Art Journal: Experienced workmen

Art Journal: See possibility everywhere

It's not often that I make masculine themed art journal pages but for some reason I was inspired to make this page in my art journal. I suppose it's also to do with the fact I got those Tim Holtz paper doll packs and there a bunch of masculine images in there and it prompted me to use one. Also perhaps, when doing free association art journaling, my dad popped up in my mind. Art journaling definitely helps me through this grief process and while he may not be here anymore to celebrate father's day with, which is this weekend, he will be always in my heart. And thus I also dedicate this page to men whom worked hard all their life and see possibility in every turn.

Art Journal: See possibility everywhere

I started this page on watercolor paper by strathmore and used some Cosmic Shimmer pixie powder in emerald green which I already mixed with water and sprayed over the page. Then when that dried, I scraped some transparent texture paste through the Diamond Dance Stencil by Terri Stegmiller over the page that then dried would show through the deep emerald color and keep that under layer safe. I added some pewter pixie powder for some darker aria's and traced the shapes with first a black posca pen and then a white one. More texture with stamping mixed media stamps from VLVS! and AALL and Create. Some fine gold and white gouache splatters and created the border with the black and white posca pen. The image is popped up with some foam dots and he is grounded by washi tape. I created a shadow around him using stabilo all pencil and faber castell pitt pens.

Art Journal: See possibility everywhere
The sentiment is put together with Tim Holtz sentiment and chit chat stickers. I found the gold lettering on white too light so I traced it with a sakura pigma extra fine liner.

Art Journal: See possibility everywhere

The texture paste (which is semi glossy) resisted the other water soluble mediums and kept the brightness in the diamond shapes and the pewter pixie powder gave them more shadow and dimension on the page. And I love how these paper dolls have such a beautiful sepia tone that when you use a bright cool color tone under them, they just pop from the page as well. Definitely like how this page came together. 

Would love to share this journal page in the following challenges: 

(Inspired by my hard working dad and all fathers/men in general really) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!


  1. A marvelous page Cheetarah! Awesome! And such a lovely honour to your Daa! Thank you very much for joining our new theme over at Try It On Tuesday with this unique project and for linking to Art Journal Journey as well ! So mMuch appreciated!
    Your art is always such a pleasure to look at!

  2. Like you, I have also found those TH paper dolls have a lot of men in their packs. This one is so sophisticated and portly. Your use of stencils for the background brought this journal page to life. It's a great entry, beautifully executed, and nicely colored. So glad you chose to share it with us at Art Journal Journey.

  3. Fantastic page. I love the colours and textures and little details like the white doodling.
    Thank you so much for sharing what inspired you and joining in at AJJ.
    Gill x

  4. Such a wonderful page and a lovely tribute to you dear father! I love the richness of the background colour and all the lovely details that you created 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! J 😊

  5. A fabulous male themed journal page and a lovely tribute to your father.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  6. A wonderful masculine journal page,
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday
    Avril x

  7. wonderful page! I adore the colors you used for your background and I am an addicted to Paper Dolls! Great work! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  8. absolutely gorgeous page - I love the colours - great layering and texture - fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges this month and good luck! Hugs rachel x


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