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Art Journal page, life is better with friends.

Hi AA fans,  Marleen here with a very messy Art Journal page.

This time I had no specific idea what to do…. the only thing i knew was that I wanted to use my new Art Journal and some new dies.
Of course I wanted to use 1 of my new stencils. I used the 8×12 Keyhole stencil.

Watch the video tutorial.

Here some detail photos:


Keyhole Stencil 8×12

Colorations Sprays, Timeless, Juicy, Sandcastle, Salmon

Minx ~ Shimmering Inks, Immaculate, Panache

Velvet Dimensional MediumShamrock, Fiji

Sorbet Dimensional Medium, Cayman

Stone Effects, Bone


If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology on Pinterest and YouTube.
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I hope you all like my messy flow!? Enjoy your creative day 😉



Art Journal tutorial

Bonjour !

Valerie today to present you a new tutorial : a mixed media Art Journal !

I love create scrapbook pages, but sometimes I just want to put some colors on paper, add a little stamp or two, nothing fancy but satisfying for my creating cravings… Using paints, inks, stencils and stamps on a journal spread is perfect for this kind of mood ! And as I wanted some sunshine (that I didn’t have outside), my pages are very sunny…

Starting with Glorious Colorations spray and Allure Minx, I built the background with the Retro and Blocked stencils and the Juicy Colorations spray and Tango Velvet Dimensional medium.

Few stamps colored with Patience Colorations spray and Red Velvet Sorbet Dimensional medium, some alpha stickers and a black pen and you’re done!

As usual, you will find the complete video tutorial on the Art Anthology YouTube channel or just watch it from here :

Thank you for stopping by the AA blog today, see you soon for my next project…



Messy page, Always follow your dreams.

Hello peeps,

I’m back from a break and full energy to play with the Art Anthology products.

With this page I used  the Fragments stencil from the NEW stencil collection,
so I hope to inspire you all !!

Watch the Snapguide for a step by step tutorial:

Check out How to Create This Messy Page by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

Here are some extra detail photos:

Hugs and have a creative day 😉


How to Use a Face Stencil

Happy day to you and I’m happy to share with you again !

Do you have to have drawing skills to add a face to a page? NO, not if you have these beautiful Face-It stack of stencils from Art Anthology!

I’ve created a page to show that. I do need some practice with these faces though!

There is a tutorial at the end of this post, on Snapguide.


Stamped script to connect the face and the rest of the page.

Mayan Velvet Dimensional paint adds interest to the hearts of the flowers.

Some detail of the collage.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’d love to hear what you think of this page. I know I still have to practice!!

Check out How to Use a Face Stencil by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

I hope that I have inspired you to create something pretty today!

Until next time!

If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology

on Pinterest and YouTube

and/or don’t forget to join
our Facebook group Art Anthology’s Adventures in Art !  You can share your creations there, too! 

And don’t forget that you can shop for everything used in this tutorial at
Art Anthology’s online store.



Let’s Get Artsy With “Confidence”

Happy 2017 everyone, well I’ve never been one for New Years Resolutions because I usually can’t keep them…lol so I have always tried to pick a word to motivate me as a better person. This year my word is “Confidence”.  I hadn’t worked in my art journal book for a while so I new this would be my foundation for my piece.

AA’s Mud Texture Paste is probably one item in my stash I can not be without. I adore texture and I have added inks, seed beads, sand, paint, well you name it I’ve probably added it to this wonderful medium to create with and it never fails me. I used it on this piece to run through a script stencil.

Another one of my favorite art items is my Coloration Sprays, whether I’m spraying, dripping, puddling, splattering, or using them as a watercolor, they are vibrant and have gorgeous highlights. 

Ok and what about the paints, probably my favs are the Metal Effects and Gemstones because of their metallic  properties. All in all Art Anthology’s product definitely allow you to create with confidence. Wishing you a wonderfully creative year, enjoy the journey and process, and embrace your imperfections.

Here is a Snapguide tutorial for your pleasure
Check out How to Create an Art Journal Page With a Personal Touch by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


Just playing – on an art journal page

I played, yes .. and I had fun..!!

Ellie Knol here today…

I decided to just go with the flow… and see where that would take me. I grabbed all sorts of colors that I thought would be nice together, greens, blues, oranges and a red, velvets, sorbets and a gemstones.

