Art Journal Page 2

All I can say is, “AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH”! This is not as easy as I thought it would be, even with Tammy from Daisy Yellows great suggestions. Just to recap, yesterday’s page (page 1) was too thought out and not free enough. So for today, I decided to try to let myself go and enjoy the process, which is what art journaling is all about. Well I did that and I HATE the result. I think I tried so hard not to do what I usually do, that there is a rigidity in the opposite direction. Does that make sense? Anyway, this journal page is not me or my style at all. BUT, I did learn some things which will help in the future.

page2-1First, I decided to use Tammy’s Day #1 promt. Each of her prompts has six words to guide your page. The words for this page were:

Cadmium Yellow Medium



Tea Bag



Now, being the genius I am, I first had to look up what the heck Cadmium Yellow and Vermilion are. Basically I came up with mustard yellow and dried blood red. I decided to use water color paper and water colors since I don’t usually use them.



I should have just stopped here. This is when the page looked its best. Then I followed her directions to add some words, and images and more paints and doodles and whatever. Then this wonderful background became this…



I’m actually embarrassed to even show it, but I promised. The only good thing about this train wreck is that I learned some stuff.

1. Water color paper takes a very long time to dry

2.Water color paper curls up and must be pressed a lot

3. My sharpie marker works better than my black paint pens


So, that being said, I’m off to work on page 3, with yet a little more knowledge. I hope some of you have tried art journaling, even if it’s just making doodles in a notebook. This is certainly stretching me in many ways, but I am enjoying the learning process!




  1. Camilla Prewitt

    Helen, you are being too hard on yourself. This page is perfect just what an art journal is all about. I love it! You learned something and used a new medium and just experimented. I hope you had fun in the process!

  2. Christina

    Helen, don’t beat yourself up. We all have projects that don’t come out exactly the way that we wanted. I have found that when i walk away from those pieces, and then come back after I have had some time away, and I can view the piece with new eyes. Sometime I think of ways to alter it – GESSO is a girls’ best friend after all, or I may find that I absolutely fall in love with it. Either way, just let yourself relax into the process, and before you know it, you will be blowing yourself away by what awesomeness will pour out of you!!
    Hang in there!! I can’t wait to see day three’s page!!!

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