Learn to rest Art Journal page – STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again today to share another mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog! Are you ready for the weekend and some creative time? I am! I love creating pages for my art journal lately, so I am always very much looking forward to weekend and crafty time. Today I´d like to share another art journal page with a motivational quote with you. Here it is:

I played with my stencils again and this time, instead of using spray inks to create the background, I used Distress Paints. I love how they also react with water  and create lovely blendings onto the background.

After creating the first layer, I went and added paint directly to the stencil, then pressed the stencil onto the page to make „letterpress“ patterns on top the first layer. Also I saved all the residue ink from the kraft sheet and the stencils by wiping and dabbing it onto a spare sheet of white cardstock. I always keep one around for paint residues like this. These random pieces can be added as bits or as a background to a future project.

Next I placed the stencil onto the page and dabbed some pink paint thru the flower stencil directly onto the page, creating flowers. I also started with the lightest tones of paint and gradually added darker shades to create more depth and contrast.

 One of the stencil got used as a doodling guide to create the leaf patterns here and there. Then I just simply colored (very randomly) them with a darker green tone of paint and a water tank brush.

 In the end I added several tones of spray inks as splatters onto the page and also drew some additional patterns with paint pens here and there.

Finally, all I needed to do, was to add the quote. I just first made sure the paint layers were all dry. Otherwise I´d ruin my pen with the wet paint. If you have tried to write on wet paint once or twice, you learn to be patient  :-). I´ve again recorded a start-to-finish for you to watch! Hope you enjoy the video!

Happy stenciling!!
xxx, Sanna


Face – Art journal page

Hello lovelies! Today I´d again like to share a peek into my Art Journal. This is my first ever face. The page started with no plan whatsoever. I was just adding residue paint, some paper scraps and layers onto the page. Then I felt like creating a face on top of it all.

I didn´t do any sketching, just started to add general lines here and there. That then slowly formed into a face.

I´ve sneaked some stenciled details into the page too, although they are hardly recognizeable on the finished piece. It might not be the best of faces, but I am quite happy how it turned out in the end, considering, I haven´t done these before.

When was the  last time you did something out of your comfort zone?

Wishing you all a creative day,
xxx, Sanna

Acrylic paints
ARTplorations stencils by STAMPlorations
Black and white pen
Black and white texture spray ink

Don´t force pieces – Art Journal page

Hello lovelies, time for another art journal page share! February was a month I created quite a few pages into my art journal. I just felt like creating a page every other day. And it felt good!!! Could be that all the things that happened to us/me in February made me create all those pages. Who knows…

I seem to create art journal pages to keep an emotional diary of some kind. Every page is combined to feelings I had been experiencing/going thru around that time. That is why I also always add a date to the page I create. And quotes, yes, they follow me around :). Again a very quote dominated page, that I created:

I didn´t use gesso on this page at all. I played with Glimmer Mists and used them like water colours and I love how this page turned out. It feels so me. The colours are very much me too. I think you could call this technique intuitive. I added colours, let them spread on their own and then added lines and patterns to emphasize the edges of various colours.

And I love this quote!!! Need to remind me over and over again that there are things we cannot force. Some things happen, others don´t, however hard we want them to happen. Such is life. What I don´t like, is my handwriting. I cannot seem to get it right, always looks a bit odd…but here, even the letters worked out great. Maybe the secret is to keep it simple. Maybe my handwriting is like this… I love brush lettering and calligraphy, but I would need to be patient and practice lots…which is not going to happen any day soon, so better be happy with what I got… *laughing*.

I think I am going to call my 2017 art journal the „Talking to myself“-book, as I always seem to end with some kind of wise words on color and media :-).

