Friday, January 23, 2015

Art Journal Page - Pathways

Hi All,
So, being the crazy person I am, I decided to join another art journal prompt group... This one is free and is called Journal 52. Here is the link if you want to try it out. Journal 52 2015. Of course since I just joined now I am already behind. So, here is my first week's page. The prompt was "pathways'.
I found a quote I liked about the subject and then went with that :)

I decided to make the pages for this journal loose leaf rather then buying a already bound book. I will make them one sided and then bind them at the end of the year. The size is 7 1/2" X 11? because I have a watercolor pad that is 11" X 15" and I just cut the pages in half. I started the page by adding some scrapbook papers with matte gel medium.

Then to make them more unified I went over them with white gesso. I used a old itunes card to apply the gesso in horizontal lines 'even' to represent the quote.

While that was drying I made the quote on a small piece of mixed media paper WITH MY OWN HANDWRITING! LOL

I added a 'pathway' going up the steep hills and then added a color layer using Gelatos. I used a wet finger to blend. 

Then I used a stencil over the Gelatos and used a baby wipe to go in and remove some of the gelato color.

I did this with a few different stencils.

After that I added some stamping using acrylic paint. I wanted a very graphic look I used shapes in solid images.

To finish up the page I made a little figure to climb the pathway of life. 

After she was colored with water soluble crayons and acrylics I added her and the quote on the page with matte gel medium. I made the quote into a sign on the top of the hill.

I hope you enjoyed my project. If you did leave a comment below :)

PS. For those of you who are interested in what I did for week 4 of Lifebook - Here is my page. It is based on the work of artist Patti Ballard who did a fast forward video for this week.

<3 Shel


  1. Shel it is a great spread, loved your step by step :-)

  2. Cleverly done Shel!
    Love also the valentines cards down below!!

    Thanks for sharing and popping over, Shaz in O.x

    1. Thank you Shaz :) Glad you popped by!

  3. I love your work, Im a huge fan.

    1. Thank you so much Nichole! I am relatively new to this whole blogging thing and it is good to know my art is appreciated :)


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