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“Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT

“Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT

Hello wonderful people,

Today I’m back with an art journal spread that I hope will brighten your day with its cheerful colours and message. I wasn’t always an art journaler, but lately, I am drawn to it, more and more, as I find it a very freeing exercise as well as a totally safe space where I can always go and experiment with new techniques, try out new supplies or just tell a story and create to my heart’s content.

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“Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT

I started my page by applying a coat of white heavy gesso to my pages using a Finnabair brush and dried it with my heating tool. In order to paint my background, I diluted a few of the new Art Alchemy Impasto paints, applied them randomly on my pages, spritzed more water on top, covered the page with plastic wrap (trying to create as many crinkles as possible) and left everything dry naturally, which will take about 2 hours. As you’ll see in my video, I tried to experiment with quite a few different techniques in applying my Impasto paints, to give you a taste of how they behave and react and I must say they are just gorgeous!!! So easy to work with, their consistency is perfect, very good load of pigment not to mention the luscious colours 😊 They are a must on every crafter’s working table, my friends!

“Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT “Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT

Going back to my pages – after I repeated this step several times, adding more colours each time and let my background dry completely, I sketched two gerbera daisy-like flowers with a white charcoal stick. In order to create the centre of the flowers and give my pages some really cool texture, I glued down a mixture of Mega Art stones, Art stones and Mini Art stones with 3D matte gel. Next, I painted the centre black and, while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled black microbeads, glass glitter and fine glitter for a bit of sparkle. I am not a very “glittery” person, but I must admit I absolutely loved the effect.

“Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT

My next step was to give the petals a base coat of paint using the Impasto paints and then, I did some shading and put the highlights using the Art Alchemy Metallique acrylics which brought my flowers to life giving them a wonderful, soft shine which enhanced perfectly the base colour.

“Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT “Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT

Then, I fussy cut a lovely old photo of three little girls from Finnabair Vintage Collectibles ephemera pack and collaged the image, a few chipboard tiny stars and the stamped words using 3D matte gel.

“Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT

As a finishing touch, I diluted some Snow White Impasto paint and, using the end of a brush I painted some dots on my petals. I have also highlighted the texture using Art Alchemy wax and mica powder.

“Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT “Let your dreams bloom…” – Art journal page for Finnabair CT

I hope you enjoyed and got inspired by my new art journal page and you are ready to create some magic of your own. 😊

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see all the products I used. Enjoy and have fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a great day, my friends and don’t forget to check out my popular Online Workshops, great for both, beginners as well as more experienced artists. 🙂 I’d be delighted to see you in the classroom! 

Much love,

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7 Comments:

  1. Your Art mends a hurting heart, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous, wonderful texture and colouring. Love. Tracy x

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  3. Oh I love your pages. So colorful and so much depth created.

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    • Thank you very much Linda! I think the metallic paints are more vibrant and they are loaded with pigment compared with the Lumiere ones, as for the paper I use, when I am working with so many mediums and texture, I am using the heaviest of watercolor paper, either 300 or 480 gsm, that I can very easily attach to my Finnabair art journal 🙂 Hope this helps, xoxo

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  4. Oh my gosh, just finished watching the video. Had no idea there was so much product used. Question for you…how do you think the metallic paints compare with Lumiere paints? What do you use for your journal that will take all of the mediums? Thanks.

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