Friday, 29 January 2016

Wanderlust Book Prompt. . . . . .#1

Hi everyone. Like many of you, I signed up for the year long Wanderlust classes. Twice a month we are given a prompt to use in a journal and I'm sharing my first pages here today.

Now, I'm NOT an art journal artist but have always fancied having a go so some of the course is ideal for me to learn the basics and see if I like it. As usual I'm playing catch up but I've got all year so hopefully I'll get there!

I can't give you a step by step but I'm happy to share the materials and mediums I used and I'm sure you can work out the techniques too! Please be gentle with me as I'm way out of my comfort zone with this kind of work - it's great fun though! I used the word believe for my prompt because it resonates with my current situation.

A double page spread with die cuts used as my starting point. This is a Prima Marketing journal which I've decided to use for the journalling. I've also made a journal for other aspects of the classes and you'll see that in a post here shortly.

Some hand written journalling and the main word is done with rub on letters.

Lots of paints and dry brushing going on! I used my faithful old DecoArt Traditions which I just can't bear to waste!

The textured areas have a real shimmer but it hasn't been captured at all. Lots of dry brushing with metallic gold fluid acrylic too as well as the mica in one of the misters.

Hand written journalling in India Ink used with a dip pen. I love the free way we are advised to apply the paint. I'll list all the colours used at the end of this post. We are able to choose our own colour palette or use the one given. I chose those colours I felt comfortable working with.

Some left over scraps of embossed card are used here - love the texture they give.

Drips and splatters are great fun but very scary!

Here's the list of items I used to create my pages:
DecoArt Traditions: Sapphire blue, Cobalt Blue Hue, Warm White, Aquamarine & Med Beige
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Metallic Gold, Quinacridone Gold, Shimmer Mister Turquoise & Primary Cyan Mister
DecoArt Mediums: White Gesso, Matte Medium, Crackle Glaze
Other Products: Black India Ink, Cobalt Archival Ink, Isopropyl Alcohol Spray
Other: Journal, Paintbrushes, Spatula, Stencil, Distressing Tool, Water Spray

Thanks so much for visiting today. You can still sign up for the Wanderlust course, just click the link. I think it's going to be well worth it. I now need to catch up on the second prompt and a class given by the fabulous Kate Crane!


  1. No need to be gentle, stunning work Julia! LOVE the colours and depth you've created, fab layout....hope you're hooked because can't wait to see more of your journalling. Ruth xx

  2. It's absolutely beautiful. The color and texture you achieved is exceptional and I concur 100%...drips and splatters ARE great but they ARE scary...LOL. So glad you joined Wanderlust too. :)

  3. Oh Julia! For someone who says they are out of their comfort zone you did remarkable pages my lovely!!!! I am doing Wanderlust too but I haven't posted any yet! Looking forward to more of your journaling my lovely xxx

  4. Beautiful pages Julia! Love the subtle stenciling in the background. This is so lovely!

  5. Amazing depth, texture, and layers of color!

  6. Welcome to the club of newbie journalers (:o) I agree...awesome page in my eyes, too. Love the coulours.

  7. This is just beautiful! I love this deep blue and the textures are fantastic. The journalling turning around the edges is a great idea.

  8. What a brilliant start to your journalling journey! Looks like you are a natural. LOVE the drippage and texture as ever. Jenny x

  9. Julia, you never fail to amaze me with your layers of color and textures!!
    I would say that you have taken to art journaling straight away! Well done my friend!
    hugs,Jackie xo

  10. Fabulous Julia love your art. I have done mine but still waiting to be blogged, but that's as far as I have got at the moment.
    happy Sunday.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  11. Looking good, but this was the main reason I didn't bother, don't do journalling!!! Good luck and I hope you keep going with it xx

  12. Gorgeous colours and textures, love your journal pages! Deb xo

  13. Glorious colours and textures embedded in to the pages and I love the dimensional pieces you've chosen as well as all that fabulous drippage. A great word choice too - a real delight to see your venture into the world of art journalling. I think you'll feel at home pretty soon going by this!
    Alison xx


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