Two Art Journal Pages: One’s a Hot Mess–No Lie!

I wanted to work on my art journal today ..
I used my homemade gesso first…here’s a link to the recipe.

I covered two pages of my journal with gesso and laid wax paper between the sheets so that the gesso didn’t glue the book shut.
After the gesso is dried, I removed the wax paper and removed any gesso from the edges with my fingernails, as well as the fold of the book so it will close.
I used Ranger archival ink for my stamping. I wanted to see if I could stamp on tissue paper. What I found was it was almost impossible to stamp these face down, and instead, had to lay the tissue paper over the face of the stamp and stamp it that way, by holding the tissue in place with one hand, and wiping over it with the other.

Docraft Santoro Color Me Stamps I bought mine from, but they no longer have them in stock. I did find them at a different store in case you were interested. I bought four in a set, but couldn’t find them sold that way.
Short Hair Girl Willow D’Hiver– WIL907103 This is the one I used for the journal.
Link: or
Long Hair Girl Le Message is her name– WIL907101 link:

After stamping Willow D’Hiver, I let it dry.  I used a stamp set called Dylusions Hearts Edge for some leafs  with the same Ranger Archival ink. This stamp set is available at Michaels.

I didn’t have enough tissue paper to the left of my image to make sure it covered the page, so added another piece of tissue, and using a foam brush, glued it in place with Collage Pauge in matte that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I let it dry then and tore the edges off.  It’s easy to do when the Collage Pauge is dry, and the pieces hanging over the edge don’t have any glue on them.

On the left side (the hot mess page), I painted it with several colors of paint and hated all of them….So I stamped a Hero Arts stamp called Silly Scape K5425. I found one on Etsy and here’s the link. 

I stamped it on scrap paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and cut it out then colored it with my Touch Five alcohol markers in a variety of “city” colors (muted shades)..
I probably should have colored it before cutting it out, but I didn’t have any issue with doing it in the reverse.
You’ll see the background of the left side of the art journal change colors throughout the video. I never found a color I truly liked, so painted it black, thinking I would make it into a night scene. I wanted to do more, but I couldn’t get that side of the journal do do anything the way I envisioned…I was so frustrated, that I glued the Silly Scape down and die cut some gold stars and glued them in the sky. They tried to curl, and that was frustrating too.
On to the right side of the art journal…I used Arteza Brush pens…I have a discount code for all of you. They gave me my set for free, but I don’t receive any monies from any orders you might make, just as an fyi.
Here are the discount codes: Use Code Crafting1 with this link: (for USA)
utm-limk for Europe:
This will give you an additional 10% off, as well as free shipping, until 10/17/2018
I gave the colors I use in the video, Crocodile green,  both browns in her hair, Sunset yellow, Orange Rust, Chamomile, then I used red on her necklace (you don’t see this in the video.)

I used an old Stampin’ Up alphabet set called Alphabet Fun (in lower case letters) to create the words I wanted for each page. Of course the left side was “a hot mess” and laid it on my craft mat that had orange on it, and the orange added to the hot mess. On the right side, I stamped “fall”…
I think it’s important to own your failures, and I definitely owned mine with this one..


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