Finding my creative mojo using art journaling

Finding my creative mojo using art journaling

Finding my creative mojo using art journaling 650 455 Consie Sindet

It seems my creative mojo is still on summer vacation! It has been seriously frustrating but I know that if I just get to my studio and start playing with my supplies and try some art journaling, it can definitely help!

Halloween art journal page using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • AtopSerenityHill.com #stencil #artjournaling #halloweenAs a member of the Crafter’s Workshop design team, I just received all of the new Summer 2015 stencils. So I dug into the collection to see if I could find some inspiration! With the fall weather starting, I guess Halloween was on my mind! Below I’ve shared all of the different ways I used the stencils to make this art journal page.

Halloween art journal page using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • AtopSerenityHill.com #stencil #artjournaling #halloweenI started with the 12×12 Spiderweb stencil and a few neon sprays in my Dylusions journal. I first sprayed through the stencil and then flipped the stencil over to use the excess spray as a stamp.

Halloween art journal page using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • AtopSerenityHill.com #stencil #artjournaling #halloweenTo add some texture, I used white modeling paste through the 12×12 Receipt stencil and let it dry. I then drybrushed the paste with black acrylic paint to grunge it up a bit.

Halloween art journal page using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • AtopSerenityHill.com #stencil #artjournaling #halloweenThe next two stencils to come out and play were the 12×12 Twig and Berries and the 12×12 Moving Vines. I used acrylic paint in greens and orange and a cosmetic sponge to add the color. Then added more details to the vines, leaves and berries with colored Sharpie markers.

Halloween art journal page using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • AtopSerenityHill.com #stencil #artjournaling #halloweenThe red flowers at the top of the vines were created with modeling paste tinted with red acrylic paint and the 6×6 Daisy Splash stencil. A couple white highlights with a paint marker helped them pop.

I then added ink from a black stamp pad all over the 6×6 Spiderweb stencil and stamped the stencil onto the page. It did not come out very sharp but it added to the grunge look of the page.

The final stencil used was the Sugar Skull bits. I used this stencil as a guide to trace around with a black Inktense pencil, softening all of the lines with a water brush.

Halloween art journal page using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • AtopSerenityHill.com #stencil #artjournaling #halloweenThe final step to tie the whole page together was adding in a large spiderweb with a black marker over the entire page. I did use the 12×12 Spiderweb stencil as a guide for line placement. I shaded under most of the lines with gray watercolor to create a sense of depth. I then added a few highlight lines and some journaling using a white gel pen to get out my frustration about trying to find my creative mojo.

Do you think I might have found a little inspiration with the new stencils? How do you deal with a lack of inspiration? I know many of us what love to hear how we all deal with this!

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14 comments
  • Erika N September 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Great fall-Halloween journal page. Love your writing in the web!

  • Phoenix Peacock September 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I love the many layers. In Colorado the spiders have been out in full force – so my yard still has splashes of color with all those spider webs – it looks just like your page!

  • Beth September 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Seeing how your Fall artwork came into being was just fascinating. I loved watching the process. Your painting is wonderful.

  • tracey fletcher king September 26, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    that is such a complex page, but it all hangs together so beautifully… if this is you with your mojo on holiday I am excited to see how it all works when it comes back !

    • Consie Sindet September 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, Tracey! I’m working on it! Some days it is hard to just find the time but I’m going to do a drawing challenge for October which should help!

  • Nicole/Beadwright September 26, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Halloween all year round for me. I really like this. Great design.

  • Jill Holmes September 28, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Wow! Very creative endeavor to use all of those stencils on the page and not end up with total chaos! I don’t think I could have done it. It looks great. I really like how you wrote on the strands of the web.

  • Melody October 2, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Wow! This looks pretty amazing to me. I still have so much to learn about art. I have encouraged my girls to start an art club for some of the home schooled kids in our area so we’ll all be learning together. I find the people in this area of Louisiana, in general, are more interested in outdoor sports than anything else but we have had a good response. Wish us luck!

    • Consie Sindet October 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Absolutely! I wish everyone the best luck! I’m still learning everyday. It is the only way to keep going and growing as a creative.

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