Monday, July 22, 2013

Art Journal Page With Layers, Layers, More Layers and Hidden Journaling

Hello creative souls...Martha Richardson here and today I'm sharing my last project from the July Mixed Media Kit. I've had {I know I'm repeating myself} more fun and LOVE this kit! Today I'm going to share with you an art journal page and the various layers and hidden journaling. Here is the finished page so let's take a look at some of the techniques I used.

I love to use various types of papers to start off...old sheet music, book paper, tissue paper, paper napkins, maps, receipts, magazines. Over the years I've found that Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Multi Medium in Matte works the best for all the different weights of papers. In this case I'm using it as a glue. I little goes a long way!

What is a MOP towel...I always use paper towels to clean up my mess when working with any ink sprays. I can't stand to throw away all that goodness so after they have dried I put them in a basket for later use whether it's for art journalling, a layout or card. Because on this page it would be muted colors I knew that it would be covered with acrylic paint. If it had been bright I would have let MORE of the colors come through.

This is the fun part...adding lots of little surprises to your background. I always make sure to add some type of metallic to my pages, either in acrylic paint or pen. Don't be afraid to go overboard on a journal page because it's really all about you!

I love adding hidden journaling, most often it reveals a time or emotion that I had when I create the page. In this case it is about TIME and going through the transition from working to retirement...I think of the quote..."if not now, then when?"

Thanks for stopping by...make sure to check in daily to see what the other DT members have to share. I will see you in Aug. with some fun projects from another fabulous kit!


  1. This is sooooo fabulous! I love all the layers, and thank you for sharing your technique. The cat makes me smile......great work, Martha!

  2. I really battle with this whole collage art journal stuff. I want to KNOW how it is all going to work out and I have tried to work out from pics how it was done. This step by step is so awesome and now I am going to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing. I love how the gesso just tones everything down leaving you with a blank canvas to work on. This is just beautiful.

    1. Hi Val, thanks for the comment and I hope that you will allow the art journal page to evolve. I NEVER know where I'm going with it but I always start with my background. I create several backgrounds at a time and never ever really finish a page. This is the awesome power of keeping an art journal!