Art journal spring themed

Spring is finally here! And I just had to do an spring themed art journal, full of happy colors !

art journal bike

I had so much fun creating the background! Instead of using my regular fluid acrylic paints and big brush markers I am going to show you how you can work with your distress inks.

art journal spring

I usually like my acrylics since they are permanent and I can apply gel medium all over them to do my shading with my markers. But I know that most of you have a big collection of distress ink pads so why not use them instead?!

art journal enjoy

The results can be as striking ! the only thing you have to remember is that the ink is not permanent… but that means that it reacts with water which opens up a number of possibilities in terms of techniques!

art journal stencil

The bike is a sketch I did, really simple and not too perfect in terms of proportions … but who cares?! It is my art journal and I think everyone gets the general idea that this is a bike (I hope!)

art journal spring bike

You can enjoy the step by step video below or at my YouTube channel

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42 Comments

  1. Cindy said:

    I think this is one of my favorite pages you have done…beautiful and fun!

    March 9, 2016
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  2. Annemiek Merram said:

    Another gorgeous adorable art journal page. You inspire me on so many levels, Thank you. I have also a question, I bought the fine tip applicator and the same gel medium to fill it with, another great tip from you, but I have to squeez so hard, it hurts my fingers. If I watch your video’s you make it look so easy to use it. Do you have any tips for me? Thank You,
    your fan Annemiek Merram

    March 9, 2016
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    • Vicky said:

      In my case the gel medium just flows, all I do is squeeze just a bit and that starts it. Do you use the same gel medium and applicator? I know the fine tips come in various sizes so maybe you have a thinner tip and a thicker gel?!

      March 9, 2016
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      • Annemiek Merram said:

        Thank you for replying, Yes , I use both exactly the same…

        March 9, 2016
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  3. Glynis said:

    I absolutely love your work! Inspiring and these pages made me smile and feel happy. Thank you for reminding me how joyful crafting is!

    March 9, 2016
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  4. Deborah said:

    That is such a cute layout.
    It doesn’t look like Spring here but it sure felt like it today.
    I was happy to see use using the distress inks only. I don’t have a lot of paints, But I do have lots of ink pads.

    March 9, 2016
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  5. Suz said:

    So cute. I also love to make my own unique elements as well with the paper piecing. With all the different 3D stickers and so forth now available, fewer people make their own, but it’s neat to be able to customize the element to desired color, size etc. Very nice page. Your cards are always pretty too, but like the art journaling best.

    March 9, 2016
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  6. Dianne said:

    Love your journaling ideas…..by far my favourite to watch Vicky

    March 9, 2016
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  7. Arianna Barbara said:

    Wow! Absolutely amazing!

    March 9, 2016
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  8. Roxanna W said:

    Amazing!! You are so much fun to watch, so talented

    March 9, 2016
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  9. Glorious said:

    Wow! That is amazing! The colours all go to gather perfectly. It looks so clean and yet so vibrant! Absolutely love it!

    March 9, 2016
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  10. Lori said:

    Love this page so beautiful!

    March 9, 2016
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  11. Absolutely LOVE the cheerful, spring colors!! Thanks for teaching the GREAT Ghosting technique as well. LOVELY!!!

    March 9, 2016
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  12. mu42800 said:

    magnifique page d’art journal
    joli travail de fond
    bizz Mu

    March 9, 2016
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  13. Vickie said:

    You are so inspiring to me!! Love the bicycle page I will have to copy this one

    March 9, 2016
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  14. Marcie Lovett said:

    I thought you were going to show us a simple layout, Vicky, then I watched the video. Wow! The basket, the piecing, the coloring, the twine – another detailed, beautiful Vicky page. Love to watch you create these.

    March 9, 2016
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  15. Teresa Doyle said:

    WOW Vicky, I love this . A great job as always.

    March 9, 2016
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  16. Belinda said:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Really wow.

    March 9, 2016
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  17. Beautiful page! Thanks for sharing with us, you are a true artistic inspiration.

    March 10, 2016
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  18. Marichelle said:

    This is so cute! My daughter enjoyed the bright colors. Spring is here!

    March 10, 2016
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  19. Chris S. said:

    This is such a beautiful journal page. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing. I learn a lot from you.

