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Zentangle Journal Bookplate

For all you book lovers and journal keepers out there, this post is for you! Not a book lover? No worries, I’ve got 2 card designs with some selective inking too! 

Zentangle® Bookplate with Altenew Book Club Stamp & Selective Inking with Altenew Wallpaper Art

This post has 2 very different projects and videos as the stamp sets inspired me in completely different ways.

Selective Inking with Altenew Wallpaper Art Stamp Set

If you made your way here from the lovely Enza Gudor’s blog, then you’re right on track! Come on in and stay a while. Be sure to leave a comment below for the giveaway.

UPDATE: Giveaway winner will be posted on the Altenew Blog 3/23/19.

Altenew March 2019 Blog Hop + Giveaway

Let’s get started! There are lots of great sets in the Altenew March 2019 Release. We’re using two of them today, Book Club and Wallpaper Art. 

Journal Bookplate

As you may know, I’m a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), and my Altenew Academy class, Zentangle® for Cardmakers was live last week. All the incredible artwork in the student gallery and the Book Club Stamp Set inspired me to decorate my journal.

Zen Gem with Altenew Book Club Stamp Set

I created this custom bookplate in my Zentangle® journal over a period of several days. The video below is focused on the watercoloring and pencil coloring of the Book Club image, including how to use Vaseline to blend color pencils.

I’ll list all the colors used, here in the blog, and the coloring technique can be found in the video.

I started by stamping the Book Club centerpiece and tangling with patterns: purk, mooka, & tipple. 

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers

Flowers & Ribbons





Evening Gray

Prismacolor Pencils


Light Peach PC927, Permanent Red PC122, & Raspberry PC1030


White  PC938, Cream PC914, Light Peach PC927, Salmon Pink PC926, Carmine Red PC926, Permanent Red PC122, Raspberry PC1030, & Dark Umber PC947


Limepeel PC1005 & Kelp Green PC1090


Dark Umber PC947 & Raspberry PC1030


Dark Umber PC947 & Limepeel 1005

A white gel pen was used to add highlights to the gem and fill in the tipple.

Zen Gem with Altenew Book Club Stamp Set

This project was more lengthy than I anticipated, but I love the outcome with the watercolor underpainting, added contrast of the color pencils, and that gem!

Selective Inking

Switching gears and color palettes we are moving on to a set of 2 cards with Wallpaper Art Stamp & Die Bundle.  These flowers are large, gorgeous, and remind me of anemones. 

I wanted to create white anemones with deep, dark centers. I think the centers aren’t black, but more of a mix of dark blues and purples. So that’s what I set out to create.

Selective Inking Altenew Wallpaper Art Stamp & Die Bundle

I’m trying out Saunders Waterford High White Rough Watercolor paper for the first time. This paper is a result of my search for a bright white watercolor paper. While it’s no Neenah Solar White, it’s definitely whiter than traditional watercolor paper.

Watch the video to see the selective inking & embossing technique.

I treated the paper with antistatic powder tool and inked up the stamps with Altenew Embossing Ink. Next, I added Andromeda & Desert Night Crisp Dye Inks to the center of the flowers with ink daubers.

Selective Inking Close UP

There wasn’t enough ink transfer with the first stamping, the daubers weren’t getting juicy enough. So I sprayed the daubers with water and re-inked. This provided deeper coverage with the ink wicking up the outlines of the petals a bit.

I liked the look of that do decided to ink up the stamp outlines with leftover ink on the daubers.

Selective Inking Altenew Wallpaper Art Stamp & Die Bundle

This added the loveliest, light, multicolor outline. I wanted to add a touch of shadow with watercolor brush markers, but didn’t want to reactivate the stamped ink, so I embossed the images with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder.

I watered down a mixture of Industrial Diamond & Caribbean Sky from the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set to shade the flowers. I used a mixture of Desert Night Crisp Dye Ink and Industrial Diamond to watercolor to the leaves.

Selective Inking Altenew Wallpaper Art Stamp & Die Bundle

I popped up some pieces of Enchanting Washes paper on an A2 sized piece of watercolor paper and stamped a sentiment in Desert Night ink. After adhering the floral images I added watercolor splatter and dew drops and called it done.

I hope you enjoyed these projects today and feel inspired to give some of these techniques a try. I’d never tried the Vaseline trick or spaying the ink daubers before, so if you try those out or have other tips let me know in the comments below. 

As always products are listed below along with the next stop on the hop and giveaway information! Get creative and Breathe · Ink · Inspire



Comment on my post by 3/19 for your chance to win a $20 gift card to Altenew! Altenew will also choose 6 winners from the comments on their Card or Scrapbooking blog to win $50 to shop Altenew. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Blogs on 3/23/19.

Next Stop

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Agnieszka Malyszek and the full list can be found on the Altenew Card Blog.

