Tree Art Journal Page: Day 2

The completed page

  •  I painted a scallop design and a tree with gesso. The stawberry was drawn on a scap piece of card with my micron pen


  •  Next I outlined the scallops and tree with micron pens and stabillo black pencil crayon. I also used Derwent Sketching pencil (light wash). I painted the tree trunk with acrylics and water color pencil crayons 


  • I glued down the text with a glue stick, painted the strawberry with twinkling H2O’s, cut it out and also glued it down.


  • Now came the fun part adding more acrylic paint to the tree to create leaves. I used some Walnut ink dabber to tone down the words and also to add an antique effect to the scallop. I added words to the tree with micron pens. I added a flourish to the side with my pens. With a bit of washed down paint I created a block below the strawberry so I could write my words and have them show up a wee bit better. Using the pen I added a few more embellishments. Did you notice I used the “jack” design in the lefthand corner? A few weeks ago I was staring at my bedding and noticed a pattern I liked and decided to use it in a journal page one day! Voila! I did!


If you are wondering about the thinking process behind “hang up your sunshine” here it is: Originally I thought I’d add small sunshines hanging all over the tree (to make the random phrase make sense). But then I thought hanging up your sunshine is a way to create your own happiness – pay attention to and hang up whatever makes you happy – the simple things. I just happen to like strawberries and a few of them were lying on the counter as I was about to make yogurt, granola and fruit for lunch. So the strawberry found it’s way there and also I have enjoyed hugging and touching one particular tree in the local park so this was a way to pay tribute to the tree.

I hope you have played along with me and if you did post a link to your journal page (whether its on your blog or on your flickr site) for us to see! Thanks! Xo

The Upstart Crow Art Journaling class

I am teaching a class tomorrow at the Upstart Crow called Journal Bliss – it’s all about Art Journaling step by step. There are still a few spaces left so check out the link if you are interested! Should be a fun class.

There is another great article up on the Meylah blog about taking shots of your artful products. I know that I have struggled with taking photos and making my art look as interesting as possible. Check it out! You might need some pointers for your etsy shop or just for taking more interesting photos to post on your blog.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Love, Violette xoxo

9 Comments on Tree Art Journal Page: Day 2

  1. susie
    April 23, 2010 at 10:52 am (10 years ago)

    I love your new site. Your work is totally inspirational and your Journal Bliss book sits out on my worktable as an inspiration. I am still very new to art journaling, well, journaling period. I am stretching my wings and love to see what you have to share.

  2. tinker
    April 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm (10 years ago)

    I like the page, Violette – especially like the message about creating your own happiness.

  3. alice
    April 24, 2010 at 1:15 am (10 years ago)

    Wow! love the new site….will start looking through it now but still Wow! Well done !

  4. Julie
    April 24, 2010 at 7:28 am (10 years ago)

    The response you are getting to your new blog is exciting! Your blog readers are patient and understand that you cannot reply to all e-mails. It’s okay! Keep going with the flow at your own pace.

    Thanks for the recent background idea of applying gesso (over the paints which have been smoothed about with an old card).

    Another feature of the new blog is getting to see the other artists’ work as they follow your art ideas and instructions.

    Looking forward to a creative day!

  5. Janet
    April 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm (10 years ago)

    Love your new blog!! It looks great and I’m able to add it to my google reader list so I can keep up with you now.

    Your art is always so happy and bright….it makes me smile.

  6. Giggles
    April 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm (10 years ago)

    Good for you Violette, getting your new blog on your old address!!! Yeah…..I’m impressed!!! Love the new blog!! Easy commenting! Great journal page!

    I agree, you really do have to hang your own sunshine and create your own happiness. Funny how that is so different for everyone!!! Glad I can read you on google reader now!!!

    Never worry about replying, very few do.

    Hugs Giggles

  7. Foossyzep
    June 27, 2010 at 7:52 am (10 years ago)

    Hi guys,

    What online zines do you read and would recommend? I am a crazy fan of punkrock.

    For all you rockabilly people out there I recommend The Enough Fanzine. It is one of the first hardcore fanzines on the internet.

    They have throusands of reviews from the most popular bands all over the world. Check them out online: [url=]Enough Fanzine[/url]. Best of it all, they are 100% non-profit and just helping the scene!

    Looking forward to your recommendations.


  8. Dale Anne Potter
    December 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm (10 years ago)

    Violette – I LOVE trees & will be trying this background!
    GREAT Blog!!


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