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Welcome to another Art Journal Express – a free video tutorial series where I show you how I created one of my art journal pages from start to finish. Each and every Art Journal Express video tutorial is in “fast forward” mode and then narrated so that you can see each and every step and hear my thoughts behind my process without having to sit through a loooong video.

Live Your Life in Color Art Journal Page by Andrea Walford

The art journal page I am sharing with you today is a classic example of stepping out of your comfort zone and learning to live with the fact that not everything is always going to turn out.

When I sat down to create this page I already had a pretty good idea in my mind as to what I wanted to create.  Every since I purchased my Liquitex Professional Spray Paints I’ve been wanting to play around with them and see what kinds of things I could do with them.  My thoughts on this page was to create a colourful gradient effect on a chipboard title – which I did.

As the page progressed and I tried various techniques overall I was quite please with the results….until I decided to try a little experiment near the end which I was NOT so happy with.  The experiment?  Well, take a look at the centre of the  “O” letters in the word “color”.  They look to me like there is some sort of abnormal growth happening LOL.  NOT the look I intended.

It all started with an experiment.  Really I should have known better.  Although technically an art journal is supposed to be a place for creative growth and experimentation – I’m a little OCD.  My art journal is definitely a place for growth and experimentation, but typically only if I have a general sense that things are going to work out.

If I’m really not sure about a technique or a product – I’ll try it out on a scrap piece of paper to see what it looks like. If it doesn’t work the first time the way I imagined, I’ll try a few variations – again, on scrap paper.  If I end up with a result I like, then I’ll apply it to an art journal page in my “good” art journal (which is this one).  If I don’t like it, I won’t apply that technique.

Live Your Life In Color Art Journal Page by Andrea Walford

Well today I broke all my own rules LOL.  I had pretty much gotten to the end of my art journal page when I decided that I wanted to see if I could create a look of microbeads embedded in glass using my Golden Self-Levelling Gel. Well, as I explain in the video – I had never actually used that product before.  But I had seen someone else use it and was pretty sure it would turn out the way I expected.

So I threw caution to the wind!

Yeah!…..Well, lesson learned.  My OCD perfectionist self had to figure out a way to try and work with an experiment gone wrong, and learn to live with it, and even post it publicly since I wasn’t about to let all that work in creating a video go to waste LOL.

Moral of the story – next time I’m going to stick to my tried and true method of pushing my comfort zone boundaries – one something I don’t care about.

You can watch how I created this page in my video tutorial below:


Light Grey, Grey, Raw Umber, Black Neocolor II Wax Crayons (Caran D’Ache); Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic (Golden); Bombay Black India Ink (Dr. Ph Martin); Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Cadmium Orange Hue, Medium Magenta, Brilliant Yellow Green, Phthalocyanine Green 7 Blue Shade, Carbon Black Professional Spray Paint (Liquitex); Royal Script Stamp (Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous); Off the Grid stamp (Stampin’ Up!); Lisa Uppercase Chipboard Letters (Maya Road); Bubblegum, Tangerine, Swimming Pool, Bumblebee and Limeade Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs); PITT Artist Big Brush Pen Light Green 171 and Orange Glaze 113 (Faber-Castell); Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger); yellow, orange, pink, green blue embroidery thread (fabric store)

As with all my other art journal pages I have been working  in my Dylusions journal.  The Dylusions journals are my absolute favourite – they have lots of sturdy pages which hold up really well to all sorts of inks and mediums and embellishments.  I always use the right side for journaling and the left side to list the supplies and make notes on what I did in case I want to use the techniques on other mixed media pieces.

Live Your Life in Color Art Journal Page by Andrea Walford

I hope you enjoyed today’s video tutorial. If you haven’t already, please be sure to subscribe to the  You Tube Channel I’ve created specifically for the Art of Simple blog HERE so that you don’t miss a single issue of Art Journal Express.

Also, I will be re-starting  posting to my Andrea Walford Designs Facebook Page. I encourage you to “like” my page, as I’ll be sharing exclusive content that you won’t find here – including pictures of some of my other art work (art journal pages, etc), tips and techniques I find around the web, and the occasional Facebook only video tutorial.  That Facebook Page won’t just be art journaling and mixed media – I will be posting some card creations as well.

Happy creating!

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