Art Journaling

Hi everyone! I am so delighted to be in the Designer Spotlight this month over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. As this is my last week I want to say a big thank you to everyone for all your support!

This week the theme is Art Journaling.

I’m so very grateful to be able to share my love of art journaling and I’d like to thank Lols and the Simon Says Stamp Team for letting me join them this month! This journal page was inspired by my love of art journaling and some Monarch butterflies that we saw in America at about this time last year.

I started by smooshing the background using Peeled Paint, Peacock Feather and Twisted Citron Distress Ink by stamping the pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page. I did this a number of times drying the page with a heat gun between each application of ink. Next I stamped an Invoice stamp from Finnabair and a letter stamp from Tim Holtz using Black Soot Distress Archival Ink. Then I covered an Interlocking Circles mini stencil from Creative Expressions with Black Soot Distress Ink and pressed it firmly onto the page using a brayer. The leaves are from a Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script stamp set and are stamped using Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I then splattered the page using a white Uni Posca paint pen and also some Black Soot Distress Ink.  I used the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script stamp set again to stamp the “so very grateful” wording using Black Soot Distress Archival Ink and added highlights to the letters using a white Uni Posca paint pen. My Monarch butterflies are depicted here using Tim Holtz Botanical Layers and I added white text rub-on transfers from Tim Holtz which read “seen”, “memories”, “remember” and “dream” which relate to the butterflies we saw. To finish, I added some Small Talk Stickers from Tim Holtz which read “go where your heart takes you”, “creativity takes courage” and “adventure awaits you”; I chose the wording as it relates to my art journaling journey.

We were lucky enough to see Monarch butterflies for the first time when we visited Maine, USA last October time.

We don’t have this butterfly here in the UK and I was surprised at how big they were and …

… how mesmerising they are when they fly, they look like they are gliding (grin!).

I enjoyed creating this art journal page for the Art Journaling challenge and I hope you will join in the fun too! For more inspiration please check out the fabulous creations from the Design Team over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Don’t forget that Simon Says Stamp is generously giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the Simon Says Stamp Store! and one lucky participant will be randomly drawn to win this voucher. How amazing is that! Good Luck to everyone!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m pleased to join the lovely Eileen of The Artful Crafter and her Dreams or Wishes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my so very grateful wishes.

I’m also joining the Die Cuts and Punches challenge over at Moo Mania & More with the die cut butterflies from Tim Holtz that I included on this page.

With my butterflies and inky background this also qualifies for our Inky Wings challenge over at A Vintage Journey where, it would be great to see you there!

Here is a list of materials over at Simon Says Stamp to create this art journal page:

20 thoughts on “Art Journaling

  1. Jo, this is gorgeous! I love your colours and the delicate look you achieved. So beautiful…but I’m off to hunt out last week’s that I missed cos it’s simply stunning!
    Cath x

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous art journaling Jo! the butterflies are so pretty and your page is such a lovely way to remember the fabulous time you had in Maine! You definitely finished the month with perfection!! 🙂 Beautifully done 🙂
    Thanks so much for being in the spotlight! It has been wonderful to have you along with us again! 🙂

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

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  3. I remember when you first started this art journal voyage. The first time I saw your art, I KNEW you were destined for greatness. You are so good, many challenge blogs want you now and I can see why. Your journey is really just beginning, and I’m glad I was there from the start of your blog. You inspire me every time you post. You put SO much time and effort and ability into every journal page you make. Thanks for sharing this latest one with us at Art Journal Journey using Eileen’s theme.

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  4. Your page is simply beautiful… that inky background made me sigh with pure pleasure – gorgeous colours and such fabulous inky blotches and textures, and I love the layered text/letter stamping. The butterflies provide a perfect pop of contrasting colour.
    Alison x

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  5. This is simply beautiful, Jo! Or maybe I should say complexly beautiful because there’s so much going on in the background. Yet you’ve managed to blend it all beautifully so the butterflies and text fly off the page. Love this one! Thank you for sharing it at AJJ. Eileen xx

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  6. I love the look of your page Jo. The “water” spots and stamped background is really interesting to look at. And you must be missing your friends and you trip from last year. Aren’t monarchs just beautiful? This is a fantastic post Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  7. This art journal page is fantastic Jo! I LOVE the colors and all the textures. It is like it is shining with happy color. Gorgeous background stamping and the theme of the page is wonderful. Thank you so much for having been our guest this month. I have so enjoyed seeing your projects. / Anna-Karin

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