stencil Girl’s new collection of stencils by Seth Apter, there was one that really spoke to me — Past, Present, Future. I knew instantly that I wanted to use it to create an art journal page, while also experimenting with texture paste and acrylic paint.
Past, Present, Future Art Journal Page Instructions:
First, coat the surface of your journal page with black gesso, and let dry. Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.
Add a light layer of Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Turquoise, Sky, and Lime. Use a brayer to create a little texture and to help spread the paint onto the page. Use your heat gun to speed up the drying process.
Continue adding layers of paint using your fingers until you are satisfied with your composition, and remember, it’s an art journal page, so have fun and don’t overthink the process. While the page is still wet, add a bit of white paint to help mute some of the colors and to add a bit of contrast.
Cut out strips of patterned paper and adhere to the page with gel medium. Once set, coat the entire page with gel medium, and let dry.
Randomly stamp circles using permanent black ink. Use paint and small lids, credit cards, wooden skewers, or any other found objects to add extra color and texture.
Mix texture paste and Night acrylic paint using a palette knife, then stencil on the words “past, present, future,” and the word “within” from Stencil Girl’s Past Present Future Stencil by Seth Apter.
Once your stenciled words are dry, add splatters of black paint.
Finally, journal away! Add an inspirational quote, write your favorite song lyrics, or pencil in a poem.
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