Art Journal Express #20: Video Tutorial “Make Art” Art Journal Page


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.

Art Journal Express 20: "Make Art" Art Journal Page Close Up

Whew! I can’t believe another week is over – time seems to be flying at a breakneck pace.  So much creating I want to do, so little time!

I actually was actually feeling pretty happy this week because I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in my studio.  Registration for the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Cards 2014 class yesterday over on Paper Crafter’s Library has been going strong so I decided to start working on another online class – this time one that focuses on some mixed media techniques for card makers.  I’m pretty excited about the cards I’ve been coming up with and look forward to being able to share some sneaks with you maybe next week.

Last week I also launched a new feature on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog called Keep it CASual – a video series focusing on Clean and Simple Card Making.  I was a card maker long before I was an art journaler and my favourite style of cards has always been clean and simple.  I love bright colours and lots of white space – which if you’ve seen my art journal pages then you’ll know that I tend towards applying that to my art as well – with just a touch of messy/grungy.

Art Journal Express #20: "Make Art" Art  Journal Page Single Page by Andrea Walford

Today’s art journal page was actually inspired by some new supplies I purchased this week from our local art supply store – Liquitex Professional Spray Paint.

If you’ve watched some of my other Art Journal Express Videos then you’ve probably seen me use the black spray paint.  I had a can of the black spray paint and white spray paint.  I loved using these spray paints so much that I decided to buy a bunch more colours!  It works out to about $10.75 CAN per can but as you see in the video the cans are BIG – so it feels like a good investment.

Art Journal Express #20: "Make Art" Art Journal Page by Andrea Walford - close up 2

Pretty much from the minute I bought the paints I knew that I wanted to use them with one of my 12″ x 12″ Crafter’s Workshop templates – the question of course was which one (I have lots!).  I finally settled on the Fragmented Flower stencil because it had a lot of “space” – I wanted BIG blocks of colour on my page.

There’s actually a funny story about how I ended up with that sentiment for my page because that was NOT my original plan.  I was thinking of having a big script-y quote that said “Live Life in Color” – but because of a little mishap my page evolved very differently from how I had originally pictured it. I share that story in the video.

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


Fragmented Flower Stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop); Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Cadmium Orange Hue, Medium Magenta, Brilliant Yellow Green, Phthalocyanine Green 7 Blue Shade, Carbon Black Professional Spray Paint (Liquitex); Postal Stickers (7 Gypsies); Royal Script Stamp (Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous); PITT Artist Pen M (Faber-Castell); packaging from canvas “art” letters (Prima); Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger); black thread, sequins (other)

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.

Art Journal Express #19: "Make Art" Art Journal Page by Andrea Walford - Double Page picture

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!


  1. Jen Dally says

    I just LOVE this page. Thanks so much for the video tutorial. I love being able to see how it all comes together.

  2. Donna says

    I’m relatively new to stenciling with inks & paints. Seems when I spray, the ink or paint seeps under the stencil creating a mess. It almost looks like the Liquitex spray paint you use isn’t as “juicy” as inks. Does the Liquitex spray more “neatly”? Thanks!

    • andreaw says

      HI Donna – for best stencilling results I have found a couple things to be helpful:

      1. Make sure your stencil is clipped or taped to your page so that it lays as close against the page as possible.
      2. Don’t overspray – there is a delicate balance between spraying enough and spraying too much – comes with practice.
      3. If working with ink sprays (not acrylic paint like I used) It helps to keep a roll of paper towels handy to blot the excess.

      That said, I have found that some mediums lead to less seepage than others. Of all the different mists, sprays, inks and paints I’ve tried I’ve had the best success with the Liquitex professional spray paints.

      • Donna says

        Thank you so much for your helpful suggestions! I’m going to try them and may even experiment with the Liquitex.

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