Art Journal Pages, Free Printable, Ripped Background

I painted the cardboard kid’s book I’m using as an art journal with Pebeo High Viscosity Acrylics in Irridescent Green/Yellow link:  Then let it dry.

I went online and found a free printable at and here’s the link to it. It’s called Full Page Butterfly and Flowers…link:   I used Arteza Twi-Markers link:  and spent a lot of time coloring, then used Jane Davenport’s Paint Over Pens link: to add some highlights when I was finished coloring. Since they are more pastel, it was easy to lighten the images.

I ripped the colored image from top to bottom in thin strips, then used Collage Pauge in matte link: (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, but I couldn’t find it in their online store.) I adhered the strips to the book and had some issues with spacing. I also learned the hard way, that I needed to cover the ends of each page, and had to piece together paper I didn’t use to cover the ends. I used a Touch 5 alcohol marker in Warm Grey 2 and an Arteza Alcohol Marker in Cloudy Grey to color the edges of each strip of paper, to make it look more like they were closer together.

I used an old DCWV Vellum Quote Stack…they’re no longer sold in stores, but easy to find on  I glued them with Collage Pauge in between the strips on the green area. Then I added some diamonds I got from nail art at the Dollar Tree or with diamond art, like this set from link:   I used a pick up tool from We R Memory Keepers, called a Quick Stik link: to apply the diamonds and ultimately, used Martha Stewart’s glue in the fine tip applicator bottle with the new pin I made to make sure I no longer lose them…Here’s a video where I show how to make the pins.

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