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Art journal page Celebrate Life with Simple Stories Love & Adore paper

Art journal: Celebrate Life

This cheerful art journal page was created with transparent acrylic paint, scrapbooking paper and a little stenciling. I used Love & Adore 6x6 paper pad by Simple Stories. It was great fun making this page and it didn't take too much time. I love the simplicity of this page and the vibrant, fruity colors. To see how I made this mixed media layout, click the link to Youtube time lapse video tutorial at the end of this page.


- white paper for pencil drawing, 120 g/m2
- stencil with small circles
- pink and yellow transparent acrylic paint (mine is made by Flying Tiger, which is a Danish brand, but you can use any transparent paint you like, for example Distress paints by Tim Holtz)
- sponge daubers or make-up sponges for spreding paint
- patterned scrapbooking paper (I used Love & Adore 6x6 paper pad by Simple Stories)
- glue stick
- black Sharpie or other marker that writes on acrylic paint
- water soluble black marker for shadowing
- white texture paste / effect paste (I used Creabox Marabu effect paste)
- black permanent pigment marker 0.1 - 0.2
- alphabet stamps and black ink (I used Archival ink)


I started with making some pink circles with a stencil. While the paint was drying I tore a couple of pieces from scrapbooking paper (Love & Adore / Simple Stories) and glued them down to the bottom corners. I diluted my transparent acrylic paints with water to be even more transparent and to be of lighter shade. Then I mixed yellow and pink together and spred all over the surface to unify the page. I drew an arch using an old plate and glued down six small paper flags on the mixed media background and added some circles with white texture paste. Finally, I added the title and a scribbled frame. Remember to clean your stencil immediately after use with warm water and let everything dry before you go on to the next step! Acrylic paints dry really fast.

Watch a Youtube timelapse video tutorial (length 5:36) on the process of how to make this page:

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