Art Journal Page – Stamping on an Alcohol Ink Background

Hey, Isa here! Today I’m showing you how to create a mixed media art journal page using stamps on an alcohol ink background together with bits and pieces you have from former tutorials or from your stash (and we know we’ve got loads of them!).

It all starts with covering my journal page with a solid color print from a former gel plate printing session. I love the grungy look of that teal print, it gives a grassy look and feel to the background. I added the « Art Defined » stamp here and there, to provide more texture.

As I have a few sheets of yupo paper that I used with bright happy alcohol ink colors, I stamped them with several shapes before deciding to go for the Pencil Marks 3 one and fussy cut it. 

I love playing with circle shapes, and this project is no exception!

I punched different-sized circles in a watercolor-like printed sheet I made in one of my previous tutorials (see Mixed Media Journal Page with Sketchy Flowers and Watercolor-Like background).

Then I stamped them loosely with one of the stamps out of the « Pick a Number » set before gluing them down on the page. The tiny orange dots « holding » the stem are painted with a Q-tip on rice paper, and make a perfect echo to the circle shapes!

Dots again with my Posca white paint pen in the lower third of the page …

I love how the stitch stamp from « Mixed Media Borders » holds the whole composition together!

As I felt there was something missing on the left, I used a large stripe of yellow stamped tracing paper (see my other tutorial Mixed Media Art Journal Page With Stamped Tracing Paper ) and added it “as is” straight there. The way the underneath circles and background appear is gorgeous!

I hope this has inspired you to use up your stash and experiment with alcohol ink backgrounds to fussy cut your favorite stamped shapes!

Be Bold and Shine,


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