Art Journal Process

Ophelia Staton
May 22, 2018
November 28, 2017

Hello everyone, Ophelia here with another Artist Gang Tuesday Video. Today, I wanted to play around in my journal featuring the Human Soul stencil found here...

My stencil has been used to the point of no return, so here is a better image.

Human Soul Stencil

I absolutely love the helps me make sense of everything that I create...the good, and the bad!!

Also in this tutorial, I used a variety of Dina Wakely Abstract Figures stamp stamp set

and the Dina Wakley Funky Silhouettes stencils found here...

As well as the Grunge Half Tone Dots stencils found here"

With that out of the way, lets get into the video.

I seem to always begin my page with glueing down random bits of paper....I collect paper from everywhere and I have put them together in collage packs in my Etsy Shop here:

I find that I like the visual texture as well as the actual texture that bits of paper gives.

I have glued these all down with Matte Medium - I keep mine in a squeeze bottle as I buy it by the gallon, and I literally will go between Liquitex or Golden, depending on which is on sale.

Once those are glued down, I will apply a thin layer of Gesso. Here I am using Liquitex Gesso.

I will let things thoroughly dry before continuing.

Now, for me the fun begins as I whip out my paints and begin to play.

In this tutorial, I am using Deco Art Acrylic Paints...I really like the finish of these.

When building a background, I simply go for it...beginning with light colors, and building layer upon layer from there. I usually go until it "feels" right, and hopefully stopping before I go too far!!

To help build layers, I often stamp and in this instance, I used a Paper Bag Studios stamp set Scrap and Journal Tools.

Scrap and Journal Tools

Using a red archival ink pad, I randomly stamped images on the page to give some more visual texture.

I continued to build from here, with more paint - adding more and wiping away where needed to blend everything.

I pulled out the Donna Downey Grunge Halftone stencils and used it with some acrylic inks that I placed into spray bottles.

I then added more paints to push things to the background.

Once I allowed that all to dry, I reached for the Dina Wakley figures stencil and my black stabilio marks all pencils to outline the image. I also found a scrap piece of paper and painted it with Turquoise paint as I knew I wanted one of the image to stand apart.

I used a small brush with water to soften the edges of the marks all pencil, then decided to use Carbon Black paint to completely darken the area around the stencil. Once that was dry, I used black archival ink to stamp the image onto the Turquoise paper and cut it out, and glued it to the center of the page.

At this point, I was stuck....I didn't know if I should leave the top half of the page as it was, or paint the entire page, I just dived in with black paint.

I used the Human Soul stencil on the top of the page and used a makeup sponge to stamp acrylic paint over the stencil. I absolutely love the sentiment of this stencil.

I then used Golden High Flow acrylic in Teal with a Fine Liner tip to frame the sentiment.

I used a white acrylic paint pen to make the page personal to myself permission to feed my soul by simply creating.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial!!

Until next time,




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Ophelia is a mixed media artist living in Creedmoor, NC.  She is married with two children.  Her son Stephen, is a freshman at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass, and her daughter Madison keeps everyone busy with a flurry of activities.  Ophelia truly finds refuge and solace in her studio every single morning way before the day gets busy, she is there, simply playing in paint.

After teaching middle school history for 15 years, she began her dream job as a high school visual arts teacher in August of 2017.  

She is the demo artist for her local Jerrysartarama in Raleigh where she is fortunate enough to be able to share her passion and inspires others to play.  

Ophelia absolutely adores playing in her journals or creating abstract paintings with lots of color and loads of marks.  Her work is displayed at Ollies downtown Wake Forest and 311 Studios and Gallery downtown Raleigh, NC.

Follow along with Ophelia on her journey at or over on Instagram @opheliasartstudio