Today I am back with another art journal page, for my “a year in flowers” project. C is for Crocus!

This is part of a blog hop! Altenew is releasing a new “Build-a-flower” stamp set on the 1st of each month and we celebrate this release with lots of inspiration and giveaways. You should have arrived here from Altenew Card Blog. This month the flower is Crocus!

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

For my art journal I worked with my gel plate. I did lots of prints for the background as well as for stamping the flowers and leaves.

I worked with my Arteza acrylic paints on this project but in order to add the needed shading to the flowers I did stamp the different layers using my Altenew oval sets.

I always like to add the letter of the flower and the dictionary definition. It adds consistency to my book of flowers, as each page has something similar.

Make sure to check the video above for a step by step tutorial on this art journal project.

supplies, coupon codes & sales

  • There is a Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan available. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month (stamps & dies) – at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99).
  • Shop at Arteza and get 15% OFF when you use the code SUMMER15 (valid only for 2 days).

Links to multiple online stores linked below. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you.

Build-A-Flower: Crocus
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Acrylic Premium Artist Paint Set – 60…
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Deco Wallpaper Stencil
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Embossing Paste
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Classic Alphabet Die Set
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Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Ranger Ink – Dylusions Mixed Media…
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Me and My Big Ideas – Create 365…
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Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
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There are many ways to win prizes:

  • To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win.
  • They will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 6/9/2019.

next stop

Your next stop is the super talented Therese Calvird. Happy hopping!


  1. I love this series and am so glad to see you use the new Arteza paints. I live mixed media’s and am always looking for new products and ideas. Thanks for an awesome product!

  2. I’m loving watching all your “Year In Flowers ” posts! Very inspiring! Your art journal pages are my favorite!

  3. Just watched your video on Youtube and….as always…. loved it! I really enjoyed the gel print for the flowers and the no black outline, eliminating the white border around it, so much better!!! I think it would look great in cards too. By the way you didn’t include the Faber Castel big brush artist pens in your supplies list, are they still out there? I have them, because you introduced them to me, I love to use your shading technique. Thanks again for another great and very informative video. 🙂

  4. This page is so springy and lovely – I love crocuses! I think this is the first page I’ve seen you create where you didn’t color the edges, but with the white from the gel plate print, it works out perfectly!

  5. I have many flower stamps and your “year in flowers“ art journal inspiries me to get them all out and also start a journal with them.

  6. I absolutely love your journals they’re gorgeous! You have inspired me to try making my own. Thank you!

  7. Your artwork is always inspirational, Vicky! I especially enjoy your creations using the Altenew stamps. The crocus page in your flower journal is so colorful and I’m inspired to try making my own colors of cardstock using the gel plate. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  8. I love your art journal videos. The year in flowers is a great idea. Thank You for the inspiration

  9. Your awesome journals have inspired me to start one of my own, using the disc system. The punch you use and the discs are not too expensive and I love the idea that you can work on the page separately from the journal. Originally, it was supposed to be all watercolor, but since I can create my own pages it also includes colored pencil, alcohol ink, pen & ink with watercolor1
    I love this flower journal you’re creating and think this crocus page is beautiful along with the others. Creating the background and then stamping the other layers of the flowers is a great idea!

  10. New to this and am blown away by all your techniques, ideas and beautiful designs. Very inspiring; it gave me some ideas of how to use all the supplies I have been purchasing, and not using! Thank you.

  11. i realy love your chanel, but my favorite is your art journal. Please continue to make some . 🙂

  12. Gorgeous cover for your beautiful journal! Love the Crocus flowers and the vivid colors you used!

  13. I am ready to give this a try. Just ordered the paint! Your color designs are so vivid and always enjoy your videos! I have learned so much – thanks Vicky!

  14. Love your layout for the crocus!! Your A Year in Flowers art journal is a fabulous idea!

  15. Thank you for once again featuring the gel plate! Some good info about using it (like being mindful of the paint used and how it works). Beautiful page. I recently finished a mixed media canvas project and incorporated into it paper piecing, which was really fun to do and I like the way it came out. I also — for the first time — did white platters!!! It really worked well on the page. Thank you, Vicky, for all you teach as well as the inspiration and encouragement. I enjoy this series very much.

  16. Vicky – I must say that I love to watch your creativeness takeoff it’s such an inspiration to me. I usually start with a color or paper, do you have a favorite thing that starts your projects?
    Just love to watch you get inspired. Keep up the lovely work.

  17. I am enjoying your flower art journal. I always am interested to see what you create. Love the crocus stamp set. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. I’m enjoying the progress your making in your Year in Flowers journal with Altenew’s beautiful floral stamps! The stamp set is really gorgeous! I really like watching you use the Gel Press- that may be something to add to my collection!

  19. As usual, your work is beautiful! The page for your art journal is gorgeous. There are so many great ideas and techniques that I will be able to use when making cards. Th3 idea of using flowers for eachpag3 in your journal is great!

  20. I love watching your videos creating these art journal pages, they’re so beautiful and inspiring.

  21. Vicky – such a beautiful page (as always). I love watching your videos. When I see one in my inbox I have to open it right away.
    Thanks for the tip of punching the side holes in the pages for the disc bound holes. I will be trying this technique as I don’t have that punch.

