The Hills Art Journal 

Happy St. Patricks Day! Now I am not Irish but I have this thing for Ireland and it is on my bucket list of a place that I must visit. It all began with me reading Nora Roberts books, you know the ones that are set in Ireland and all I keep imagining are the beautiful green lush hills and the Guiness. You know have to have the Guiness when I make it there.

Any who I decided to do an art journal page about my obsession with Ireland, as soon as I decided that this was what I was going to do I knew that I needed hills involved with my art journal layout. I generally have to do things in sessions in my house. As soon as I got home and was able to steal a few minutes I gessoed my art journal pages with heavy white gesso from Art Basics.

Later on that evening after the gesso was all dry I sketched out some hills and decided that I really wanted to work with my India Inks. I love these inks they are so cool to work with and they do really will the Faber Castell Pitt Pens.

mixed media hills art journal
The heavy gesso gave a really nice texture to the art journal pages, I applied the gesso with a pallete knife so that I would get a good amount of gesso. After I put gesso over the pages I realized that the middle needed to be reinforced with some masking tape because I didn’t want the ink to seep through.

I knew that I wanted to work the Dr. Ph. Martins India Ink. I really love this paint and it is a lot of fun to work with. I used the two greens that I have in the kit as well as the blue, teal and purple. I also used my Pitt Pens to help me with some of the shading. The inks themselves mixed really well together and I was able to get some really pretty shades of green.

mixed media hills art journal

I sketched out my hills with pencil and left the pencil marking and then I got to painting. I am in love with how pretty the hills came out. I mixed the green paint with some white and it made a really pretty light green but it ended up being way to light. I covered it up with a mix of the two greens and it came out gorgeous.

mixed media hills art journal

Next up was the sky and I did this with the purple at the top, the blue and then the teal. While the paint was still wet I blended the colors together a bit so that I didn’t have hard lines. I then made sure everything was dry and came in with my Pitt Pens.

mixed media hills art journal

I have had some Tim Holtz rubons forever that I thought were perfect for this journal layout. Now that you see all this it is time for me to tell you my inspiration. My journal is inspired by strong desire to see Ireland and in honor of St. Patricks day I thought that this was the perfect time to journal about how badly I want to see Ireland. I chose my rubons and adhered them, surprisingly I did not have a problem getting them to stick considering how old they are.

mixed media hills art journal

You see the explore life rub on at the top? That one didn’t work out very well but I was able to get it covered up. I didn’t realize that there was so much black in the rub on and therefore you couldn’t see it after it was put on.

mixed media hills art journal

After I made this beautiful scene it took me a while to figure out what I was going to do next. I grabbed one of my Julie Nutting stamps and created her and then I cut a shamrock out on my Cricut. I sprayed the Shamrock with some Prima mist and some gold Heidi Shine, I grabbed my white Uni-ball Signo pen, did my journaling and called this art journal page. I had thought about adding more dimension to the background but I was so happy with the colors and texture that I figured I would just leave it alone.

mixed media hills art journal

Here are a few close ups of the Shamrock and my Julie Nutting stamp.

If you are just starting here for the blog hop you can start at the very beginning of the hop or click through to either of these other wonderful ladies that I have created wonderful St. Patrick’s Day inspired projects.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Kristie

    Your art journal layout turned out great, and especially using the white for the journaling! Love the colors!

    1. Beth

      Thank you so much Kristie!

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