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Art Journal Play Inspired by Matisse

Art journal tutorial inspired by Matisse and his stars

How do I find the meaning in my art journaling? It isn’t always logical. That random “t” on the bottom of the page would lead me to Marilyn Monroe when I expected to use a Henri Matisse quote. Along the way for bonus fun, I was able to annoy that logical left brain of mine and that makes everything even more fun!

Watch on Art journal play inspired by Matisse’s stars YouTube.

Backgrounds are often the result of cleaning up my supplies. This page came about when I was gel printing and instead of using a scrap of paper to clean the brayer off or take the last ghost pull, I did it directly into my journal.

Art journal tutorial inspired by Matisse and his stars

As I stenciled Stars Inspired by Matisse on the page with the rainbow, the logical left part of my brain had a bit of fit. I was using lots of paint and not being very careful about it.

Logical leftie was sure it was going to be a runny mess. But since I was using heavy body paints, which are wonderfully opaque and help colors pop on a background, it turned out just fine.

Art journal tutorial inspired by Matisse and his stars

That random “t” at the bottom along with stars had me singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as I looked for just the right quote to put on here. I expected it would be a Matisse quote, but nope.

Art journal tutorial inspired by Matisse and his stars

It was Marilyn Monroe’s, “We all of use are stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”

Art journal tutorial inspired by Matisse and his stars

If some twinkle is good, then more is better, so I added the word twinkle all over the bottom and a few at the very top. Marilyn is right, we all do deserve to twinkle!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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  • Jean marmo March 30, 2017, 8:07 pm

    So vivid and bright.

  • Julia Calkins March 31, 2017, 5:13 pm

    The stars are very Matisse-like!

  • Donna April 1, 2017, 1:48 pm

    Absolutely delightful — I smiled all the way through and want to hustle to my art cave now instead of doing the laundry! Your gel plate discus throw was quite impressive. Crutches are a challenge and, from lengthy experience, I highly recommend clothing with large pockets and little kitchen carts with wheels. Going upstairs counts as a week at the gym and going down on crutches is terrifying until you find you can sit and bounce all the way down, whooping as you go! Heal well!

    • Carolyn Dube April 1, 2017, 1:50 pm

      You are braver than I am…that bouncing on the stairs freaked me out…so I just go at a turtle’s speed up and down the stairs lol!

  • Barb Starbuck March 11, 2020, 10:32 pm

    Thanks that was so much fun to watch!