Here you can see the first 3 greens: Leaf Sorbet, Limited Velvet and Emerald Gemstones, scraping a tiny bit randomly over the page to make transparant layers.  Don’t try to cover the whole of it with each color, just here and there, and sometimes overlapping. After this step I’ve used lots more colors. For that, go see the Snapguide at the bottom of the post.

A close-up of the page during the process.

A close-up of some detail of the finished page.

Those eyes really are an eye-catcher on the page – LOVE it!

Would you like to know how I did this, check out the Snapguide:

Check out How to Just Play on an Art Journal Page by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

 Hope you’ve enjoyed this, and got inspired to get messy fingers too!

SEE you!


If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology

on Pinterest and YouTube

and/or don’t forget to join
our Facebook group Art Anthology’s Adventures in Art !  You can share your creations there, too!

And don’t forget that you can shop for everything used in this tutorial at
Art Anthology’s online store.

Art Anthology Products Used:



Mixed Media Art Journal page

HI !
Ellie Knol here today!
YES, you’re right, I’m new here…
I am thrilled and honoured to be able to show you a creation with some gorgeous products from Art Anthology!!

I created a double page in my art journal.
That meant play time, of course!
And messy fingers!


I’ve made this art journal by recycling an old book, by ripping every second page out of the book, and gluing 2 pages to each other, and I’ve torn all the edges off the paper.
That makes every page unique to start with!


I LOVE the effect of the drippage of the colorations on this page, and the book text peeping through the gesso!

Check out How to Make a Mixed Media Art Journal Page by Ellie by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

Hope I’ve inspired you to get messy fingers too!

SEE you! 


If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology
on Pinterest and YouTube

and don’t forget to join our Facebook group
Art Anthology’s Adventures in Art !
You can share your creations there, too!

And don’t forget that you can shop for everything used in this tutorial at
Art Anthology’s online store.

Art Anthology Products Used:


“Mechanical meadow” art journal page

Hello, today I would like to show you my art journal page.


Some close ups…


Beautiful Minx Shimmer on the chipboards…


Some more Minx in splashes..


Doodling in black and white…


Texture with Off the Grid Stencil and gesso.


Lagoon Pipe Dream on the background…


Tick Tock stencil with gel medium and stamping on the top. I like this smooth effect with cotton velvet on the background.


Here you can see almost all textures together..


I prepared a short tutorial on snapguide :
Check out How to Create Mechanical Meadow Art Journal Page With AA by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

I used:

Thank you for stopping by, Marta De.



10 fun ways to use mists by Anna Komenda


Hello Art Anthology fans. It’s Anna here with something a little bit different than usual. There won’t be any video tutorial today but I have a lot, lot pictures for You along with 10 fun ways You can use Your mists.

I created two pages in my art journal using mostly mists as a colorful medium. I will walk You through that process telling You about ways You can use Your mists. Some of them are obvious and some might be new for You. So let’s start 🙂

First I must say You what I did with my journal. It’s a hand made journal, that was a gift from my friend Kasia. She used regular thick paper to create the pages. They can handle a little bit of moisture but they are not a watercolor paper bo I have to be careful, because with too much liquid they will just fall apart.

I wanted to show You the difference with applying and using mist on two surfaces: one is just a regular paper (the page on the left side) and the second one is a paper with a thin layer of gesso (the page on the right side).


1. Spray with them. 

Yes, this is the most obvious way to use mists. After all they were created for this purpose. You can spray on the page lying flat on the desk. they You will receive the circular shape of color with lighter edges. But You can also spray on paper that is holded verticaly. You will acheive nice, long paths of color. And this is what I decided to do with my pages. Notice that the one with the blue mist is covered with gesso. It changes the intensity of color. Mists applied on gesso are drying lighter shade of color than applied on the paper. Mists on gesso also need more time to dry.


2. Use stencil.

Stencils are one of the fun ways You can spread Your misting process. Just choose from the variety of shapes and spray through them. It’s really simple. It’s what I did on the red side. You can also use negative and stamp with Your stencil. This is what I did on the blue side. The effect will be more inpredictable and the shapes won’t look as sharp as the one that was sprayed through the stencil. But sometimes is the effect You like better. Notice that not all stencils will look good with stamping. The best effects You can achieve with small patterns with thin stencil lines.

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3. Paint with them.

