Simple and Fun Visual Journal Background with Briana

Hello Everyone,

I hope this post finds you well. I have been getting back into visual journaling again. Although I have been playing in my journals for years, I don’t always write about my life. It’s time for me to bring that back. I still will be creating fun backgrounds before I do the writing/journaling part because backgrounds are my favorite!

Today’s post is a quick tutorial for making a fun background page in your visual journal that you can then add a photo from your life (i.e. photo + washi tape), or some writing about your day, etc.


Supplies Used

Step 1:

Use 2-3 matte acrylic paint colors and scrape them across your pages with an old plastic card.

Step 2:

Choose one of your favorite Artistcellar stencils; I am using the “Arrow” stencil from the Traditional Japanese Series.

Step 3:

Using a stamp pad like Staz On, rub some color over the stencil and into the openings. TIP-Do this gently as to not chew up your stamp pad.

Step 4:

Use a baby wipe to spread that ink into the spaces of the stencil. Remove the stencil and have a look.


Step 5:

Find an interesting stamp and a black stamp pad.

Step 6:

Create a border on the top and bottom of your page.

Now your page is all set for you to add a personal photo, or to do some journaling about your life!

Way to go!

I hope you have tons of fun in your visual journal!

Sending Blessings,


P.S. I am teaching Getting Started with Visual Journaling at Wet Paint in St. Paul, Minnesota. The next available class will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019. See the Events section on the Wet Paint site for more information and to register.

Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


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