New Year Art Journal Spread with Briana

Greetings to you, and Happy New Year!

It’s 2019, which feels sort of surreal! Time keeps on moving forward, right?

Today, I invite you to make an art journal spread that reflects who you are and what you’d like to bring into your life.

Here are the supplies I am using:

  • Rag and Bone Bindery Large Journal
  • Jill K. Berry –Map Art Series stencils
  • Dylusions Ink Sprays
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cosmetic Wedge
  • Sakura Pigma Pen
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Ink Pads
  • Mermaid Markers by Jane Davenport
  • Letter Stickers
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Sakura Koi Waterbrush
  • Paper Towel Roll

Step 1:

Use spray ink to get your background going.

Step 2:

Choose some stencils with themes that inspire you.

Below is the “Angel Cartouche” from Jill K. Berry’s Map Art Series.

Tip: I made the mistake of putting the face in a dark area, so maybe take a look at your placement before you stencil a face!

Step 3:

Create a block of color using acrylic paint. Then use a cosmetic wedge to apply paint through the stencil.

Step 4:

Add additional stencils with acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge. You can also use a pencil to trace through your stencils, and then color that space in with markers.

Step 5:

Use a permanent pen to do some journal writing.

Step 6:

Add some colorful letter stickers to spell out words that sing to you.

Step 7:

Use stamps and ink pads to add more symbols to your pages.

Step 8:

Take a photo of your journal spread so far. Squint your eyes to see the light and dark areas.

Finish off your page by adding some watercolor, water to the spray ink areas (they react to water), and anything else to tie things together.

The most important thing is that your art journal pages feel good to you. Do they represent the things you love? Do you see colors that make you happy? Are there symbols that sing to your soul? If so, then you’ve done it! You’re awesome and creative!

Thank you for being here.

Sending Blessings,

Briana of


Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


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