Darker Art Journals plus a Happily Ever After layout

Hi everyone, JJ here.   When we were challenged to show some of our art journal pages this month, I was a little worried about what I would post.  My art journals are used as a way to work through things, either techniques (so it looks like random messes on the pages) or thoughts (which tend to be pretty personal, and sometimes there is a lot of cussing).     So here are a couple of pages that are a little darker than what some of my team mates have posted (although, no cussing… ha ha!)

I collaged some book pages and scraps on this page, then sprayed with Chalkboard mist in Firefly, Inchworm and Charcoal, using a Glimmer Screen from the Bold Borders set.  I also used stamps from the Rockin’ Renaissance, Architectural Trims and Timeless Romance sets.

I used a drafting template to add circles of Glimmer Glam in Private Meadow.

I also added Pewter Glimmer Glaze as accents around the frame, and in a few other places.

For this second page, I started out with a background of Chalkboard mist in Sprout and Apricot Nectar, and Mel’s Diner Glimmer Mist.  Once those were dry, I stenciled over top with Bell Bottom Glimmer Mist.

I die cut wings from a piece of burlap from Canvas Corp, which I brightened with a little gesso, then coated with Chandelier Glimmer Glam (it’s hard to capture the glittery effect in a photo, but it sparkles).

I used stamps from the Architectural Trims and Chillin’ stamp sets, and highlighted the circles with Midnight Rendezvous Glimmer Glaze.

I also highlighted a few areas with Oil Slick Glimmer Glaze.

Now to something much lighter, both visually and in subject matter – a wedding layout.  This is a shot from my own wedding (that’s me, second from the left).  Yup – we had a renaissance themed wedding!

I started this layout with a gorgeous piece of silkscreened Hambly paper, which works like a resist paper with Glimmer Mists!  I sprayed the background with Old Lace, Cranberry Zing and Vanilla Breeze.

I painted the flowers with Glimmer Mist in Cranberry Zing, Tattered Rose and Pearl, and the leaves with Sweet Clover, Forest Green and Pearl.  The Pearl mist adds a little extra shimmer, which is perfect for a wedding layout.   I tinted the Tattered Trinkets key with Pewter Glimmer Glaze, to make it a darker silver.

I love using Tattered Angels products on chipboard.  I primed this piece from Dusty Attic with gesso, then painted it with Glimmer Glaze in Oil Slick and Pewter.

Thanks for stopping by – don’t forget to come back and see what the rest of the team has created in their art journals and their wedding projects!

JJ Sobey


10 Responses to “Darker Art Journals plus a Happily Ever After layout”

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  1. Amanda says:

    Love the burlap as the wings! Cute idea.

  2. Mandy C says:

    Like the way you add texture to your journal pages JJ

  3. Peg Hewitt says:

    I love that your journal pages are so personal, so beautiful, and so meaningful. Thanks so much for sharing them!
    Your wedding page is just glorious, The colour palette is devine and I so love your outfits!

  4. Love your journal pages!!! What a fabulous wedding layout…so pretty ;)

  5. Nat says:

    Oh what a gorgeous bride you are. Love the wedding laoyut and those grungy journal pages!!!

  6. jan m says:

    Gorgeous color combinations and graphic designs!!

  7. Jamie D. says:

    JJ Your journal is moving and beautiful!!!

  8. Patricia K. says:

    amazing layering on your art journal pages! And I love the soft look of your wedding layout!

  9. Holly says:

    I love your art journal pages! I think it is so fabulous when art journals can be about real life, both the good and the bad. Incredible. Gorgeous layout as well. Love all the colors. Beautiful.