Thursday, February 11, 2016

Please welcome Art Girl Bobbi!

Please join me in welcoming Bobbi Smith to the Art Girl team! 
I have followed her for years and LOVE her work and her journal page made me squeal! 
It is absolutely stunning! 
Thank you Bobbi for sharing your amazing art journal page and inspiring us to go play! 

 Hi everyone, Bobbi here with you today!  I've got a fun journal spread to share.  I love spending time in my art journal.  It's where I like to try out new techniques, new color combinations and new styles.
To start with I used the 6x8 Inky Art Journal.
 I applied a thin layer of white gesso to my journal pages and let air dry.  I die cut a large butterfly using manila cardstock and a Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die.  I wanted my butterfly to have movement when you opened the page.  I folded my butterfly in half and secured it to the page using tissue tape.
  I decided to work with a very neutral pallet.  I applied Pumice Stone Distress Paint to both pages and butterfly using a baby wipe to move around the color.  Then to add a bit of pattern I used my Latticework Tim Holtz stencil and some Hickory Smoke Distress Paint.
 I wanted to soften the area that was going to be stamped with the phrase so I applied a little wash of white gesso and dried with heat tool.  Then stamped the Yvonne Blair Designs Stamp "Delight In The Beauty" with black archival ink.

Delight In The Beauty
 Next I stamped a few different sizes of Yvonne Blair Design leaves with black archival ink onto vintage dictionary paper.  I cut out several of the leaves and adhered to my journal spread with multi medium matte.  I softened the text in the leaves with a little white gesso wash.  Then applied color to the leaves with a little water down Peeled Paint Distress Paint and dried with my heat tool.

 Scribble Flower

 Sketch Leaves
  So, I thought it needed a little dimensional texture.  I applied some transparent matte texture paste using the Latticework and Wildflowers Tim Holtz stencils.  After my texture paste had thoroughly dried I added some splatters using some watered-down Picked Raspberry, Black Soot Distress Paints and white gesso.  I also added a few drips of Picked Raspberry Distress Paint on the right-hand side of my butterfly wing.
  I wanted to really pull the texture out so, I added some Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Crayons...smudging them as I applied.  To finish off my journal spread, I added some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs here and there.
 A few close ups.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my art journal today!


  1. This is unbelievably cool! The grey color scheme is so enchanting and the pops of pale green just make the page sing, then to see that the butterfly is dimensional - WOW! Great tutorial, Bobbi! Love this!

  2. Such a beautiful art journal spread! I love the neutral palate along with the wonderful composition and words!

  3. I love this art journal spread! I especially like the wonderful neutral composition and words! Gorgeous!

  4. Beautiful work Bobbi - the grey color scheme is perfect and the Distress Crayons are the perfect match to grunge it up. Really, really beautiful!!

  5. WOW ... that's so awesome ... Welcome Bobbi ! Don't need to tell you I love your work... always have
    This page is awesome love the Maya quote too (Maya was one of my favorite poets )!, such a cool Art Team love the inspiration :)

    1. Hi Rea! Thanks for stopping by and leaving Bobbi some love, wink. Maya Angelou is my all time favorite poet. She was a fabulous lady that shared so much inspiration in this world. I have a couple of her books and I have collected her quotes for years! Hugs.

  6. Bobbi, that is stunning and how brilliant to tape the butterfly die cut in the center so it would move! Gorgeous colour palette and a fabulous quote, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  7. Love seeing so much white in your journal page. Beautiful texture and fabulous saying.