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  1. Your pencil work is outstanding. I am so very impressed. I thought you actually added a layer of glossy accents to the center of the bookplate. It actually looks that shiny! The time and effort you invested in your projects is so obvious! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks you so much Rozy! That’s so nice to hear! You know I hadn’t thought of glossy accents but that’s a great idea!!

  2. Sheila Bacon says:

    What simply gorgeous cards and such an eye-catching bookplate. I’ve bookmarked your video so that I can rewatch it and pick up some ideas for coloring. You are so talented!

  3. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    wow! luv the depth of color you achieved on the bookplate

  4. Annette Reed says:

    I am blown away! These are absolutely gorgeous! I want to learn to zentangle. Any suggestions on classes besides the one you did with Altenew? Your coloring is beautiful and I really enjoyed the videos. I think I could have watched you color the entire bookplate in regular time. I love these!!!!

  5. Stacey Kowbel says:

    Gorgeous cards and I love your bookplate!

  6. Annalisa Young says:

    These are some gorgeous projects. I’m so impressed with how cohesive you made the bookplate, and what a fabulous idea to make the center a gem! And the colors you chose for your cards are perfect, especially against the bold white. Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Beverly Jordan says:

    Two sensational projects and truly amazing depth of inks! Love the new Wallpaper art image and how you added to it with the doodles to make this amazing Zentangle bookplate!! Gorgeous! Am learning so much from you and can’t wait to learn more!!!
    Beverly Jordan

  8. Karthikha Balasubramanian says:

    Fantastic work!! Love them! 🙂

  9. Awesome way to use that Book Club stamp, Amber, and I love the tangling. And I can do that now—-whoo hoo! Such a perfect stamp for it…..I don’t think I would have thought of this on my own. The Wallpaper Art cards are stunning, too. Waiting for mine to arrive in the mail! Thanks for your inspiration here!

  10. Nandini Karmarkar says:

    Wow! Thanks for the awesome inspiration, Amber! Love the way you have added Zentangle details to your project. Looks absolutely stunning!

  11. Mindy Drummond says:

    WOW inspiration galore here Amber! Your Zentangle® journal bookplate is beyond amazing and yes….that jewel – scrumptious! Your Wallpaper Art cards are gorgeous. I’m getting ready to watch your video and expect I will refer back to it a few times in the near future lol. Thank you for sharing all 3 projects and for the amazing inspiration. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

  12. Lynda McCall White says:

    All your projects are gorgeous! You’re much more of an artist than me. lol

  13. Lynda McCall White says:

    I adore the color combo you used so much that I’ve pinned it so I’ll remember to try it myself!

  14. Bonnie Eng says:

    I am sorry – but your bookplate is so fabulous, I would totally want to keep it!!!!

  15. Dana Marsolek says:

    Wow! Gorgeous projects. The bookplate journal is beyond stunning. Amazing work.

  16. Kandice Johnson says:

    I’m definitely watching this video! The coloring is so beautiful, from the colors you chose to the technique. Awesome job. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  17. Maryam Crafter says:

    Lots of love and hard work you put into these projects .. Amazing amber . Love all these details and the design..

  18. Kelly Kuharik says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  19. jeanmarmo says:

    Such gorgeous cards highlighting this fabulous release! Love the new ink colors!

  20. Elizabeth B says:

    Amber your cards are over the top amazing! That gemstone is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. Your second two cards are equally cool! You are so darn talented!! Love your stuff.

  21. Elizabeth B says:

    Amber your cards are over the top amazing! That gemstone is so beautiful and the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. Your second two cards are also very cool. You are so talented!! Love your stuff!

  22. Teri Spracklin says:

    Oh my gosh, these are both STUNNING! And thank you for the tip on the vaseline technique!

  23. Heather Mills says:

    Your bookplate is SO GORGEOUS!!! Wow! I am just in awe! And your cards are beautiful!

  24. Brithzi Sandy says:

    Gorgeous projects! Your bookplate is amazing! Thank you for providing the videos.

  25. Brithzi Sandy says:

    Gorgeous projects! The bookplate is amazing. Thank you for providing the videos.

  26. Twylla Smith says:

    I am in awe of your talent.

  27. Shannon Horch says:

    your creations with the Wallpaper Art is just amazing! I love it!

  28. Love the bookplate! So unique!

  29. Rose Mary Smalley says:

    Beautiful job on the bookplate…and this Book Club stamp set is just lovely…thank you so much for sharing.

  30. Linda Anderson says:

    Great projects made with the Altenew new release products. Thanks for the tips and coloring shown in both of the videos. Truly beautiful designs! TFS.

  31. Amber, the bookplate you’ve designed is rock star! It amazes me how someone can just seemingly start doodling & end up with something stunning. My brain doesn’t work that way at all. lol I also adore your cards. The Wallpaper Art Stamp, along with the Stencil Masks are my very favourites of this immense release. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  32. Kathy Ferguson says:

    I love your gorgeous bookplate you created. It is stunning. Your cards are very pretty. Thanks for inspiring me.

