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Thankful Art Journal Page Using Sunflower Paper Napkins

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Get your art journal travelers notebook and planners ready for autumn with this relaxing paper napkin craft! Start with a meaningful quote that is special to you, choose our Sunflower Postcard Paper Napkins and you are ready to get creative!

Taking some time to create something beautiful is both fulfilling and rewarding. Plus you get to immerse yourself in all your craft supplies! It was so much fun to just keep layering and layering until I was satisfied!

When I want to create a mixed media journal page, I typically reach for my standard size travelers notebook from Planner Perfect. The paper quality is amazing and holds up to all the mediums I’ve used on them. It comes with 80 sheets of 24 pound journaling paper and even holds up to most pens and markers.

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This is my second mixed media art journal page created using paper napkins. Be sure to check out my first art journal page using our American Flag decoupage paper napkins. It’s quite unforgettable and I’m totally in love with it.

When I started this sunflower postcard journal page I had no specific direction I was going with it other than I wanted to use these sunflower postcard paper napkins. I also wanted to include the quote, “begin each day with a thankful heart” because it spoke to me at that time.

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I used a variety of techniques and while parts of this art project didn’t quite come out like I pictured in my head; I do still love the end result. Sometimes as you work with a project, such as this, and you’re not 100% happy with it you just have to keep adding elements until you are satisfied.

My key tip for all art journal pages is to layer, layer, and layer! Now let’s dive in.

Thankful Heart Sunflower Postcard Journal Page

While you won’t know all of the supplies you’ll end up using, there are some essentials you’ll need to get your page started. For example, the paper napkin, mod podge, a brush to apply the mod podge, etc..

As you can see there was no shortage of supplies used to create this page. All you have to do is check out the supplies list below to know what I’m talking about. But that’s what gives this page so much dimension.

For this project I did try another mod podge that was specifically for paper. Did it work better than regular mod podge? That’s debatable. I feel like I’m doing something wrong because my napkins always bubble and some corners don’t always stick down.


Separate Napkin Layers

To get started you’ll need to separate the paper napkin layers. Sometimes napkins are 3 layers, other times, 2 layers. Once you have the napkin separated, the only layer you will be work with is the top layer which is the printed sheet with the image(s).

There are two ways to isolate the image that you’re planning to use in your design. The first way is to simply and gently tear the napkin.

The second method uses water. All you do is wet a paint brush to delicately run a border around the image you want to isolate. By using this technique, you will have better control over what is included from the image. This is especially helpful if the image has a lot of detailing.


Adhere Napkin To Page

Once you decide how you want the napkin on the page, you’ll need to adhere it to the page. But before doing that decide if you want the napkin to have either some color or print behind it. If the napkin has white space and you adhere it to a white page, there will be “blank” area that you’ll need to fill in…or leave it as it is!

Use mod podge to adhere the napkin to the page. It’s best to first put a generous layer of mod podge on the page and then lay the napkin down. Then use more mod podge over the top of the napkin to smooth it out and seal it to the page. After the page is completely dry, now you are ready to layer your elements.


Apply Gesso

There are two kinds of gesso I use -clear and white. Clear gesso will give your page some grit or “tooth” as it’s called; while white gesso is great for adding white or light areas to your page. It’s also great for mixing with acrylic paint. Both types of gesso will give you a good base to start adding layers.

For my page, I used white gesso just on the parts of the page that was not covered by the napkin. I didn’t need to cover the whole page because the journal book I use is a good quality paper and will easily hold various mediums.


Add Acrylic Paint Colors

Once you have a good base on your page, you can start adding in acrylic paint colors. You can apply them using a brush, a sponge, a dauber or really anything that will give you the effect you are working towards. Don’t be afraid here to “get wild”. If you mess up, no problem! Simply use white gesso to cover it up and start again.

It was at this stage that I also added in the green “leaves”. I say that loosely because they were supposed to look like leaves and they ended up looking like green globs. To tidy them up, I added some gold acrylic paint in the shape of a leaf in each green area.

Still not satisfied, I then used my brown micron 01 archival ink pen to draw a leaf pattern offset from the other two leaf elements.


Get Stamping

The next layer you can add is rubber stamping. I used acrylic stamps from Close To My Heart. They work perfectly and I love how easy they are to clean and store. Since I already had some sunflower stamps, I chose those to add into my page.


Use Stencils

Using stencils is a great way to give dimension to your journal pages. I chose to use the Tim Holtz burlap stencil with some texture paste to create some dimension. You simply use the craft spatula, grab up some texture paste and run it along the stencil. Wipe up any excess.

I just love this stencil and used it to create my October journal intro page. The plan by using this stencil was to hopefully detract from those green globs.

After the texture paste dried, I used bronze acrylic paint over the tops of the burlap stencil.


Create a Flip Up Journal Space

As the page was getting filled I wondered where I would journal on it, or even if I wanted to journal on this page. It’s not a requirement to journal on every page you create. But, I did have a quote stamp I wanted to use because as the page developed it took on an autumn or fall feel to it. That quote reads, “begin each day with thankful heart”.

I decided to create a small journaling space by placing some torn brown craft paper on the page and folded it in half. Then I used the banner style acrylic stamp from the same sunflower stamp set with Tim Holtz mowed grass (green) ink stamp. My most favorite part was using an embossing kit with the quote stamp with gold embossing powder. I’ve had that kit forever and just hadn’t used it. But, today was the day that changed and now I’m hooked!


Create Leaf Die Cuts

The last step in creating this art journal page was to use a leaf shaped acrylic stamp to create some die cuts that I scattered between the two pages. This journal page is now finished and ready for a short memory or journal note.

Did you make this Thankful Journal Page?

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Want to create your own mixed media sunflower postcard napkin page? You can now purchase a set of these sunflower postcard napkins in the BTD Shop and the product is linked above (stock is limited).

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