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Arting-Up Your Journal

Journaling has always been important to me. I may forget for stretches of time, but I always land back between the crinkly blank pages; daring me to write or draw.
Then one day I realized if the pages weren't blank I might find it easier to start writing, thus I began altering the black pages (in no real order). 
Let me share the supplies and steps I took to Art-Up my Journal.


Supply List:

Easy peasy. Let's get going...
Here is my Journal cover I made; just for fun:

The Splash Inks are fabulous for water coloring. The set comes with Magenta, Blue, Yellow, and Black. It also includes a card of Recipes for color mixing. So accurate and so many combinations. This set is staying in my basic toolbox from now on.

So I chose a few colors and dropped them from my Pipettes  into the Paint Pots with Lids.
I started with a traditional paintbrush, then I realized the ease of the Aqua-Flo Water Brushes were for me.
I splattered some drops, let them dry for a sec, and then went crazy with my brushes.

Seriously went to town with the color; so therapeutic.

A close-up of the details.
Let some drip down the pages.

Now I need to use the Muse Hollywood Movies Rubber Stamp Set 
I cut out the pieces I wanted to use.
I placed two of them on my acrylic block, used the brush to add watercolor to the stamps. 
Then I used the pattern around the journal page as a colorful watermark; or drop shadow.
Then I added the Stazon Ink to the stamps and stamped over the watercolor images.

Finally, I added a random colored watermark with my third stamp from the set.

A close-up of our Arted-Up Journal.
Here we are; ready to journal. Now that didn't hurt did it?
Thank you for letting me share my studio fun and don't forget to check back each day for new inspiration from the awesomest Design Team ever!!
Ciao for now,
-Trish Alger

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