Art Journal – Hello Summer

Today I am back with an art journal layout! Summer is here in Greece, the temperatures are rising, schools close today and we’ll be spending most of our days at the beach.

art journal summer

A question I get all the time is what can I use for focal point if I don’t have the correct stamp and I don’t know how to draw! Well just go online and print out your images. That is what I did today and I am sharing the whole process. What is great about using digital images is that you can shrink them or enlarge them as much as you like. And this gives you the freedom to work on any size art journal book.

art journal summer

I have print out the palm trees and the bus with my inkjet printer and then used my trusty old matte medium to stick everything down. Worked great!

art journal summer

For my background I used a brayer technique which not only is quick and fun but the results and the texture it gives on your page is awesome!

art journal summer

As always my go to techniques of shading and highlighting came handy to bring everything together and bring all those paper pieced images to life.

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

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I have downloaded all my digital images (palm trees and bus) from GraphicStock who are sponsoring today.

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27 Comments

  1. Gunilla said:

    This layout makes me want to go and buy a bus and go camping!!
    Soooo pretty with all the stunning details.

    Thanks for the inspiration and I hope you have a lovely summer/Gunilla

    June 15, 2016
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  2. Lena said:

    Just love your videos :)

    June 15, 2016
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  3. Sam said:

    Awesome Vicky!, i Love it!, your page is wonderful!

    June 15, 2016
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  4. Jeanne said:

    Wow, that was fun to watch. I’ve never created anything like this, so watching you create was pure magic for me. I enjoyed the music and your commentary as well. Now I wish I had a camper like that and could go to the beach you created. :) Thanks so much for sharing.

    June 15, 2016
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  5. Tracie Salamay said:

    Another great video. Any plans for classes in the US??

    June 15, 2016
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  6. Briitta said:

    You are amazing, Vicky. Your talent is unbelievable and I love watching all your videos.

    June 15, 2016
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  7. Asia said:

    Love it as always. TY!

    June 15, 2016
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  8. Ann K said:

    I am blown away as always – your shading technique makes the whole page POP!!! Your talents continue to inspire and amaze me. Oh how I wish I had your ability— GORGEOUS!!!

    June 15, 2016
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  9. Kathy P said:

    I always get so excited when you post your mixed media journal pages, Vicky, because they are so beautiful and also easy to replicate with your excellent videos! Love this summery page!
    I was excited to get the free 7-day trial, too—-except that it isn’t totally free. I do not like to give my credit card to a lot of places, because it leaves your card vulnerable today. So unfortunately I won’t be doing this trial, as much as I would like!

    June 15, 2016
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  10. Frances S. said:

    I love your art journal pages and how you add all the texture and shading. I especially liked how you made the camper appear as if it had spent many summers going to the beach. So beautiful!

    June 15, 2016
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  11. Marcie Lovett said:

    Vicky, you continue to amaze and inspire me! The background, the cut outs, the shading, it’s all marvelous. Another wonderful page.

    June 15, 2016
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  12. BELINDA FINCH said:

    great inspiration. too cute.

    June 15, 2016
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  13. Shirley said:

    Great project. I really like colors used as well as design.

    June 15, 2016
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  14. Anne Rifat said:

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me and your generous, helpful techniques are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

    June 15, 2016
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  15. Mary Ann said:

    Once again you did it. A really great video. I love to watch when you make your art journal pages. They are always inspiring.

    June 16, 2016
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  16. Thanks for another great video. Who would ever know that these are printed out images?!?! They look great with all that shading etc. Wonderful layout.

    June 16, 2016
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  17. VikiB said:

    I love, love, love this! I love the sketchy stamp that you used. That totally surprises me, because it is not something that I would normally be attracted to.

    June 16, 2016
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  18. Julie said:

    Fun video. I love the way you created the background with sand, sky, and ocean.

    June 16, 2016
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  19. Vicky,
    You never cease to amaze me! You continue to teach new tips and tricks and offer awe inspiring tutorials! Thank you!

    June 16, 2016
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  20. Diana W said:

    Such fun to watch You create. You always inspire me.

    June 18, 2016
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  21. Amy said:

    Vicky, did you chose jpg as the download style? I’m stuck at which to choose on the free trial.

    June 22, 2016
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  22. Julie Bee said:

    Hi Vicky
    Love your new ‘Summer’ page, thankyou for showing how to use cut out’s for people like me who can’t draw a thing. I am going to try and make a 3d frame for a friend who has just turned 99 years old would you believe , I have been to a wonderful butterfly tent at the Natural History Museum in London and have taken lots of photo’s so you have now inspired me to try and use them, so wish me luck, and I look forward to seeing your next page.

    Best Wishes

    Julie Bee

    June 22, 2016
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  23. Teresa Doyle said:

    Vicky, this is so amazing. I was never into mixed media before but I have to admit you have inspired me and now I am definitely going to try it! Just awesome work! TFS!

    June 22, 2016
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  24. I loved your brayered background so much I was inspired to make a beach themed journal page too! What a fun technique and it came together so quickly. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    June 27, 2016
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  25. martha stewart said:

    Great layout. I live by the beach and have surfing family. I tried to find it but it isn’t there anymore. Do you know if they removed it?

    July 11, 2016
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  26. Dianne Ayers said:

    Thanks for sharing that great background technique…very useful to know how to get that fun sketchy look…Di xx

    August 3, 2016
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