art journal summer

Today I am back with an art journal layout! Summer is here in Greece, the temperatures are rising, schools close today and we’ll be spending most of our days at the beach.

art journal summer

A question I get all the time is what can I use for focal point if I don’t have the correct stamp and I don’t know how to draw! Well just go online and print out your images. That is what I did today and I am sharing the whole process. What is great about using digital images is that you can shrink them or enlarge them as much as you like. And this gives you the freedom to work on any size art journal book.

art journal summer

I have print out the palm trees and the bus with my inkjet printer and then used my trusty old matte medium to stick everything down. Worked great!

art journal summer

For my background I used a brayer technique which not only is quick and fun but the results and the texture it gives on your page is awesome!

art journal summer

As always my go to techniques of shading and highlighting came handy to bring everything together and bring all those paper pieced images to life.

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel


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  1. This layout makes me want to go and buy a bus and go camping!!
    Soooo pretty with all the stunning details.

    Thanks for the inspiration and I hope you have a lovely summer/Gunilla

  2. Wow, that was fun to watch. I’ve never created anything like this, so watching you create was pure magic for me. I enjoyed the music and your commentary as well. Now I wish I had a camper like that and could go to the beach you created. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. I am blown away as always – your shading technique makes the whole page POP!!! Your talents continue to inspire and amaze me. Oh how I wish I had your ability— GORGEOUS!!!

  4. I always get so excited when you post your mixed media journal pages, Vicky, because they are so beautiful and also easy to replicate with your excellent videos! Love this summery page!
    I was excited to get the free 7-day trial, too—-except that it isn’t totally free. I do not like to give my credit card to a lot of places, because it leaves your card vulnerable today. So unfortunately I won’t be doing this trial, as much as I would like!

  5. I love your art journal pages and how you add all the texture and shading. I especially liked how you made the camper appear as if it had spent many summers going to the beach. So beautiful!

  6. Vicky, you continue to amaze and inspire me! The background, the cut outs, the shading, it’s all marvelous. Another wonderful page.

  7. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me and your generous, helpful techniques are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Once again you did it. A really great video. I love to watch when you make your art journal pages. They are always inspiring.

  9. I love, love, love this! I love the sketchy stamp that you used. That totally surprises me, because it is not something that I would normally be attracted to.

  10. Hi Vicky
    Love your new ‘Summer’ page, thankyou for showing how to use cut out’s for people like me who can’t draw a thing. I am going to try and make a 3d frame for a friend who has just turned 99 years old would you believe , I have been to a wonderful butterfly tent at the Natural History Museum in London and have taken lots of photo’s so you have now inspired me to try and use them, so wish me luck, and I look forward to seeing your next page.

    Best Wishes

    Julie Bee

  11. Vicky, this is so amazing. I was never into mixed media before but I have to admit you have inspired me and now I am definitely going to try it! Just awesome work! TFS!

  12. I loved your brayered background so much I was inspired to make a beach themed journal page too! What a fun technique and it came together so quickly. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  13. Great layout. I live by the beach and have surfing family. I tried to find it but it isn’t there anymore. Do you know if they removed it?

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