Paper Craftin with Erica

Art Journal – Lesson 5 and Lesson 6

The topic for Lesson 5, in Art Journaling class by Marit, was Journaling.  I loved how it turned out although I didn't do much.  The background is Amberly Grace patterned paper from The Angel Company.  The tags used were also from the Amberly Grace collection.  The chipboard letters are glittery.  I inked edges and added some metal embellishments.


I chose to write my favorite quotes by Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi.  As the "great soul" I am truly inspired by him.  For my journaling, I used the long and narrow style from Marit's examples.

Lesson 6 in class was Gesso.  I have never used it before and I was so excited to use the Gesso, but I had problems with it.  It doesn't have the texture that I expected it to (despite the fact that other classmates had a great texture affect).


I mixed pink paint with Gesso and painted the whole thing.  Then I sponged some yellow in a few places.  I added the embellishments and sponged more pink over them.  After it dried, I painted some crackle paint on the live, laugh, love and a couple flowers.  Then I sprinkled glitter and microbeads over the whole thing.  I'll have to try this one again!

Enjoy!!  **HUGS**

4 comments… add one
  • Diane Davies March 5, 2010, 2:46 pm

    I have been watching your journal progress and it looks like so much fun. I had to comment on this one because the blue and green one really stood out to me. So pretty! And girl, you’ve got GREAT handwriting.

  • Amy Beaver March 5, 2010, 5:51 pm

    I am doing one of these too! So great, LOVE yours!

  • Marit March 7, 2010, 6:07 am

    I love both of the pages Erica! The “Ghandi” is my fave though.. love all the journaling on the tags! Next time, try to add some heavy gel medium to the gesso, or use “items” in it (like twines or breads) to give it more texture. There’s also “thick” gesso but I don’t know if & where you can buy that in the USA…

  • Danielle March 10, 2010, 10:31 am

    You know I love these!!!! You kick ass, you know it!! I am so happy you are enjoying the class!!

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