    March 10, 2016
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  20. Shari said:

    So awesome. I loved watching you make your little bike and basket. Wonderful work. 💗💗💗

    March 10, 2016
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  21. Mary W said:

    Such a cute page and I love how you creating your own embellishments. Buying is fine but making your own is so much more fun.

    March 10, 2016
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  22. Nettie Spiwack said:

    Just beautiful, and as always, instructive. My pages look nothing like yours but I have learned so much from watching you. Thanks so much for sharing.

    March 10, 2016
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  23. Laurie Veien said:

    You are my favorite! I watch your videos all the time and have done a few art journal pages because of your talent and inspiration. Thank you for sharing your gift and talent. Love the cards too as I love to create cards to give as gifts. You always have amazing ideas. Thank you.

    March 10, 2016
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  24. Celeste Goff said:

    Vicky, your artistic and creative skills never cease to amaze me! I love all of the gorgeous detail you add to your art journal pages!

    March 10, 2016
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  25. Daria said:

    I really loved this background, so spring like and bright. Maybe because it has rained all day and I am ready for spring. Loved this journal page.

    March 10, 2016
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  26. Norma said:

    Wow, another fantastic journal page! This Spring creation put a huge smile on my face, really, as all your art work does. It just so bright and cheery. Your creativity, your knowledge sharing, and your coloring techniques are so very inspirational. Because of you, I bought my first art journal, purchased the necessary supplies as outlined in your Essential Supplies video and created my very first page, yay! I am learning so much from you and I’m having a blast! Thank you Vicky, thank you for sharing your craft with all of us.

    March 10, 2016
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  27. Renee V. said:

    This was super fun to watch, the basket weaving and sketching is so amazing!!! LOVE this 🙂

    March 10, 2016
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  28. MartyF said:

    Beautiful! Your art journal pages are awesome!

    March 10, 2016
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  29. Sharon Crouchman said:

    I truly love this!! So simple yet beautiful. I didn’t see the heart punch listed. Who makes it? Love your videos! Gonna share this with my art journal pals. Thank you!!

    March 10, 2016
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  30. Allison said:

    Hi Vicky! A truly stunning page. I love how you created the concept and elements all yourself. Just gorgeous:). As a side note, with your lovely accent, I just LOVE the way you say” balloons” it makes me smile!! Thanks for the touch of Spring. I’m in NL, Canada and we woke to snow falling and a not so balmy -5 degrees Celsius!! TFS your wonderful creativity, I always thoroughly enjoy your videos. -Allison

    March 11, 2016
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  31. Kathy Stacy said:

    Vicky you are so creative. I just love your imagination. So very inspiring.

    March 11, 2016
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  32. Kallia said:

    I love watching you create your focal point without using stamps or specific dies…just using your imagination! That’s our Vicky!

    March 11, 2016
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  33. Jill Raines said:

    Hi Vicki,

    I love watching your journal videos, they are always so creative and full of texture.

    This one has been particularly good for me as I don’t really have acrylics or distress stains but I do have distress inks. It is good to be able to see your techniques adapted to that medium.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    March 11, 2016
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  34. Merrily said:

    I’m not an artist AT ALL, however your inspiration and ideas make me see how I could apply these techniques to my card making. What a wonderful way to start my Saturday morning, in rainy western WA.
    Have a great day! Love, Love, Love this page!!!!

    March 12, 2016
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  35. Shirley said:

    Beautiful journal page. Love the basket flowers. Great video!

    March 13, 2016
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  36. Susan G said:

    I really enjoyed your video. So inspiring. It makes me want to run to my art table and try to copy your wonderful Spring page. It IS so very happy and carefree. Each page you make is more beautiful than the last. Thank you for your beautiful creations and for showing us how.

    March 20, 2016
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  37. Rebecca Butterfield said:

    Just love the background ….love the whole layout.
    So cheerful. Thanks for sharing.

    March 21, 2016
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  38. Connie Brooks said:

    I adore your work…the art journal is wonderful. I wish you could sit beside me and teach me all you know. You are my favorite artist. Thank you for sharing your talent.

    March 28, 2016
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  39. Judy Strasser said:

    I love your bicycle and also the bright cheerful colors you use. You are so creative!!!

    December 7, 2016
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