The Small Dylusions Journal provides a more compact size canvas, which for me is sometimes easier and a lot less intimidating than trying to fill up larger journal pages. It’s also really useful for art journaling on the go. I can carry this smaller-sized journal almost anywhere which gives me a better place to doodle, jot down thoughts, and create — as opposed to what I usually do, which is just using bits of loose paper, napkins, and whatever else I can get my hands on.
For this project, I decided to do a two page spread, and I started by gluing some torn pieces of decorative tissue paper directly onto the pages. Once I was done pasting, I watered down some light blue acrylic paint and painted both pages. I wasn’t entirely happy with the blue, so I decided to spritz the pages with the Polished Jade Dylusions spray ink to add a little depth. I was really pleased with the result. The spray ink fell unevenly and it gave my journal pages a lovely weathered look.
Once the paint and ink spray dried, I selected one of Dina Wakley’s new Media Masks and a light green acrylic paint. Using a foam brush, I stenciled the leaf design onto both pages of my journal. After the green paint had dried, I used a dark green Faber Castell crayon and drew around the edges of some of the leaves to add more dimension and bring them to life.
I wanted to add something a little different, so I used some white washi and newsprint design washi in various areas for a subtle accent. I also stenciled in my uplifting quote, “Listen to Your Inner Voice,” using the affirmations stencil and a black fine point pen, and added chitchat stickers to vary the font styles. From here, you can continue to journal or embellish the pages as desired.