Art Journal | life is like a cactus

Hi! Today I am back with an art journal layout using fun mixed media techniques! I’ve been getting so many requests for new layouts and one of my blog goals this year is to share of of this kind of projects with you. So today I am using a cardmaking stamp set but turned it into a great focal point for my layout! The is the “Let’s stick together” by MFT

How cute is this?! Bright, happy and uplifting ! I always like my layouts to have motivational quotes so I went with this one ” life is like a cactus, thorny but beautiful”.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

For the background I used my distress oxide sprays. Super quick and easy way to add some color there and it turned out lovely with a chalky finish. In the video you can see how easy it is to bring the colors to life if you want to … just by using matte medium on top for a completely different look that seals down the color at the same time.

I like to stamp and cut out my images and then stick them on my pages. Then I color everything with my  big brush markers.

There are other ways though to get similar results, like coloring your images with any medium you like and then stick them down. Do whatever makes you happy! Remember there are no rules in art journaling!

Other favorite techniques of mine are adding white splashes and highlights with my gel pen. Love the whimsical look some white lines here and there add to the pages.

Here is a close-up look on the background, where you can see the sprayed color, the stamping, the splashes and even the ghost effect I got from stenciling.

supplies

Below you can find a list of all the products used today. Links to multiple online shops are available, just click the logo below each item. Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.

BB Let’s Stick Together
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Ranger Ink – Dylusions Creative…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress…
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress…
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Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz -…
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Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz -…
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Ranger Ink – Multi Medium – Matte
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Faber-Castell STAMPER’S BIG BRUSH…
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Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz -…
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Signo – White Uni-ball Impact Pen – 3…
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Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz -…
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Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – 8.5 Inch…
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Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Travel…
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Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
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12 Comments

  1. ElenaLas said:

    What an amazing art journal page!!! <3 <3 <3 I love the bright colours of the background and the cacti are so cute and beautiful! The small details that you add always make the difference. Thank you for always being so inspiring!!!

    January 28, 2020
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  2. Tammy said:

    This turned out so cute and I love the distress inks in the background they look amazing. Thanks Vicky.

    January 28, 2020
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  3. Debbie F. said:

    Thanks for sharing how you decide on the colors for your background. That’s helpful to me. Love the brightness of the background — it goes well with the cactus! And such a true quote!!! Just got the tiny text stamp set from Tim Holtz and have in mind to do some art journal pages that are inspired by the sentiments from the set (which I absolutely love). Thanks for the inspiration. Hope you had a good time here in AZ and enjoyed all the beautiful cactus. If you ever have a chance to come in the spring to see them in bloom, I would recommend it!! Thorny and prickly with very delicate gorgeous flowers. Quite something to see. Thank you for the video and for doing an art journal page!

    January 28, 2020
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  4. Allison F said:

    A two-page spread and PITT pens? Yes, please! These are my favorite videos to watch, and this one was especially fun.

    January 28, 2020
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  5. Julie hasell said:

    Thank you for sharing this hun as always wanted to do a journal but scared where or how to start, you’ve explained it in a way that I can understand thank you 😊 so love these stamps so cute has inspired me to have a go…..now to save money to get the sprays and look for the stamps in the uk xxxx

    January 28, 2020
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  6. *Vicki* said:

    Thank you for sharing your AJ process! Alays love watching you create these! I’ve missed them! 🙂 You’ve inspired me today!

    January 28, 2020
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  7. Christine Lauer said:

    Your talent inspires.me, thanks for sharing!

    January 28, 2020
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  8. Henriëtte said:

    A fun and gorgeous page Vicky, I love it. The bright colours and fun catus makes it all a happy page. Thank you so much for sharing an other fabulous art Journal page !

    January 28, 2020
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  9. Debbie P said:

    Fantastic page. Love watching your videos.

    January 28, 2020
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  10. Shari A. said:

    💗💗💗

    January 29, 2020
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  11. Lagene said:

    Beautiful colors, love your journal pages!

    January 29, 2020
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  12. Collette said:

    Gorgeous, as always ❤️

    January 29, 2020
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