Thursday, March 17, 2016

Step by Step Journal Process

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” 
― Walt Disney CompanyMulan

Most times when working in my journal I just start spreading down paint...not really having a direction...just letting my mind wander...waiting to see where it takes me. 

This page started out a bit different.

This is the last week of our Mind.Body.Soul "Take Three Challenge" and Sherry's challenge this week was to use stencils and paint and the Word FRAGILE. 

Stencils and paint are my art journal staples so I was excited!

I began with four stencil and three colors, using a make-up sponge to apply. I did swipe my pages with gesso before starting.

The Word Fragile, however was not a word I felt very inspired by.
I was equating the Word with being weak and scared...topics I don't usually cover in my journals.

Next I added some book pages, pattern paper and neon pink paint around the edges. I also added one more stencil:)

But the more I built my background the more my mind let go. 
I began thinking about my vintage girls...the angels in particular.
I use wings with my "girls" more times than not so I grabbed these and glued them down.

As I cut each image out I thought about my sweet, kind and very talented daughter, Emma.
She had said something to me just a week ago that was beautiful...

"Mom, you know I have two angels that watch over me and one of them 
is Grandma A."

After I laid the girls down I took my black and white gel pens and added a few doodles/outlines.
I then thought about ALL my sweet daughter has been through the past four years and how HARD she has worked to HEAl and then it came to me...

"My fragile heart is given strength by the wings of others."

My thoughts were pouring out of me as I stamped a few images
on the background for depth and shaded each angel-girl.

I have always been inspired by this gorgeous girl...this time around I put wings on her.  She represents Emma.

I first stenciled the wings with gold then used a stabilo pencil and white gel pen to highlight

Here are my finished pages.

Stop by my FB group for MORE fun challenges!! Mind.Body. Soul. 


  1. Such fun and colorful journal pages! Love all the stencil work and images! Thanks for joining along with the MMMC :)

  2. I really love the sentiment behind your page and the colours you used are wonderful! Thanks so much for joining in our Crazy for Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! xx Anne DT

  3. Wonderful art journal spread with such yummy colours and great stencil work! Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DTx

  4. Lovely, colouful pages ! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  5. Thank you for sharing all the thoughts behind your pages. They are beautiful! I'm so glad you joined us at Mixed Media Monthly. =)

  6. WOW Leslie, the pages and story are so uplifting and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing Love Love Love!!!

  7. This is so beautiful! I believe in angels! Lovely words from your daughter!

  8. Such a beautiful journal spread and I love the meaning behind it. :)

  9. Fabulous page with lots of great stenciling and a wonderful sentiment to go with your vintage images. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  10. Gorgeous pages! I love how you used the stencils. Thanks for joining us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  11. Wonderful journal spread, fabulous to see the process of layer upon layer that you've used. Thankyou for sharing this with us over at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

  12. Beautiful journal page - the story you tell with the pictures and your words is wonderful! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  13. Beautiful art journal pages. Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  14. Fabulous project!! I adore the colours you used! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

  15. what a gorgeous page! i love how you colored in the black and white images. and such a beautiful quote. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!



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