  33. Cheryl Rigney says:

    Your cards and bookplate are absolutely gorgeous!! I enjoyed your videos and seeing how everything came together. Your gem looks so dimensional. It’s quite stunning!! Thank you for all of the time and effort put into these projects.

  34. Carol Rossouw says:

    Beautiful and unique projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

  35. Sheri Kempke says:

    Love the bookplate–such a great idea to put in our journals too! Gorgeous cards, Altenew has a great new release.

  36. Angie Hollins says:

    I love the Altenew release!!! I can’t wait to get my order. Thank you for sharing some beautiful inspiration!!!

  37. Jenny Nus says:

    Wow! Stunning projects! Thankyou for sharing your amazing work via process videos.

  38. Debra Rumpza says:

    Oh my! I’m intrigued by your zen tangle! Beautiful!

  39. Amber, I’m totally in love with your custom bookplate project. After seeing it on IG yesterday, I was inspired to doodle moocas to form a square frame. Still not finished my homework of the last two classes, the shoulder has slowed things for me. Have a great day!

  40. Thordis Døgg says:

    Gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  41. Cynthia Cole says:

    Love your journal bookplate! I’ve never heard of using vaseline with colored pencils. Thanks for the tip.

    1. Hi Cynthia! So glad I could share something that’s “new” to you. I hope you have fun with it!

  42. That bookplate is awesome!! It is incredibly colored.

  43. Janis Godwin Spear says:

    The gem is absolutely wonderful. I think it is possibly the most beautiful thing I have seen. Thank you for sharing your ideas.
    The cards are really pretty too.
    Have a lovely day.

    1. Oh, Janis that’s so nice of you to say!!! You’ll have to give it a whirl. Tag me when you post it. I can’t wait to see what you create!

  44. Kristen Snoozy says:

    Amazing projects, I’ve been looking for another bright white watercolor paper as well. Appreciate your tips!

  45. Denise Bryant says:

    Such pretty projects! Love the gorgeous Wallpaper Art set!

  46. snazzy jj says:

    Beautiful cards and bookplate and wonderful coloring techniques. Love these new Altenew Wallpaper Art stamps.

  47. Anna Mahtani says:

    The bookplate is absolutely amazing! And the gem! Wow.. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us 😊

  48. Kirsty Vittetoe says:

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing with us on this blog hop!!

  49. annieEmily says:

    Stunning cards and bookplate!

  50. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Wow, your Zentagle on the Book Club stamp is gorgeous, and I love the water color technique for the backgrounds on the lovely Wallpaper Art flowers, so elegant.

  51. Your coloring on your journal page is so dramatic and gorgeous! I love it!

  52. Fab designs Amber! Thanks for the tips on color blending with Vaseline, I have yet to try it, I am always afraid to mess it up. Love the background you created behind those gorgeous flowers. Thanks for the inspiration!

  53. Just incredible backgrounds with the blue and purple! I LOVE IT!

    1. Thank you! You can have these lovely backgrounds too. They’re from Altenew Enchanting Washes Paper Pack. Easy peasy!

  54. Jenrescuemama says:

    Love the muted blue & purple backgrounds with the white flowers. So stunning!

    1. Thank you! Check out the Altenew Enchanting Washes Paper Pack. I used those for the backgrounds. Super quick and easy!

  55. Shraddha Tefft says:

    So pretty! I can’t wait to catch your video to see how it was all done!

  56. Your Zentangle Book Club piece is obviously a labor of love. I awed by the shading you acheived on the Wall Paper flowers, too.

  57. Cindy Chiu says:

    Wow that first card with the tangling is impressive!! It adds so much visual interest!! And the other cards are lovely!!

  58. Oh, Amber, this is just beautiful. I, too, am a CZT, and love how you combine Zentangle with your gorgeous cards. The bookplate is awesome. I want one of those!

    1. Thank you so much Roseanne! I recognize your name for sure!! So happy to hear that a fellow CZT enjoyed these projects! I never really know how they’ll be taken since they’re not traditional Zentangle.

  59. Kim Walker says:

    These are GORGEOUS!! I am in awe of your talent!! Beautiful projects!!

  60. Lynnell Irving says:

    I love your techniques! I’ve gotta take your class!! Just beautiful–that bookplate…WOW!

  61. Kelsey Thomas says:

    These are beautiful!

  62. Helen Kalb says:

    All projects are lovely Amber, I must take your class!
    I do adore the two cards and love the vibrant colored backgrounds, well done!

  63. BrendaLea Abbott says:

    Oh my gosh! Your bookplate is stunning! Absolutely stunning! Well worth the time it took. Your cards are awesome!

  64. elsmith2005 says:

    Wow! I’m absolutely blown away by both of these projects! And totally inspired to go give it a try myself <3

  65. Wonderful details on the bookplate and great techniques on the beautiful floral cards.

  66. Sandra Stein says:

    These cards so incredibly different. Great ideas.

  67. Dee Earnshaw says:

    oh my, I was blown away by your first card – the colors and the design literally POPPED of the page – thanks for sharing:)