Yes. You can use Your mists as a watercolor paints. Coloration Sprays from Art Anthology don’t contain the shimmering powder so they look really like a paints. But if You have sparkling mists only, You can still use them this way. You will just have a sprakling image in the end. Just take a piece of watercolor paper, add few drops of mists into the plastic palette, take brush and paint. You can mix colors to get right shades. I draw a face on my piece of watercolor paper. I wanted to add contours too so I took black indian ink, pen nib and just sketch the lines. Remember to let the ink dry before You use Your mists. Indian ink is waterproof after it’s dry. If You don’t have indian ink and a pen nib, You can also use some water proof marker.

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4. Create colorful gesso or texture paste.

You can mix Your mists with gesso or texture paste to create new colors of dimensional mediums. Gesso is the one that is harder to dye with mists and the shades as really pastel after mixing it all together. But texture paste is much more easier to add color. But remember that if You want to use Your texture paste through the stencil, You can’t add to much liquid. I used light brown gesso on the red side and grey texture paste on the right side. they were both dyed with mists. I wasn;t satisfied of the shade of my brown gesso so I decided to add more color by spraying with with the mist on the page.

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5. Write with them.

We used our mists as paints but You can also ise them as inks. Just take pen nib or a brush and write with them on Your pages. I used grey mist to write few words on my red page. Writing on gesso is more difficult because mist dry very light. So I reccomend You to write on plain paper. I also wanted to highlight the birds on my blue page so I outlined them with indian ink and wrote few words too. Indian ink looks good on the pages covered with gesso. It’s still black, shiny and water proof.

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6. Use straw.

Straw is a very fun to use tool. You can just create a big blob by dipping the straw in the mist (be sure You have few drops on mist on the tip) and just blow through the straw from a high distanse (by high I mean something about 15 inches). You should achieve nice, big stain. When it’s still wet You can use clean straw and just blow from the proximity to create extra spaletters around Your blob. I tried this technique on my blue page but it was waved and the blob didn’t come so nice.


7. Use the mister.

If You like this messy look the easiest way to get the splatters is just to open the bottle and use the mister’s tube to splash on Your page. You don’t have much control with this process so if You are a person than do not like suprises on their pages – don’t walk this path. And If You are splashing on the pages with pictures – don’t forget to cover them with some paper scraps befor You start making a creative mess.


8. Dye the fabric.

Mists are great with dyeing the fabric. I am not talking about Your T shirt because I am not sure how it will works in the washing mashine. But take a piece of the fabric, spray it and add it to Your project. Sew it to the page or use stapler. It will add a lot of dimension and texture to Your page. You can also dye a gauze and use it on Your project.

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9. Use dedicated products.

Some companies created special lines to go with mists. You can buy papers that are partialy covered with mist proof pattern. You can also buy fabric elements with some white printing on them. I also saw frames and other elements created for misting. You can also use wood veneers with Your mists. I decided to use some fabric shapes from one of the old Prima collections. I sprayed them with mist and attached them with stapler. I also glued few stips of fabric using gel medium. Gel medium is working really well with mists. It’s not mist proof so You can color the surface covered with gel medium.

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10. Take out some color.

This technique can be used on surfaces that were covered with gesso. Just sprinkle the page with water of, like me, with a sparkling colorless mist, take a paper towel and absord the water / mist with some of colored background. Really simple and You can get some nice effects. The picture below is the picture “after” so the loghter spots were created with this technique.


I showed You 10 ways to use Your mists but it’s not all. There are more fun techniques. You can use piece of foil, add few drops of mists on it and just stamp with that. It’s called “packaging technique”. You can use Your embossing powders and stamps to create mist proof papers. Those are just examples. I encourage You to experiment. Art journals are just perfect for that. You don’t have to always get spectacular effects. Remember than many great discoveries were made by accident 🙂 And most of all – HAVE FUN.

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Thank You for stopping by.



Happy birthday to me :)

Hello, today I would like to show you my double art journal page “Happy”, just because of my birthday. A little bit of fun creating with Minx.




And some close up’s:






I prepared for you a sshort sstep by step tutorial on snapguide! 🙂

Check out How to Create an Art Journal Page Using MINX by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

This time I used:

Thank you for stopping by,

I hope to see your beautiful creations, shared on our Art Anthology Andentures in Art facebook group 🙂

Marta De.