To Plant A Garden – AJ page

Hello everyone and happy Friday! I´m stopping by today to share another art journal page with you guys. For this one I used one of my favorite techniques.

I first created a crazy, colorful background with various paints, spray inks and daubers. I basically added layers after layers and even added a neon dauber thru a stencil. When everything was dry, I just drew black flowers onto the page, doodled them to add more detail and then painted the “open” areas in between with a grey Posca pen.

For finishing touches I added a qoute that says: “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”. Love that quote!

The flowers, of course, are not real ones, just very imaginary. I cannot draw real flowers, I´m more the abstract, imaginative type of drawer :). But I love how this page turned out.

Wishing you a great weekend! Stay healthy and stay safe!
xxx, Sanna


Blue mix – AJ page

Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Today I´m sharing another art journal page with you. This one, the page is done almost solely in blue tones. I felt that I needed to create something in blue tones.

I associate blue with water and water as an element to me is very relaxing. I find inner peace while swimming, for example. That is why I love blue.

For this page I´ve used blue paints in layers, adding chevron masking tape here and there to create peeks into the bottom colour layers. On top of it all, there is a very old sticker I´ve outlined with a white acrylic pen. Also some fussy cut elements were added (circles and the “title”).

Finally, I added some journaling and an outline pattern using Posca pens. I find these colours very soothing.

That´s all from me today. Hope everything is well at your end of the world!!
xxx, Sanna


STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge reveal

Hello everyone and welcome to January 2020!!! Today it´s again time to share this months STAMPlorations challenges and today it´s Stencil Challenge Reveal time.

I again created an art journal page for this months challenge reveal – here it is:

For this page I´ve first added all kinds of color residues onto the background, then added stencil images with STAMPlorations Festive Boomdala stencil as well as some of my stencil line stencils, like the Lupinus one. Then I drew an abstract face onto the page, painted the background area black and added bits and bobs, like Japanese magazine bits here and there. Also, there are paint details as well as tissue paper pieces here and there. The sentiment on the black background just came to my mind when I was looking at the facial impression of my abstract girl image. So I added it to the page.

That´s my take for this months challenge. Remember, you can create anything, as long as you have used a stencil! Also remember the STAMPlorations reveal post on your blog and feature the challenge image on your blog to be eligible for the price. That´s it! Hope you play along with us!!! There are also prizes to be won – read more about the challenge HERE!!!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna


November Stencil Challenge – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone and welcome to the November STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge!! For this month´s challenge reveal, I´ve again created an art journal page. I just cannot seem to take a break from art journaling at the moment.

Here is what I created:

Remember I did this type of pages a while back (I think it was last year?) and I just felt like creating one more. This quote resulted from a day where I had been doing lots of “good deeds” just for the fun of it and somehow on that day and the day after, everything seemed to come back twice as good; “do good and the good comes back to you” really seems to be true.

And now to the techniques I´ve used. First I applied some liquid watercolor onto a damp (misted) page and let the colours spread and form splodges on their own. After that I took an iridescent acrylic paint which I applied onto the page thru the Peacock Feathers stencil. Then I hand wrote the quote with Posca pens and also added some details with them to the feathers. For finishing touches I added a few red spray ink splatters.

So that is my take for the November challenge reveal. I hope you join us an give your stencils a play. There are always prizes to be won (if you play by the rules). And now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to take a look at the other inspirational projects my team colleagues created!!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna


At Home Art Journal Page

Hello lovelies and happy Tuesday! I hope you had a good start into the new week? Mine was nice, I´m slowly starting to feel better after my knee surgery – baby steps, but steps anyways! Yesterday marks 5 weeks in recovery and I am slowly getting better! Yay!!! I am not my old self yet, but I am slowly working myself back to mobility again. It was kinda hard for me to accept the fact, that it will take so much time and effort, honestly. And I know it´s not the end of the road yet, but I feel better than a few weeks back, so reason enough to celebrate little achievements. Thus this page:

I´ll also share some layers until the finished page – here is what I started with:

A layer of Mister Huey´s watercolors to start with (remember those by Studio Calico?). And then some stamping with Nuvo Hybrid Poppy Red stamp ink and the Rubber Dance Doodle Flowers stamp set.

Next some Finnabair Art Basics heavy gesso here and there.

After that some rub-on alphas, random pencil marks and fussy cut paper triangles for texture.

Next I took a palette knife and applied some acrylic paints with it very randomly onto the background. Then I draw along the color lines with Posca pens added a few rub-on animals and a Distress Oxide and Nuvo Embellishment Mousse painted die cut tag (by STAMPlorations) onto the page. Added sentiment onto that and started painting the rub-on animals with watercolour paint.

For fnishing touches I outlined the animals and the triangles with black Posca pen.

It´s a very bold page I created. I just went with what felt comfortable for me and apparently strong colors and bold is what I am going towards at the moment.

Have a great week, everyone!
xxx, Sanna