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“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

Hi, guys,

Autumn is here, my friends, already displaying a lush range of colours. This is the time of the year I enjoy taking long walks in the hazy, but still, warm sun, collecting leaves, tiny twigs or seed pods that I will later use in my projects, or just arrange them around the house.

So, I’m back today, sharing with you an art journal spread celebrating the wonderful Fall Season, that I hope will inspire you.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

I started my pages by covering them with a coat of white heavy gesso. When this was dry I began collaging small pieces of cotton fabric using Finn’s Sculpture Medium – overlapping the fabric bits, creating wrinkles and then saturating the fabric with a generous amount of sculpture medium until I covered my pages completely. I  added a few more fabric pieces (for these ones I made a cut longwise, in the middle, to create an opening) and I pasted them with sculpture medium, manipulating the fabric to create organic shapes to resemble some seed pods.

“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

While the medium was still wet, I added more texture with Finn’s art stones in all three sizes (the sculpture medium is also the perfect glue for this purpose). When I was happy with the result, I left the pages dry overnight.

“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

Next morning, I started mixing the colours I wanted for this spread, using Art Alchemy Impasto paints, which I absolutely love, love, love! ? I encourage you to play and experiment, mixing your own shades, that best suit your project and believe me, it is a very rewarding process.

I diluted the paints with water to an ink-like consistency and started painting the background, spritzing the paint with more water to help the paint move.  When my pages were covered, I dried them thoroughly with my heating tool.

“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT “Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

Next, I cut some cardstock leaves with my Silhouette machine and used them as masks, covering the space between the shapes with white heavy gesso. Then, I removed the masks, dried the gesso and added more colour, shading and highlighting the areas around the leaves with water-soluble oil pastels. When I was pleased with the result, I mixed two shades of green and added them in a few spots.

“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

As a finishing touch, I put some highlights on the texture using Art Alchemy Sparks – these paints are soooo yummy!!! ?

“Herbarium” – Art Journal Page for Finnabair CT

I hope you enjoyed my new project and you are ready to create your own lovely autumnal art journal…

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. And did you know I am now offering my Art Journaling and Beyond Workshop as Lessons a la Carte? This means you can buy now each Lesson from this Workshop separately! ? I’d be delighted to see you in the classroom! 

Much love,

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  1. This is Absolutely AMAZING Sanda!! You and your artwork are absolutely Amazing!!
    I haven’t had a chance to watch your video yet, But I know, it will be glorious to see! Thank you ,thank you for always generously sharing your time,inspiration and creativity so freely with us!
    huge hugs and love,Jackie! xx

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  2. I love this !! I can’t tell you how excited I am to give it a try. I just placed an order for a few things I need ! I will be recovering from surgery in a few weeks and this will be a great quiet project to do while I’m home bound ! Thank you so much for all the great inspiring projects !

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