Zen Dreams – Art Journal Page

Helloooo!!!  I hope that you are all well and had a lovely Easter.


I was not planning on doing anything much today at all.  However, best laid plans and all – I was browsing through Pinterest and there were a lot of tutorials and inspiration about Zentangle.  This is something I have wanted to have a go at for quite a while, and there was a page in my art journal that had been prepared with Distress Oxide inks and was crying out for a focal image.  I figured that I could do Zentangle curled up on the sofa catching up with some shows on Netflix and eating my Easter Egg.  So that is what I did!!!


I can see why this hobby is so popular – I was really calm just creating patterns for an hour or so.  I will definitely be doing more of this in the future.


The background for this page was created by blending Distress Oxides in “Salty Ocean” and “Bundled Sage” using a mini blending tool before adding splashes of water and then blotting the excess water off.  I then added some stamping with a script stamp and “Garden Patina” Archival ink.


To start the dream-catcher design, I drew circles with a compass and a pencil, before going over thee with a Pigma Micron pen.


There is not a huge amount to say about how the page came together.  I drew the patterns freehand, apart from adding some stitched circles from a stamp set that I had in my stash and thought this would break up the heavily patterned design nicely.


I stamped the word “dreams” using a Tim Holtz stamp set called “Worn Text”.  I did not want it to look as distressed as it does with this stamp set, so I went over the letters with the black Pigma Micron pen to fill in the gaps.


Using the “Small Talk” sticker book from Tim Holtz, I chose the quote “Hold on tight to your dreams”.  I cut the words out individually and edged with black ink before outlining with the black Micron pen.  I chose not to use the word dreams from this word sticker, as I had already stamped that word onto the page.


I added some highlights using my white Signo gel pen on the word “dreams” and other elements of the page.  I also added some clear Wink of Stella over “dreams” and the word stickers for a bit of sparkle; before adding “Star Dust” Stickles glitter glue to certain areas as well.  The final touch was the apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the edges of the page to create a border.


I hope that you enjoyed this blog post.  If you did, please be sure to like the post and follow me on here for more ideas and inspiration.  If you are on social media, I can be found on Facebook and also on Instagram.


Have a good week, crafty hugs, Gem x

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