art journal | ’19 -’20 flip thru

hello there! ☼

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a peek into my art journal. Today features the debut of my current journal on the blog. It’s especially dear to my heart since I stitched it together myself.

Isn’t the olive green gorgeous? And the gold embossing adds charm and a vintage flair to the whole thing.


Ars gratia artis means “art for the sake of art” in Latin. I thought it to be an appropriate start to an art journal.


Featuring tracing paper, parchment paper, tissue paper, and more paper!


And yet, more paper!


The left features a very old newspaper and the right a picture from a more recent magazine.


The lovely lady on the left comes from a book of John Singer Sargent’s paintings. Her old-fashioned, yet charming demeanor melds with the eclectic blue background. Both backgrounds were created with a paint brayer.


I love collecting paper, especially those from unusual sources. It adds such character and dynamic to any art spread.


On the left, I used moved around acrylic paint and alcohol ink with a heat tool to create a paint splatter effect. The right features a transparent insert made of tracing paper.



I decided to try a different, more minimal approach here with only a black paint marker as my writing utensil.



I love the image of this warrior woman with the beautiful script.


This quote, by Jane Austen, was recommended to me by a friend. I drew florals on the left side with a black paint marker to provide a softer contrast to the harsh nature of the mountains.


I used a stencil I made the create the understated background of scales. Together with the striped kraft paper and the clouds and the paint swashes, it represents a whole range of textures.


Equally as minimal as a few previous ones, this takes a step into a softer aesthetic. I love the calmness of the piece.


I truly enjoyed creating these spreads. There is something cathartic about creating art and using it to represent parts of one’s life.

I’d love to hear from you! Do you art journal? What was your favorite spread? Leave me a note in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “art journal | ’19 -’20 flip thru

  1. oh. my. goodness.
    Gaby. 😍
    I do not art journal. But now I really want to.

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