Mini Art Journal Page by Mandy Chilvers


We welcome an old friend (not old as in age!) back to the blog today. Mandy was on our DT a couple of years ago and we are delighted that she is our October guest designer.

Items used:

3d Foam  


Prep your journal page surface with gesso, give it a blast with the heat tool. Gesso generally dries pretty quickly.

Using the black Archival ink stamp the text stamp towards the upper right side of the page and some on the lower left and the circles to the mid left and also on the bottom right.

Also, stamp the circles onto some spare white card, also using the black Archival ink. Use your acrylic paint and paint over the page, making sure you leave the circles white. I have mixed the acrylics on the page whilst painting until I’m happy with the result.

Dilute some of the gesso and add some splatters over the page.

Add some texture paste around the page, mine is on the top right and bottom left, paint over with the turquoise acrylic. * this step could be done before painting the page in the first place. *

Colour your circles. I used watercolour pencils, but any colouring you like is ok. Colour the circles on the card as well.

I then used a black fineliner to add some stripes around the circles.

 I decided which circles I wanted to have 3d, cut them out and used 3d foam pads to add dimension. I didn’t 3d all of the circles, just  4 of them.

I added shadow around the circles using a dark blue watercolour pencil.

Using a piece of Cut and Dry and the Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I edged the page, as well as over some of the texture paste dots.

Choose a set of words from the sticker book of ‘small talk’ and adhere. 


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  1. Stunning page, beautiful colours, really striking
    Donna xx

  2. Fabulous page Mandy and great to see you back here again.
    Fliss xx

  3. beautifully done! an inspiring page! xo

  4. Such fun to see how you brought your lovely design to life Mandy!
    This is wonderful and the words are so spot on too.


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