Wishing you all a lovely, creative day!!!
xxx, Sanna

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – yellow, brown, red, silver, green and blue
Pen – Staedtler
Texture spray – Imagine Crafts
Stamps – 7gypsies (retired)
Old book pages
White signo uni-ball pen

Fairytales Art Journal Sheet

Hi there, lovelies and happy Sunday! I´ve been trying to create in my art journal on more regular basis the past days. Just adding color, texture and quotes or sayings to a page. Nothing too complicated or too time consuming. And it feels good to just add a few lines, a few colors and a date. I find it really good to add a date to every page to tell  me when I did what. I think it will be also interesting to see how my pages develop from one date to another. Here is what I did yesterday (I´ve done a few before this, but sharing those later..):

I had a piece of blue paper with a speech bubble on it that said: „No one is too old for fairytales“. I felt I wanted to add that sentiment into my art journal. It´s slowly turning into an artful quote book. Almost every page has a quote or saying of some kind on it. I really like collecting quotes this way.

I´ve painted the background dark with acrylic paint, then let the paint dry REALLY well, before adding the hand drawn leaves, firefly´s and „flowers“. I´ve learned my lesson after destroying ton´s of black and white pens in the process of being totally impatient. The paint really needs it´s drying time and there is no way around it. After that you can doodle, journal and add details with pens and markers and it will work out. I did my doodling with a white gel pen (uni-ball), then added some colour with Posca pens.

It´s a fairytale forest of a kind, I guess. I´ll leave you with this page today. I created it with nothing special in mind, just had a fun playtime in my art journal and added another page with a date. I am hoping that I will develop during these daily (well, at least weekly) exersizes and that when I look back in a year or so, I will be happy I took the time. Will also be interesting to see what kind of themes come up :). Very relaxing, too, this kind of art time :). Have a great day!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

POSCA pens
Signo uni-ball white
Liquitex black acrylic paint
Paper with a quote

Fear will get you nowhere! – STAMPlorations tutorial

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again today with an art journal spread created using several STAMPlorations stencils. Someone recently broke into our home which was a very unpleasant experience. I have been going thru various emotions since then and creating this art journal spread helped me to deal with those feelings. Here is what I created:

And this is how I created the spread:

1. I first applied yellow and light orange tones with a foam brush onto the journal sheets very randomly.
2. Next I added pink, magenta and orange acrylic paint tones thru various ARTplorations stencil over the first paint layer. After every layer I let the paint dry properly before moving over to the next one.

3. Next I took heavy body acrylic paint and applied that with a palette knife thru the stencils onto the page.

4. Finally I used a foam stamp with acrylic paint and stamped green leaf patterns onto the surface.

5. After that I added random black stamp images here and there for interest.

6. Then I drew the letters onto the background and started to paint the background around them blue. That makes the letters/the word stand out from the background.

7. When the background was dry, I outlined the letters with a white pen and punched circles from a leftover misted paper piece.

8. I adhered the punched half circles on the top and bottom of the pages for additional fun detail and dabbed some white acrylic paint thru a raindrop stencil here and there. Finally I added alpha stickers to build a full sentiment and added a date. I always add a date to an art journal sheet, as my pages always have something to do with my current feelings. It´s in a way something like an art diary for me.

I also recorded a start-to-finish video about my creating process for better insight. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy crafting,



ARTplorations – Droplets Mini

ARTplorations – Dragonfly Waltz

ARTplorations – Two Feathers

ARTplorations – Ethnic Organic Two

ARTplorations – Square City

ARTplorations – Ethnic Organic One

ARTplorations – Just Flow

Live With Wonder – Canvas Corp

Hello lovelies, Christmas is coming and before you know, it´s 2017!!! And speaking of 2017, have you already made thoughts about what you are going to do next year? Set goals? I haven´t :). I am just going to wait and see what the New Year has planned for me… And thus I created this art journal spread:

Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

And this is what I used to create the galaxy/universe type of background:

Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

There is lots of Tattered Angels spray inks (Chalkboard, Glimmer Mist and Simply Sheer) as well as some Decor&DIY paint in there. A stamp set, a white gel pen and a black marker. Other than that I used old book sheets and a vintage typewriter.   Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

I am sure you have seen lots of space/night sky backgrounds popping up on social media and created in a variety of ways. Don’t they just look good? I love them! So I have been wanting to create that kind of background myself for a while. But instead of grabbing stamp inks, I went for my favorite product, Tattered Angels spray inks. And they worked so well in my art journal. I combined Glimmer Mists, Chalkboard Mists and Simply Sheer products and believe me, the shimmer and glimmer is just gorgeous. It makes me really feel like I am somewhere in outer space when looking at it – even if I say so myself. The creating process is really simple to do.

Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

The word „live“ is hand written and fussy cut. The other words/sentiments are either stamped or written with my old typewriter. Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

Just look at that gorgeous shimmer and shine on the page!! It is truly amazing IRL!!!Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

So I haven´t really made any New Year´s promises for 2017 and I am not going to. I am just going to live the year as best as I can and in the end of next year I will see, where it took me :).

Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

There is also a short video up over at my YouTube channel,  on how I created the galaxy background with the spray inks. Hope you like it!

Have fun creating,
xxx, Sanna

Materials used:
– Heat gun
– Piece of fabric
– Paint brushes
– Scissors
– Paper glue
– Old typewriter
– Pencil

Abstract art journal spread – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it is again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday! This time I created an abstract art journal spread and made a little start-to-finish video to go with it!

Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert

Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert I´ve used plenty of green Distress Paint as a base. The reason is I was creating another project and poured way too much paint onto the painters tray..cannot waste good paint, can I? So I wiped the residue onto my art journal and some more onto spare papers. Could be that you will see lots of greenish creations popping up here on my blog in the future *giggles*.

I really liked how the paint looked on the art journal sheets so I continued from there and created an abstact art journal spread using lovely STAMPlorations products. Here is the start-to-finish video of the creating process:

I hope you will find some time to join this months Mixed Media Challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog?!!! It is a fun one as you can create pretty much anything, just remember NOT to make cards :).  Even the theme is free! More details and rules to play along over here!

 I hope you enjoy watching the video and get inspired to create something fun yourself!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna
ARTplorations – Bubbles Mini stencil
ARTplorations – Art splatters stencil
STAMPlorations clear stamp set – Create
Ranger Distress Paint – mowed lawn
Posca paint pens
Liquitex Ink! Titanium white
Irresistible black & white texture spray – Imagine Crafts


Create something today… – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies! It is agan time for another Stencil Sunday with STAMPlorations! This Sunday´s project is an art journal sheet, a pretty dark one actually. But first, here are the details for this months challenge (just click the image to go to the page). Hope you´ll join in with us!!! There are prizes to be won too *winks*

And now some details on how I created my art journal sheet:

Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

I first gessoed the art journal sheet with white gesso. Then I dabbed some Distress Paint directly to the brayer and applied it with the brayer onto the page. Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

Next I placed the Bold Florals ARTplorations stencil onto the page and applied modeling paste onto the sheet thru it. I slightly dried the surface with a heat gun, but only for a few seconds. Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

Then I took the Create STAMPlorations clear stamp set and pressed the word „ART“ into the slightly dry modeling paste flowers. It left a mark (almost impossible to see on this picture). Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

I left the paste to dry properly and when I came back to the piece, I didn´t really like the colors I had chosen. They were too soft for my mood that day 🙂 – so I changed them… Some black gesso on top of it all and then I let it to dry again. Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

After the black gesso was all dried up, I took the Bundled Sage Distress Paint and dabbed some paint onto my finger. I then carefully wiped/dabbed the paint onto the stenciled, modeling paste flowers. This made them stand out more and if you look closely, you might even see the little words (ART) standing out from some flower petals. Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

Finally I outlined the flowers with a white Posca pen, added pink, yellow and green details in betweenthe flowers and then took a white gel pen and doodled the branches (colored them in with dark green Posca pen) and added a hand written sentiment. I really, really like how this page turned out. I think I will need to try this technique out a few more times :).

