Stencil challenge reminder – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies and welcome to the June STAMPlorations stencil challenge reminder post! Whew, what a sentence!! 🙂 Without further ado, here is my take for the June reminder post:

I again created a double spread into my art journal. The theme of these pages is: The Story of Living Things. I bought an old book about „living things“ a year ago from a trift store. I thought now was a good time to start using it!

During the social isolation the nature got a well deserved pause from us humans and this art journal is a „hommage“ on all living things, except us humans.

On this page I used glossy paint and spray ink on the background. It created a faux wooden pattern. On top are clear stickers from STAMPlorations as well as white texture paste applied thru one of my stencils. The birdies on a branch are by STAMPlorations as well as is the stamp set I used to stamp it with. The leaves are hand drawn on old book paper and the text is from the trift store book.

For the second page I used white paint and spray ink on the background to create a resist area. Then I stamped with STAMPlorations stamps onto the background and added a green tinted texture paste thru one of my stencil designs around the edges. The focal point of this page are the flowers, stamped on an old book page, then misted and highlighted with Posca pens.

I really enjoyed creating this inspiration spread for the reminder post! Now is your turn. There is still plenty of time to play along. Remember to follow the rules and have fun with this months challenge!!! Can´t wait to see what you create!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna


Art journal flip-thru

Hello everyone, I really started art journaling in 2016. I had been dabbling in an art journal from time to time, but the real spark started 2016. There were still breaks in between creating and it was in 2018 that I did pages on more regular basis. Today I´m sharing a flip-thru video of this particular art journal with you guys.

Above is a peek into the journal. Since 2018 I´ve been creating in my journal much more regurlarly and it has become an outlet for feelings, thoughts and art experiments. I seem to grab the journal more often, when I´m feeling stressed, bothered about something or extremely happy.

In the beginning I could not see the „purpose“ of keeping an art journal, in between I could not live without having one. After this one was finished, I had already ordered a new one (the blue journal by Dina Wakley :)!). There cannot be a time without a journal, you see :).

So, I hope you enjoy my „journal journey“. Most of the pages I´ve shared previously here on my blog, some I haven´t. I love my journal and strongly recommend you trying one out too.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting,

Supplies (just a small selection of what I´ve used!):

Temporarily closed – AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Tuesday! I´m excited to share another art journal page with you today. This one turned out so to my liking!!

I originally had something going on on the page already, but didn´t like it at all. That happens. So, I took a piece of tissue paper that I had done with a gel plate, adhered that on top and started anew. After the gel plate tissue, I grabbed some bookpaper bits. Adhered those and then applied first gold acrylic paint here and there. Then I grabbed my beloved Distress Crayons and applied the gorgeous colours (also the white! crayon – love it here!!). Next I placed my Dots ´n Beans stencil and placed it on some areas to wipe of a bit of the crayon.

You can hardly see that, but look for the the blue and pink areas, you might recognize the stencil pattern there. I already had a quote in mind I wanted to use, but hadn´t figured out how I wanted to use it. Then it hit me – writing on a book page and fussy cutting each and every letter extra, then adhering in rows. I LOVE how that turned out! So going to do this more often :), definitely!

That´s it, lovelies. It´s a simple page, but I love how it turned out. Happy times!
xxx, Sanna


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