Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Don't Be Afraid to Sparkle" Art Journal Pages

Don't be afraid to Sparkle!

I love that phrase! I think everyone should be allowed to sparkle if they want. This is the left side page of a double page spread in my art journal. If you have visited my blog before, you have  probably noticed that I just love the Doll Stamps from Prima and designer, Julie Nuttingl. When I get an idea for a project using my stamps, I usually like to try them out, before stamping on my project.  That is one reason I purchased my art journal.

This page was started shortly after I purchased my PanPastel artist chalks and Faber-Castell Gelatos. I started making circles with the Gelatos and then blending them with a little water and my finger. I filled both sides of the double-page with circles of various sizes and colors. Then using the PanPastel chalks I shaded around the edges of the pages and in between the circles.  Several weeks later, I purchased a couple of clear stamp sets from Paper Wings Productions; Sparkle Sayings and the Stars and Sparkles.  Using Majestic Blue Versafine Ink I stamped the stars and sparkles around the pages, and the word phrases in the empty areas. When the ink was dry, I used the multi-sparkle Gel Pen to highlight the stars and sparkles. The larger sparkles were highlighted with Starry Night Stickles and Mermaid Glitz Stickles. I stamped a tiara and colored with Silver stickles on one of the large circles.

 Several days later I found a sheet of scrapbook paper in my stash, that had the giant Gerbera Daisies printed on it, and the centers were glittered. I cut out a few of them and used Gel Medium to adhere them to the page. I let that dry for several days, with weight on the book to keep the pages from warping. When I was chosen to participate in the Prima Doll Blog Hop, I stamped one of the Doll Stamps on the left page, with the Gelato circle masked, so it would look like the doll was standing behind it.

Stay tuned for page two (2) blog post to follow. Thank you for stopping by today!


  1. This is just gorgeous, Mindy!! I love how you used the gelatos!! The colors are fabulous!! The way you highlighted the sparkles looks amazing!! Love this my friend!! Can't wait for page 2!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Where has this saying been all my life! I love the idea of not being afraid to "Sparkle". Your journal pages are wonderful and what a great way to practice with your stamps and new art supplies. Happy Creative Hearts...

  3. Wonderful journal page with the fun elements and love the phrase you used :)

  4. This is gorgeous! I love the softness of the circles :)

    Best crafty wishes!
    Staying Crafty

  5. Hi Mindy! Beautiful art journal page :D

  6. How fun! Love those whimsical circles!

  7. Great background , really compliments the doll.
    Carol b