On my art table {plus a how to}: Create


If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that my word for the year is Create.

This is the very first art journal spread I created this year, to remind me of my word whenever I open my journal.

And since the word is create, it’s only fair that I tell you how you can create a similar piece, isn’t it?

It’s quite straightforward, and a lot of fun!

Pull out 2-3 of your favorite colors (keep them either warm or cool) plus one contrasting color to add some pop. Gather together some collage pieces – old book pages, images from magazines, color swatches – and stencils and stamps. Now, start randomly gluing down your collage pieces using matte medium. Don’t overthink this step. Just have fun.

Once your glue is dry, add paint! Color block, drip paint, draw swirls, stamp, stencil. Again, have fun, you really can’t go wrong with this.

Now think of what you want your focal element to be – mine is a heart. Draw three hearts of varying sizes on a scrap piece of paper and cut them out. These are your templates.

Arrange these on your spread until you find a pleasing composition. For the main focal image, just draw around the template (I used a watercolor pencil) and fill the shape in with white gesso. Squeeze out a bit of your contrasting color on the palette (an old plastic lid works), dab some paint onto a sponge, and start dabbing the paint over and off your template – take a look at the pink and orange hearts on the top and bottom corners. This gives you a reverse image.

Now decorate your focal image as you see fit, write your word, and you’re done!

If you need more in-depth instructions, please download my ebook Art Journaling 101. It’s designed for complete beginners and will take you through this entire process in much greater depth.

This piece is available for purchase in my Cupick store.

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  1. Not at all into arts and crafts..But this looks beautiful..Something anyone into these can appreciate…:)Love your word for this year though, Create. It encompasses so much ..

    • Thanks Nabanita. Yes, I’ve had quite an adventure with Create so far this year. I’m looking forward to what more it has in store for me for the rest of the year! 🙂

  2. Entering your world of Art fills me with a sense of peace. I’m glad you create such beautiful images/art work.Once I get into the groove of colouring, my next step would be to do some art work.

  3. I like to try my hands at art and craft once in a while and an idea as this sounds perfect! Loved the word you’ve chosen for the year 🙂


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