Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Golden Days Art Journal

      Hello and happy Wednesday! I'm back with an art journal page reflecting these Golden August Days, which have been pretty hot here in Reno, Nevada! 

     I took inspiration from the gorgeous August Mood Board at Art Daily Cafe.

     The brown background of a hill was transferred from a magazine using Prima Soft Matte Gel, and was the very first step. Then I stamped some script with the Script Background Stamp from Red Rubber Designs. Wanting to use one of the new Finnabair Stencils, I chose the Oriental Wall, and applied Prima Heavy White Gesso to it. Once dry, I painted a light yellow wash over the whole page with Art Alchemy Paints, mixing (Pure Sunshine, Dragon's Eye, and White Pearl). The sun rays were then embossed with the Rays of Hope stamp, using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, before painting the rest of the page. But because I added that clear embossing powder, and also embossed the leafy flourish with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) EP, it smudged the design where the two embossing powders met. Had I known, I would've just stamped it with black ink. Lesson learned. Lol!

     To paint the rest of the background, I used Art Alchemy Paints (Pure Sunshine, Dragon's Eye, Ginger Magic, and Fresh Orange). Then I went over the stenciling with Finnabair Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold). 

     Some of the bundles of wheat were stamped with Ranger Archival (Potting Soil) Ink, and the rest were embossed with Emerald Creek (Ancient Amber) Baked Texture. The sunflowers were embossed with Ranger Distress Embossing Powder (Walnut Stain) using the My Sunshine Stamp from Red Rubber Designs. Then I added Finnabair Mini Art Stones to the centers with Soft Matte Gel for some texture. Again I used Art Alchemy Paints to paint them (Pure Sunshine, Fresh Orange, Rustic Brown, Red Wine, Ginger Magic, Golden Moss, and Fairy Wings), and went over the centers with Finnabair Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold). Wanting more sparkle, I added Stickles (Golden Rod).

     The tag is made from muslin, and had been in my stash for awhile now. It was colored with Distress Spray Stains (Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber). Then I embossed it with the Finnabair (Rust & Dust) Stamp using Ranger Distress Embossing Powders (Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany). The 8, for August, was done with the Tim Holtz (Numbered) Stencil, using Finnabair Rust Effect Pastes (Red and Brown) with a touch of Wax (Vintage Gold). The calendar page was stamped with a Prima Stamp from 2009, which just happens to align for 2020. I highlighted the 11th, for my 19th wedding anniversary, with Stickles (Golden Rod), also added to the butterflies and bees, embossed with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) EP, using the Finnabair (Rust & Dust) Stamp for the butterflies, and the Be Fabulous Unmounted Stamp from Red Rubber Designs for the bees. 

      Thanks for looking, and take care! 


Challenges Entered:

Art Daily Cafe ~ August Mood Board

Try it on Tuesday ~ Words or Numbers

Art Journal Journey ~ Pockets and Tags

The Artistic Stamper ~ August Anything Goes

Let's Craft and Create ~ #162 Lots of Layers

Mix It Up ~ #40 Anything Goes + Embossing


  1. Lovely texture and gorgeous sunflowers! This page is perfect for this hot August. Even here in New Hampshire it is hot. Love the tag and it is perfect for Art Journal Journey and Alison's challenge. Thanks for linking up Drea. Hugs-Erika

  2. A beautiful summer page, the sun flowers look lovely and I like how you have the tag
    nestled among them.
    Thank you for linking with Alisons theme at Art Journal Journey and with us at TioT's.

  3. A beautiful summery page! Thanks for joining my theme at AJJ.
    Alison xx

  4. Oh Drea this is an absolutely beautiful work of art! Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Mix It Up!
    Mix It Up
    Please stop by for a visit.

  5. What a beautiful piece of art you have made for our delight. I love how you started off with a magazine transfer and built up such a pleasing design as this. The sunflowers add that touch of "zing" to the whole page.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  6. This definitely a Summer Dream! I love the sunflowers but best of all is that beautiful background! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisxx

  7. Gorgeous journal page, love all the texture and layers and the inspiration that has inspired you to create your page. Beautiful sunflowers. Thanks for joining us for our challenge this month at Let's Craft & Create and good luck, Michelle - DT x

  8. Wonderful project, thanks so much for joining us at TIOT, Valerie

  9. A beautiful page! The summery colours against the stencilled background with those happy sun flowers are gorgeous - love this 😊. Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! Take care and happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  10. This is a stunning page. Just love all the texture.Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

  11. A wonderful journal page!!! Nice idea to design it that way. fabulous!
    Take care and happy week!
    Greetings Elke

  12. What a super art journal page chock full of different textures and lots of colour and the stenciling in the background is a great part of that texture. Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

  13. What a wonderful summer journal page Drea. I love how you've used the Oriental Wall stencil in the background behind the cheery sunflowers. Thank you for joining in with our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog xx