More Daily Art Journal Pages

I have a few art journal pages from my daily art journal (junk journal) to show you.  And just to clarify, I do not always journal in this journal on a daily basis.  It is just where I usually do my journaling about my day, like a diary if you will.  My other journals are more about expression and technique.  I will be sharing those journals in a future blog post.

In the below pictured journal page, I had glued painted deli paper on to the page.  I then turned my journal to a portrait orientation and drew the whimsical plants.  I painted around the plants with acrylic paint.  I also highlighted the plants with a white paint marker.  The months and numbers are hand carved stamps that I made.


In this next journal page I adhered more painted papers to the pages and then adhered scrap paper that had circles cut out of it on top of the painted papers.  I painted it with black paint, leaving the inside of the circles the color of the painted papers underneath.  I adhered a Diet Coke label from a Diet Coke that my friend purchased for me because he thought that I would like how artsy it looked.  I bet he never thought that I would put it in my journal 🙂  I embellished the pages with gel pens, white paint marker and a tag.


This next journal spread may look familiar.  I created most of it in a video I shared that you can find here.  I added the poppies with a black Stabilo Marks All and activated the pencil with water.  I added my journaling and stamped the date.

 Art Journal-Stabilo-Poppies

For this journal page, I had smooshed left over paint, stamped foam stamps on the background, glued in a photo from a magazine, stapled a few torn tags with the journaling dates and added large words with my Permapaque markers.  The quote is from my Yoga teacher, you would have to be there to understand 😉  I also added a little piece of decorative tape as a tab on the right page and stapled it to the page.


A vellum page with a quote was used to create the page in my junk journal and I just added paint to the background around it.  I also outlined the umbrellas on the pattered paper above the quote, which matched the theme of the quote perfectly.  Totally unplanned.  I then wrote my journaling with my white paint marker.


You can see the opposite side of the quote image from the previous journal spread on the left journal page in this spread.  I had stenciled a design on the right side of the journal spread and used a paint brush to write the quote.  I doodled along the top of the spread with various pens and markers.


The following spread has images that I made with my Gelli Plate.  I added a little bit of paint around them then adhered the flap of an envelope from a card that my husband gave me for our anniversary.  I added a journaling card to the front of the envelope to add my journaling and when you flip the card up, you can pull out the card from the envelope.

I like using images from other artwork that I have created in my journals.  This journal spread is no exception.  I used the image of my original painting titled “Seeker” in this spread, as well as masks with ink on them and foam stamps.  I again used my hand carved stamps for the date and used a gel pen for journaling.  The small insert at the bottom was a piece of mail that I inserted with washi tape.  I punched out butterflies from the small insert and adhered napkins over it.  It gives it an almost stained glass appearance.

Does this next journal spread look familiar?  I made it in my Flowering Faces video that you can find here.


I hoped you enjoyed looking at a few of my art journal pages in my daily journal and may have found a bit of inspiration.

Do you keep a daily journal, a junk journal or other art journal?  I would love to hear about it or see!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

January Product Pick of the Month

My product pick of the month is a simple tool that I seem to use on a regular basis for creating handmade journals, carving stamps, and so many other things.  It is the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design Ruler.


It has a grid background to align your ruler perfectly, spaced holes for piercing, a center measuring guide,


a straight edge for drawing lines,


and a metal edge for cutting.


This thing is amazing!  I cannot bind another journal without it!

You can purchase the ruler for $6.99 from Simon Says Stamp:

Click here to purchase from Simon Says Stamp

You can also find it on Amazon as well as your local hobby and craft retailers.

Have you used the Tim Holtz Design Ruler?  What projects do you like to use it for?  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Carving with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in NYC

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of carving stamps for patterning with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in her Manhattan home.  All I have to say is….”Wow!”  What a blast!  Of course I had to prepare for class by creating another shirt, and I wanted to make it even better than the one that I made for Create in New Jersey last year.


I used stencils to create the brick wall and the city scape.  I free-handed the lettering and it was all applied with Golden paint and the Golden fabric medium.

In class, I learned a lot about stamp carving and how to create stamps to make beautiful patterns when stamped together.

NYC-Julie-Class-Stamp NYC-Julie-Class-Demo NYC-Julie-Class

We had a wonderful group of ladies in my class.


And check out this wonderful view of New York City from Julie’s apartment terrace.


That evening, a few of us, including my brave husband, went to Don Antonio for dinner. We all had different variations of true Italian pizza and it was delicious.


I later used some of my stamped tags from class in my art journal, as well as the adorable name tag stickers that Julie made for each of us with her Brother Scan N Cut.


If you are interested in reading all about the class on Julie’s blog, you can check it out here:

Julie’s Blog Post at Balzer Designs

Have you ever tried to design and carve stamps for patterning?  I would love to hear about it 🙂

Thanks for visiting the blog!

Carved Journal Stamps

I am always trying to think of different types of stamps to carve for my art journal but the ones that I go to the most are my days of the week, months and numbers stamps.  Instead of trying to carve all 12 month stamps, I make it a monthly goal to carve a stamp for the next month.  For example, we are currently in the month of June.  I will be sure to carve a July stamp by the first of July so I can have it for my first July entry in my Journal.  Here is what I have so far.


Looks like I need to get busy and carve my July stamp…oops.

I use my number stamps for the days of the month.


And finally I have my days of the week stamps, which I normally use every time I journal in my daily art journal that is used primarily for journaling.


Stay tuned for next week’s blog post where I will share art journal pages from last month and how I use my hand carved stamps.  If you have any hand carved stamps that you use in your art journal, I’d love to see them!