art journal

After a week’s break I am back to blogging. I had an amazing time in Phoenix while visiting Creativation 2018. It’s not only the products that you get to see first, or the demos and the wonderful companies! It’s mostly the people! So great to hug old friends and make new ones… totally worth the endless traveling.

Today I am sharing an art journal! A lovely flower arrangement with butterflies using lot’s of mixed media techniques. I worked on my Dylusions art journal.

I did all the coloring with distress oxide inks with lot’s of different techniques to apply the color. Including blending tools, blending brushes and the infamous “smoosh the ink of your table” technique! Lot’s of fun and dirty fingers!

For my focal points I used Sizzix dies, the Apothecary bottles, the mini butterflies and the Wildflowers 2.

When I make my art journals I can easily spend most of my time on the background rather than the focal points. I love building layers upon layers, using many techniques and playing with different products such as stencils and the new distress resist spray.

The shine and texture that you see in the photo below is the awesome result by spraying a couple of times with the new resist spray. So quick and easy to do and with great impact on your project.

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel


Links to multiple online shops provided. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

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Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE INK PAD SET…
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Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE INK PAD SET…
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Tim Holtz Layering Stencil MOSAIC THS084
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Tim Holtz Layering Stencil…
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RESERVE Tim Holtz Distress RESIST…
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RESERVE Tim Holtz Distress BLENDING…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix MINI DETAILED…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix WILDFLOWERS 2…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix Die APOTHECARY…
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Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2017…
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Ranger Archival Ink Pad COFFEE AIP31451
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Ranger 4 ounce MULTI MEDIUM MATTE…
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Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE UM-153
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Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel BLACK 1.0mm…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology SOUVENIR…
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  1. Hi
    Happy you made it home.Wow 2 days to get home ugh.
    I don’t know how you can contain yourself at those shows. It’s like being a kid in a candy store. Of all the people that I would love to meet would be you and Tim in person. Short list lol Can anyone attend CHA?
    Now for the layout you’re so lucky to have Tim’s new stuff already. I always enjoy the layouts you make. Excited that you will be showing more this year. YAY!!!!

  2. I enjoyed it so very much and yes I want to see more of these gorgeous and stunning Art Journal pages. Thanks. Glad you are save home after that very long journey.

  3. So beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. I’m glad you made it back safely. I hope you had a wonderful trip. ???

  4. So wonderful to hear you are home safe and sound and enjoying all your new goodies from Creativation! This layout is awesome, Vicky…so full of life with a sentiment that means so much to all of us! Welcome back, Vicky! ❤

  5. So happy to see a new art journal page – what an ordeal getting home but so many new products to think about on your journey. Happy crafting!!

  6. Absolutely love this……….so nice to see the video and see how you did it. Were your pages prepared with gesso first or not? Your trip home was definitely long……..glad you made it home safely.

  7. Clearly, I am not very talented as I rely on folks like you for ideas. For some unknown reason, it never occured to me to use Oxides on a page layout… How pathetic is THAT? LOL
    Beautifully done as always Vicky and I am glad that you finally arrived home safe and sound, 2 days is a long time to get home.

  8. Oh I did wonder if you were going to Creativation! Love the new Resist Spray! Thanks for the super demo on how to use it to great effect! Beautiful journal page. =)

  9. Glad you had such a good time in our corner of the world! (I live in Tucson … just south of Phoenix.) Sorry I couldn’t make it there to meet you in person and to thank you for your videos and blog posts. I really appreciate your video. I’m working on a mixed media project with the focal point being a photo of my Great Grandfather, which I recently received. This is new to me, but after watching all your videos (and some others) I decided to give it a try. I had a really hard time with the background, but finally got something I can live with. Making some elements for it (FUN!) and getting ready to put it all together. Will send you a photo when it’s done. I would work on it, get stuck, go back and watch one or 2 of your videos and then go try again …. I was really glad to have your videos to refer back to and encourage me to just keep playing with it. Learning as I go!!!! Look forward to trying to make some mixed media cards too! Thank you, Vicky.

  10. I love watching you work in your art journal. I have done a few pages and really enjoyed the process and hope to do more. Thank you for all your inspiration.

  11. I love your journel pages. Enjoying seeing them each time you do one. I have done mine on canvases for gifts for my friends. They love them.

  12. Enjoy your journels look forward to seeing them when you put one out. I have made a few on canvas for gifts, for my friends. They loved them.

  13. Vicky, you are so talented! I love your journal pages! I really enjoy all your creations. Your art brings joy to my life, and inspiration. Thank you so much! Sorry to hear it took so long for you to get home! Those overseas flights can get so tiresome! But I’m glad you had such a good time in Phoenix!

  14. Love it, as always.. 🙂
    I am still struggling about the potential of the oxyde but I will give it a try 🙂

  15. Beautiful journal page. I only own 5 oxide pads, but I really like them. I own nearly all the Distress pads, so it’s hard to justify more ink. Per your recom several months ago, I bought the Nuvo Deluxe adhesive. I love it! It never clogs and dries quickly.

  16. Love every one of your videos, and I can’t seem to get enough of them – I discovered you only recently! So glad there will be more coming in 2018. I especially enjoy the ones where you use the Faber-Castell India ink brush pens so hope you can do more of those in the near future. Thanks for the many excellent tutorials!

  17. Another totally awesome art journal layout for us to drool over!! Love the botttle and flowers, and great sentiment. Love watching you create… my inspiration because you are relaxed and don’t get upset if it’s not perfect! Thanks again so much for sharing your creativity with us here, Vicky!

  18. So glad you made it home safe and sound! Followed you on Instagram so it was neat to see and felt I was on a trip as well ?. Another beautiful layout and fun techniques. Quick question, how did you get the colours on the brushes to differentiate?? Are those rings? Did you colour them or do they come in different colours? Thanks for replying 🙂

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