Art Journal Page: One Word [Wanderlust]


In the first Wanderlust class of the year, we were prompted to use just one word on our pages – and yesterday, I was so tired. Poor sleep, recovering from a cold and a wet grey day all got poured into this art journal spread. Building on the learning gleaned from the first pick a stick challenge, I layered and layered, and am actually rather pleased with the result, as grey and drab as it is!

It’s the first time I’m working in a spiral bound art journal – this one is a Daler-Rowney Cachet Artist’s Mixed Media, A5 sized, 30 page, 250g/m2. The paper is wonderful to work on, didn’t buckle under the wet media or bend with dry acrylic and basically took everything I threw at it. There’s just one issue – the spiral bound spine: those pesky wires. I’m sticking with the book for the Wanderlust classes, but will be looking for stitch bound journals in the future.


  • DecoArt Media Gesso & Paynes Grey Fluid Acrylic swiped on with a palette knife
  • DecoArt Media Paynes Grey sponged through clock stencil (Tando Creative)
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium to strip acrylic paint off large bubble wrap
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium mixed with Paynes Grey to streak glaze (brushed)
  • DecoArt Media Mister Carbon Black & Shimmer Mister White
  • Stamped images in Ranger Archival Watering Can: stamps from Magenta, Stampendous
  • Washi tape: Ikea & Tim Holtz tissue tape
  • Napkin decoupage with DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • Text stamped in Ranger Archival Watering Can, stamps by Stamp Addicts
  • Sealed with DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Medium
  • Final stamping with Ranger Archival Jet Black, Glacier White Pigment Ink; stamps from Stampendous, Magenta

[Disclaimer: As part of the DecoArt Helping Artist Programme,
I am provided with DecoArt Media products as samples to use in my projects]

2 thoughts on “Art Journal Page: One Word [Wanderlust]

  1. I really like the grey hues and feel of this page Neil. I am enjoying your eyecandy

  2. I would say subtle rather than drab! It’s a beautiful page, Neil, and depicts “tired” very well! I know the feeling.


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