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Beat The Ugly Stage Of Art Journaling Now

Beat the ugly stage of art journaling. The ugly stage of art, you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. Sometimes it’s hard to push through and get past the ugly. Here’s how with a little washi tape, gel printing, and embossing paste.

Beat The Ugly Stage Of Art Journaling

You know I love me some washi tape! The Washi Tape Shop was kind enough to send me some new items to play with and I’m delighted to share. Many thanks!

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Gel Print Backgrounds

My mixed media art journaling started off well with one of my favorite techniques, gel printing. Gel printing quickly adds a base layer of color to the background. I gel printed two pages with a 5 x 7 Gel Press. The art journal pages measure 5.75 x 8.25-inches, leaving a lovely white border.

Gel printing art journal backgrounds
Gel print backgrounds with 5 x 7 Gel Press

The Ugly Stage

Yeah, then things got ugly. Truthfully, I think this is a personal thing that’s all in my head, but I struggle with brown. I’m all good with brown in the background, but as a focal point, Nah, not so much.

The UGLY Stage of Art Journaling
The Ugly Stage

I wasn’t feeling the doodling I did with a brown Pitt Artist maker. So, I slept on it and came back in the morning with a new plan to beat the ugly stage of art journaling.

Beat the Ugly Stage of Art Journaling

Of course, if you want to know the deets, you gotta watch this short art journaling video. Including, clever coverups and trying something new with alcohol ink.

I didn’t mention this in the video, but I brayered white and lavender paint over the stickers and washi tape. The pristine stickers and washi tape looked out of place with the heavily distressed background.

So, a light layer of paint assisted the cohesiveness of the piece. It’s all about building layers.

Beat the Ugly Stage of Art Journaling
It’s busy, but I dig the new direction this page took.
This one is light and airy like a fairy garden.

More Washi Tape Inspiration

If you’re only using washi tape to seal your envelopes, then you’re missing out. Need more ideas? Check out these creative cards with unique petal washi tape.

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you’ve found inspiration to beat the ugly stage of art journaling or any art for that matter. See you soon!

Art Supplies

Art supplies used in today’s post are linked below. Affiliate links are used when able. As an affiliate of Amazon.com and companies like The Washi Tape Shop, I earn a small commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!

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  1. Teri Smith says:

    Amber, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a video of yours & it’s a lovely surprise to come across this one. I’m just dipping my toes into art journaling & I really enjoyed this video. I’m also venturing into gel printing as well so this was a two for one inspiration for me. I’m going to subscribe as I’ve always found your videos informative & the end results always give me inspiration. Thanks & blessings from the west coast of BC.

  2. Loved the video and watching the process. Thanks for all the tips!

  3. Holy smokes! This day has been a technical nightmare. This post/video was meant for next week. Unfortunately, the newsletter I sent this morning was for this post. The good news is you get two post/videos in one day. Enjoy!