COPYRIGHT INFO:  All content [words, photos, images, artwork, descriptions, designs] is copyright Daisy Yellow. Please use the contact form if you'd like to use content. Copying art + ideas is not cool. If you pin my stuff, please kindly attribute. Thanks!

« The Kid's Mandala Challenge | Main | Flip Thru: Altered Hardback #two »

Art Journal: Sunflower Kaleidoscope

"At the height of laughter,
the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities."
~ Jean Houston

Loose art journal pages are an outlet for expressing creativity and experimenting with new techniques or materials. Also good for losing track of time. Starting with a piece of heavy cardboard, I collaged scrap cardstock, maps and magazine images as the first layer. I'd never used a brayer (the type used for block art) in any art journals... so I rolled turquoise and orange Speedball thick-bodied acrylics (worked great) and purple Golden fluid acrylics (didn't roll as well, used a lot of paint), and white gesso on some bare spots. 

I don't start with any plan, other than perhaps an idea of a tool or technique I want to use.


I sketched a flower with a Neocolor II wax crayon and painted white gesso over the collage inside the lines. Painted the petals and leaves with Golden fluid acrylics. The petals needed something... so I typed a bunch of words and glued them on with Mod Podge. To make the central rainbow dots, I used ahandmade FIMO stamp dipped in acryclics. Edged the entire page and some of the images with Neocolors, and added lines with Golden fluid acrylics and a straight edge. The final touch was a quote.

Thoughts... I like how the many layers provide an interesting and rough base for painting. The rough brush strokes over the textures beneath are something I'd like to try again. The brayer has so much potential - definitely going into the repetoire of art journaling tools.

Looking ahead to next week... what new-to-you technique or tool are you going to try? Have you stepped out of a bound journal or book to try loose art journaling pages? 

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (4)

I really like the way this journal page came out. The vibrant colors and layers really make this pop! Will you be binding this later? Or will you put it in something special?

This technique is something I need to try out. I fear layering like this 'cuz I feel like I'll "mess it up".

As for the brayer, I saw someone use twine then rubber bands on their brayer, to create an interesting continuous design.


01.4.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLotus

For now I put these loose pages in an archival box... I hadn't thought of binding them and that sounds like a great project and something new to learn. And if you feel like you messed up, or aren't happy with how your piece is looking... just gesso over and keep layering. It just adds depth. I'm going to try the rubber band/brayer idea!

01.4.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

Love this journal page! I was looking for new techniques and your page popped up. I will be trying this soon!

10.13.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Thykeson

Verry good ideea. Beatiful!!!

01.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCriss

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>