Wiola says, “I love to experiment and implement various artistic ideas, even the most crazy ones, so I keep learning and absorb more and more. Art journaling allows me to do all this, giving me unlimited possibilities of expression”

Materials list:

Stamps Wiola used...

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps: Ledger Script

Prima Marketing: Clear Stamp Musica

AB Studio: Mixmedia set 1 - ID-48  


Other materials... 

Renesans White gesso 

Finnabair Impasto paint: Black; Mint

Craft O'Clock scrapbook papers: Vintage Bisou collection; Hummingbird song collection


Step-by-step… Art Journal

1 Glue together a few old book pages. With a palette knife, cover the pages with a layer of gesso.

2 Tear some scrapbook paper or collage papers and adhere to the pages. Leave some white space too.

3 Apply some black gesso or black acrylic paint in a few random places.  


4 Next, when it's dry, repeat with some more white gesso. When this layer is dry, add another colour of paint to make it more interesting.

5 Choose a focal vintage image, some ephemera and interesting die-cuts to add to the design. Edge all your pieces with brown Distress ink, choose your arrangement and  adhere all the bits to the pages.

6 Take some small stamps and add some numbers and text in purposefully placed areas. This part is not random, as you want the stamping to keep the cohesiveness and balance of the pages. The stamping is more subtle, as there is already lots going on in the papers.


To finish the project: I added the sentiment and the embellishments like brads and wire. Then I splashed the pages with white paint and added some Mint paint to keep the cohesiveness. I added a little more stamping!


This project first featured in the April 2020 issue of Craft Stamper magazine