  22. Loving your flower journal, it will be so fun to see a flip through when it is complete!

  23. Beautiful journal page. I love crocus flowers and your page. You are an awesome inspiration. Thank you.

  24. Crocus’s are one of my favorite flowers. Put them with your flower journal pages and you have an absolute hit. Love the page as always.

  25. As soon as you said “gel plate” I had to watch your video because I never know what to do with my gel plate. I love what you made and ordered the paints. I failed to read the whole thing and did not get the 15% discount. Augh!!!

  26. Beautiful stamp set and beautiful floral art journal page. Looking forward to watching your video this evening, it’s my “bedtime” treat!

  27. Watching your videos just makes me want to dig out everything and start working in my journals! Altenew designs such incredibly beautiful flowers and your hands and ideas just brings them to life! Thanks again for another beautiful page, Vicki!

  28. I’ve added these acrylic paints to my wish list after seeing your journal pages. I love the definitions you include with each flower.

  29. Vicky this journal page is spectacularly beautiful in my humble opinion!! I haven’t seen a gel plate used very often but when I do I am blown away by the looks you can get with them. You have inspired me to look around to find one that is somewhat affordable. For a beginner, can you tell me what size would be best? Thanks for the video as I am a visual learner.

  30. WOWZERS! I love your crocus journal page, especially the geli plate technique to color the crocus, I love having the color go to the edges!

  31. I love watching you create! These flower stamps from Altenew are beauty, you have inspired me to do a year in flowers journal too! Something to look forward too on the gloomy days in Oregon!

  32. Your crocus page is really lovely and I thank you for showing a mistake and how to correct it! Sometimes we crafters need to be reminded that even the ‘artists’ make mistakes too.

  33. Hi Vicky, you make such stunning design with crocus flower. Thank you for sharing your ideas. You show us many possibilities using these stamps. Thank you.

  34. Love the crocus they are so pretty. Also love watching you paint, you teach me a lot by my watching.

  35. Your journal page is so beautiful! I especially like the bright blue background and the texture you added.

  36. Your colors for the Crocus are beautiful . I am subscribed to the Build-a-flowers monthly and love them all. Hope I can color a pretty card . I love this flower.

  37. Thanks for all the inspiration and also very importantly showing the ‘hack’. It’s very important as we all at some time make a mistake and need to figure out how to work around it. Thank you!

  38. Amazing art journal page as always! I really love the colors you used and you have been Gelli printing so much you have inspired me to go out and buy one myself. I can’t wait to play around with some paint. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win the giveaway! Have an amazing day! ~Ashley?~

  39. Beautiful card, I love the subtle colors and what a great “sentiment” the definition of Crocus.

  40. Vicky, your technique for mixing colors adds such an artistic look to this beautiful Crocus collection.

  41. The crocus is a special sight here in Montana as it brings hope of an end to a long, snowy winter 🙂 I love the page you made today; it is so cheerful. After watching the last video, P for Poppy, and now this one, I couldn’t wait any longer; I ordered a gel plate and the box of Arteza paints! Thank you for inspiring so many with your beautiful artwork.

  42. Lovely art journal; those flowers are beautiful! Thanks so much for inspiration, my hands are itching to do art journaling now!

  43. Amazing painting!! I love the different colors. I have seen a few videos lately using a gel plate. The possibilities are endless with it!! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!!

  44. Vicky, love your Year of Flowers Journal and this page is beautiful. The Crocus against the blue background is gorgeous!

  45. Your Art Journal Page is stunning! I love this crocus — it’s so unique and beautiful.

  46. I love your art journal pages. These flowers are so lovely. Thanks for always giving us inspiration!

  47. Beautiful page Vicky. I am very much enjoying seeing you use the paints on your pages. This crocus flower has such realistic details, it is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing!
    T x

  48. This is stunning with the bold blue bg!!! Gorgeous card and am loving the new BAF: Crocus set!
    Beverly Jordan
    @jordanbev5 IG

  49. Your art journal of flowers is so beautiful. I am teaching myself art journaling because I love the freeness of creating something that is unique and that is exactly what shows in your art journaling. Thanks for the inspiration Vicky. Keep up the beautiful work that you do and share with all of us.

  50. Another beautiful page! I don’t know how Altenew keeps coming up with more layering stamps, each one is so detailed.

  51. Love seeing another page in your year of flowers journal…..and the crocuses are just beautiful! Interesting to see you use the gelli plate for this one, a technique I must try! Thanks for the inspiration, Vicky!

  52. What you created is simply beautiful and very colorful. Made me smile saying. Love your background. Great new release.

  53. Vicky, I’m really loving your “Year in Flowers journal “. I think it’s absolutely awesome and I do love how you used this gorgeous new stamp set. After watching your last two pages, a gelli plate is definitely on my wish list!

  54. This is so pretty! Where can we find the rest of your beautiful flower pages?! This makes me want to buy acrylic paint so badly!

  55. Very beautiful and your video is amazing. I learned so much. I loved watching you create that background. Thank you!

  56. This is such a pretty page and the flowers are beautiful. Watching the page come together is so satisfying.

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