“Something” Art Journal Layout

I’m having fun with my handmade art journal and this month’s Stencil Girl Club stencils, so wanted to share the process with you.


Started with painted greenish squares that had a stencil added. I was “cleaning” off the stencil, so I smooshed the paint around and included the edges. It has a clock face design on it. But I thought it was too bright, so I wanted to add some gesso to tone down but not loose the background, so I added stripes of masking and washi tape, then added the gesso.

Mixed Media Art journal by Michelle Brown



Next I outlined the lines with my favourite black pen [Montana Extra fine Acrylic Marker  filled with  Golden High Flow Acrylic in Carbon Black


The quote was written (twice) in white then went over it again with the black marker.




Then it was time to stencil! I used 2 shades of green, a teal and a grey and that helped to make the stencilling really subtle. I used Post-It notes to mask off areas and keep the stripes and quote stencilled.

mixed media art journal with stencil girl stencils

The quote says “If you give up something good to search for something better, you may end up with something worse!”

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy Creating,






3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sue on August 4, 2014 at 5:35 am

    What a great technique! Thank you so much for the step-by-step….I have to try this!


  2. Beautiful!


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