Here is the finished page:Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheetNow is your turn! Join the mixed media challenge at the STAMPlorations blog (remember to follow the rules) and have fun creating!!!

xxx, Sanna

ARTplorations stencil: Bold Florals
STAMPlorations stamp: Create
Posca pens
Black Gesso
Modeling paste
Distress Paints

Art journal page – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, I recently went to Barcelona for a holiday and was fascinated by the city, the good food and of course Gaudi´s work. This art journal page has lots of color on it, like the tile bench in Parc Güell in Barcelona.  Sanna Lippert die cut detail art journal page My starting point for this journal page was a blank art journal page. I chose to use the Macarons die cut die set by Joset Designs as well as the Ribbons 1 set by Els van de Burgt Studio. To that I added some old book sheets and a page from the Through the Lens – Wood patterned paper set. Here is how I created the page:

Sanna Lippert die cut detail art journal pageSanna Lippert die cut detail art journal page1. Apply white gesso onto the art journal page. I added a relatively thick layer to create structure. Let the layer dry properly before moving to the next step.
2. Use the Ribbons 1 dies to cut „tree trunks“ from the Through the Lens – Wood paper.
3. Run the Macarons die cut set dies through a Big Shot and cut a sheet of old book paper with them.
4. Add lime, light blue and yellow spray ink to the gessoed background. Let dry.
5. Spray the Maracons book sheet pieces with orange, purple and yellow spray ink. Glue all pieces onto the background, starting with the „tree trunks“.
6. Add light and dark blue as well as black paint dots with a paint brush here and there for interest.
7. Next stamp with black waterproof stamp ink random patterns to the background.
8. Apply white and black texture spray splatters and drawn highlights with black and white pen.
9. Take a black pen and hand draw circles onto the paper. Paint the background (except the circle areas) with two layers of yellow paint. Let dry properly.
10. Die cut 2 sets of Alphabet 1 – Caps from black Soft Finish Cardstock.
11. Add some more stamping on top of the yellow paint. Adhere a die cut sentiment „never stop growing!“ onto the page.
12. Finally add some white texture spray details and date stamping.

Here is a video start-to-finish for you to watch for further detail:

And here are some detail shots of the finished page:

Sanna Lippert die cut detail art journal pageSanna Lippert die cut detail art journal pageSanna Lippert die cut detail art journal pageSanna Lippert die cut detail art journal pageI hope you get inspired to try out some art journaling. It´s a great possibility to add bits and pieces and use up the stash you have – even the dies – in a totally different way.

Have fun!

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock
Alphabet 1 – Caps
Ribbons 1
Through the Lens – Wood

Big Shot
White and black paint pens
Date stamp – office supply store
Black stamp ink – Hero Arts
Spray inks – Tattered Angels
Yellow acrylic paint – Tattered Angels
Paint brushes
Gesso – Liquitex

Stories to tell

I love quotes!! I find them perfect for art journaling, cards, layouts, ATC´s and canvases. I collect all kinds of quotes to my Pinterest board to save them for later.

One of those just found it´s way into my art journal:

(in case you cannot read it, it says: Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.)

Love this one! Talk about thoughts to live by…

So how did this journal spread come to life? Well, I had all kinds of media and bits and pieces from various projects still lying around on my studio desk and I didn´t want to clean up 😛 .. sooo… I just started adhering various sticker, ribbon and chipboard pieces onto my journal page spread, then added a thick layer of Gesso and let that dry. After that I just added some paint, spray ink, stamping etc. and in the end, this is what came out from the process.

I am not quite happy with the white outlining of the text…it just does not stand out from the background as well as I would have wanted it to..oh well… still looking for the perfect white pen…

so pretty much just playing around and experimenting :-)..

and then there was this other project I tried – transparent epoxy with molds. Liking the results alot!!! See the little „raindrops“? Just accidental droplets that fell onto the working surface, while pouring epoxy into the molds. I really like how those droplets turned out!!

Happy crafting, everyone!!!
xxx, Sanna