How to Create an Art Journal Page

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

Art Journaling can be so liberating, like putting your thoughts down with inks and paints. Sit back and enjoy while I create this two page spread.


  • Art Journal book
  • Drywall tape
  • embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • gel medium
  • Ideology Paper Dolls
  • Art Anthology Rust Texture Set
  • Art Anthology Patina Texture Set
  • Crackle Texture Paste
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Script stamp of choice
  • assorted ephemera
  • pieces of muslin
  • Cogs and Gears
  • Chipboard pieces
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I decided to add texture on my page I was going to utilize T!m's new 3D Texture Fade with the gears. You always can use texture paste ran through a stencil if you prefer.

    Step 2

    Ran about 6 sheets off and ripped the edges and applied to my journal pages with matt gel.

    Step 3

    Using some drywall tape I cut sections and adding to the background.

    Step 4

    Randomly I added crackle paste here and there over the top and allowed to dry over night. You can dry with heat gun, I prefer to allow this to dry on it's own.

    Step 5

    Next day I took my Rust Velvet Terracotta and mixed some craft sand with it then added it to sections of my background. Spritzed it with water and blended with finger to cause it to run and drip.

    Step 6

    My gears I cut out of Sizzix Cogs and Gears in chipboard and then coated with Rust Truffle Stone Effects.

    Step 7

    I had this piece of clock acetate and decided to add alcohol ink in Ginger then spritz it with alcohol 70% for the blotches. Adhere to my chipboard piece.

    Step 8

    Rip ephemera randomly and make a mat effect to put behind your paperdolls. Ripped pieces of muslin and adhered with matt gel, stamped with black archival ink and text stamp.

    Step 9

    Start adding your paper dolls, some I added 3D foam pieces to create height and depth. Also dry brushed the tops of all the textures on the backdrop with gesso.

    Step 10

    Using AA's Patina set, I applied the Teal and Seafoam Green to my cogs and also allowed it to drip a bit.

    Step 11

    Hope you were inspired to get messy in your art journal book. It's a great place to let loose and try to techniques as well as unleash your inner creative soul.

    Step 12

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    Step 14

    Take time to express yourself visually with your art. It can be very healing.

    Step 15

    I'd like to encourage you to do something creative everyday, whether it's with art, or cooking, gardening etc....