Industrial Grunge Art Journal Page

Hi Folks and welcome back to my blog.


Today’s post is a 6×6 inch art journal page, inspired by a stamp set by AALL & Create.  I chose to use just the circle image, as well as Dream and Imagine.  I wanted a grungy look to this piece and am really happy with the tarnished metal effect that I got using acrylic ink sprays that I made.



I am using Ranger watercolour cardstock as by base for this page.  I did not apply any gesso to the page first.


Ok, grab and cuppa and here we go:


Step 1

Texture – I chose a TCW stencil called “Riveted”, to give a bit of an industrial look to the page.


Step 2

Whilst the texture paste was drying I made up my acrylic paint spritzers.  To do this, I used 3 Mini Misters from Ranger.  The recipe for the spray is one third paint and two thirds water.   Then shake them well to mix the 2 together.  The paints I used were Metallic Bronze from Docrafts, Mermaid Sparkle from Prima’s Art Alchemy range and Teal Metallic by Pentart.  I the spritzed over the page, using a bit of water to help the colours blend more easily.  I applied the spritzes in 3 layers, drying thoroughly in between each layer.


At this point the page was uber shiny (temporary blindness when the sun hit it kind of shiny).  I wanted a more worn metallic look, so I used some Sea Spray (light aqua) paint by Docrafts and added touches around the page, smoothing it out with my finger to get a bit of a patina finish.


Step 3

Time for some stamping.  I used Jet Black StazOn for this, as sometimes I have found that the ink can smear when stamping on acrylic paint, especially when it has a sheen to it and StazOn does exactly what it says on the tin (also smells like Battenberg, not that I advocate going round sniffing ink pads!)


This is the first time I have tried AALL & Create and I can definitely say it will not be the last time that I use them.  Really good quality stamps, which stamp perfectly.  They are also just a little bit different from a lot of the stamps on the market, which I like; I think we are always on the lookout for something unusual.


Step 4

Using the Sea Spray paint, I added a dash of water and added some splashes over the whole page to add some highlights.


Step 5

Now to do something with the border of the page.  Using Distress Oxides in Vintage Photo and Black Soot, along with a mini blending tool, I inked around the edges and also a bit over the raised areas of the texture paste, to make these areas pop a bit more and become more pronounced.  The last bit was to add some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown to add a touch of shimmer to the borders.


Step 6

I added some more texture, through the use of a couple of decorative brads from Prima and, suing my Crop-A-Dile, I added 2 eyelets before putting it into my ring-bound art journal.


I really like how it turned out – grungy and a bit of an industrial feel to it.  Quite a simple unfussy page; but, that is what I was in the mood for today.  I hope you liked it too.  If you did, please like the post and follow my page, for further ideas and inspiration in the future.


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Happy crafting, Gem x

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