An Art Journaling Page for the Birds

A guest post by Carolyn Dube


This art journal page is for the birds. This is my way to thank them for all the wonderful songs they’ve been chirping around here lately.


This art journal page is a hodge podge of everything built up over time.

  • A bit of a Gelli print on the top.
  • Heat embossed circles buried under the layers of paint.
  • A  scrap of notebook paper.
  • Layer after layer of paint.

This was headed nowhere in particular until I had some stenciled purple birds on deli paper sitting on my counter. Leftovers from playing with the Nature Notes stencil. But it needed more…I wanted a touch of pattern but not a lot….so I used a stencil.

Which one? A building stencil of the Paris Opera House. That let me get some subtle color and pattern onto the page.


I used the windows on the bottom and I used the little row of splots from the roof on the top right.

Look at the stencils you have and see if you can use just part of it for a very different impact than if you use the entire stencil.


Using a fine tipped paint applicator I added some writing around the bird. Thanks again, my feathered friends, for all the great notes you have shared lately!

You can find the stencils Carolyn used here:

Nature Notes Birds

Paris Opera House


Carolyn Dube is an art adventurer and educator. Get in touch with the creativity inside yourself as she inspires with entertaining tutorials that invite you to play and laugh along side her. Join Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products.

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One Response to An Art Journaling Page for the Birds

  1. jean says:

    Carolyn – you make it look so effortless. Love the colors in this and the white writing!