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Art journal spread “Who She Had Always Been”

Good morning lovely friends,

Today I would like to share with you my latest art journal spread called “Who She Had Always Been”.

Had lots of fun creating these pages and I love how they turned out. Hope you’ll like them too! 🙂

So why don’t you grab a cuppa and read the step-by-step “how to”?


I started working in my handmade art journal on two pieces of acrylic paper. I began by adding some collage elements (scraps of old book pages and cheesecloth) gluing them down using matte medium.  You can barely see them now, but they are there, helping with getting rid of the “scary” white paper and adding a layer of texture as well. When the pages were dry I spread heavy modelling paste through 3 different 6 x 6 stencils from TCW and dried everything using my heat gun. The next step was covering the pages with a layer of gesso and some Finnabair clear crackle paste, preparing them for the first layer of colour.


So I started by spraying, splattering and dripping to my heart’s content using ColourArte shimmer mists (Namorado, Autumn Leaf, Sweet Whisper, Apple Blossom and Sea Foam), Ecoline (Deep Yellow and Turquoise) and SEI Tumble Dye spray in Black. When I was pleased with the result I left everything dry thoroughly.


Next, I sponged some super heavy white gesso to calm down the colours a bit and give the spread a “dreamy” look – a technique I absolutely looove and I use a LOT!!! LOL


Then it was time for some more collage elements, some shading using a Stabilo All pencil and the final touches using Inka Gold in Rose Quartz and Turquoise and ColourArte pure mica minerals – gold mixed with acrylic glaze.

I stamped the Donna Downey quote on watercolour paper and coffee stained it to match the background.

And DONE! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the small tutorial and that I managed to inspire you a little.

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to check out my new Online Workshop, you can watch a video trailer HERE.

Have a wonderful day,

Much love,

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  1. thanks for the deets on how to get the look. appreciated…. Bravo well done spread!

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  2. Absolutely yummy, Sanda! Love the colors and fabulous texture!

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  3. Hi Sanda. Beautiful pages. I was wondering if the products you use, like the mica powders and the Luminart sprays, are they permanent once dry? I really struggle using products like the Ranger sprays because of the way they bleed through and are so easily reactivated. I’m looking for products that don’t do that. Thanks for the information and visual inspiration you provide.

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    • Hi Sharon and thank you so much for your comment, I am more than pleased with the ColourArte products (I am not working for them, so I can have a totally objective opinion)! I am absolutely in love with their paints/sprays/H2Os/mica powders!!! 🙂 They can’t be easily reactivated if you work on a porous surface, but they are not completely permanent, which I don’t have any problem with as I can seal them using different mediums. Their Silks are permanent, as they are acrylic paints. But what i do with their micas is to mix them not with water but with and acrylic glaze, which make them permanent after drying. What I found fantastic in all these products is that they are loaded with pigment and mica. Hope this helps.:) xoxo

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  4. Hi Sandra, love your pages, loads of texture, bling and the quote really speaks to me at the minute 🙂 thank you for showing the close ups of all the different mediums, beautiful xx

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  5. So very, very gorgeous. Your background is really lovely!

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  6. Sanda,
    this is absolutely gorgeous and i thank you for sharing your steps!!
    Have to tell you , I finally picked up my Gallery Winter 2016 issue and was delighted to see more than one of your pieces included! Kudos , so well deserved!

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  7. Thank you for the tutorial . I’m a newbie and want to learn it all. I love love love this project! Amazing !!

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