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The rumors are true! Golden did bring back Cobalt Teal paint and the first thing I wanted to know was, “Is this same as the old Cobalt Teal that I loved?” Since I happened to be hoarding a tube of the old stuff, I did a side-by-side test to see if they were the same in case you were wondering about it too.

Watch Comparing Golden’s new Cobalt Teal side by side to the old Cobalt Teal on YouTube.

What was the final assessment? Were the colors the same? When brushing them on paper, they looked the same. When looking at them in the tube or a dollop of it on the palette, they seemed to be a hair different.

This is not a scientific experiment, so keep that in mind.  I have no idea if the age of the tube of paint that I had been hoarding plays any role in the color difference to my eye.  The old tube is the dirty one on the right.

As I play around with the Cobalt Teals, I’ll keep you updated.  To be in the know, get signed up for my weekly newsletter and you’ll also get weekly creative encouragement.

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How do you know if an art journal page is finished?  Here’s my perspective on it.  It’s a very personal thing because what you create comes from your soul and is unique to you. When you look at it, if it feels finished, then it’s finished.  If it doesn’t feel finished, then it isn’t.

You get the final say. That also means that you can change the status of anything you make at any time for any reason from finished to unfinished or back again.  This happens to me all the time.  In fact, that is what happened with the cover of my Permission to Play journal.

It felt finished when I made it, but today, when I looked at it, I had the impulse to add more layers to it. It’s status was changed to unfinished. And then finsihed again.

Watch How Do You Know When An Art Journal Page is Finished? on YouTube.

Want to build an art journal just like this one? Join my free workshop, Permission to Play.

Using a pen, the stamped faces were outlined with loose scratchy lines.  I had thought that I would only outline some of them, but it was such fun I made the executive decision to do them all.

More color was added using Marabu’s Art Spray.  It has a spray nozzle but here it was brushed on like a watercolor.  The reason I chose to use this instead of watercolors is that when it dries it will stay dry meaning it will not reactivate if I put more layers on top.

There just might be more layers on top with my tendency to change the status of a page or piece of art from finsihed to unfinished and then back again.

Inside some of the squares, scribble journaling was added.  When I scribble journal I am actually writing words but I can’t read them.  The important part to me is to get the thoughts embedded into the play, not to focus on punctuation or spelling.

How did I know what to do to the page to make it finished once again? I ask myself 3 questions that always guide me as to what to do next so I am never stuck.

If you’d like to know those 3 questions that are the foundational base of art journaling, check out my workshop Art Journaling FUNdamentals where there are videos waiting for you right now in the classroom.

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The rubber stamp is from Invoke Arts.


Can you stencil using paint without a brush or a cosmetic sponge? Yes!  Then what was used to apply the paint?  A gel plate!  Not only did it make for speedy stenciling, it also gave it a grungy flair.

In the video, you’ll see how to use a gel plate as a paint applicator and the exact moment that the cranky critical voice in my head started acting up.  It wanted to know why I was doing this.

My answer, because it is fun! Oddly enough that didn’t make the judgmental voice in my head very happy. And it was going to have to get over it because it was fun to paint drips, stencil with a gel plate, and gel print directly into my journal. Oh, and yes, there’s an O.O.P.S. in here too.

Watch Grungy Stenciling with a Gel Plate on YouTube.

The paint drips were the first thing added to the page using the Painted Rainbows stencil.  The rainbow is all masked off and covered up to make it a breeze to get drips on the page.

One benefit to using stencil to do this is that it dries faster than actual drips of wet runny paints and inks.  A plus to those patience impaired like myself.

The paint was applied with a gel plate.  Yup, a gel plate.  It produces a slightly different look than a brush or cosmetic sponge, and it is super fast.  Again, a plus for the patience impaired.

The grungy goodness at the bottom is courtesy of cleaning off the brayer directly on the page. After all, why waste a drop of the rainbow.

The big what background was just too white.  But adding paint would mean carefully painting around the drips.  Not something I wanted to do.  So I used Marabu’s Art Spray to brush on some color.  When it is brushed on like this it is wonderfully forgiving around the edges, so there was no careful painting involved!

How did the letters get on there? By stenciling the Alpa Jumble stencil with a gel plate.  It is a quick way to get a very loose look to your stenciling and hold crisp details too.

Painting the drops at the ends of the drips made me happy.  Crazy happy and full of joy.  So why was there a voice in my head attempting to pester me with the fact that what I did is not how drops drip realistically.  Um…at what point did I say this was going to look realistic?  Was I trying to paint something like Vermeer, so realistically it might be a photo? No.

What is this silly voice in my head prattling on about? Questions like why do you make an art journal? Why do you use such unrealistic colors?  And so on. My answer, because it is fun. Until it figures out that fun is enough of an answer, I am going to have to keep repeating myself.

That judgmental voice had asked why so many times during the play, I decided to incorporate that word into the page.  The word comes from the Teenage Angst stencil that is full of phrases.  The stencil is 9 x 12 and I cut apart the individual phases.

Writing with a pen on damp paint is like Evel Knievel jumping over the school buses.  It’s a risk.  Okay, it isn’t as risky as that but it can ruin the pen.  I knowingly take those risks and sometimes the pens live, and sometimes they are ruined.  This time, the pen survived.

Why all that orange paint there by the way?  That was OOPS, an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly that made the best spot for some journaling!

I make OOPSies all the time as I play, and if you’d like to see more of that fun plus  get weekly creative encouragement , get signed up for my newsletter.

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