Facing Fear With Art Journaling

Happy weekend!  Hope you’re weekend is going great!  I’ve been wanting to start doing some art journaling again because I used to do lots of it years ago on a previous blog I had before this one.  The only one I had recently done was in 2020 on THIS POST.  For me, creating AJ pages gives the freedom to “explore” different media, use more of my stash or even TRY things that I would never do otherwise.  I’m always inspired with other people’s AJ pages, but just need to start doing it again!  It’s nothing that I would ever give away, it’s just something for me personally to create.  I find it’s a HUGE stress reliever too!

I’ve decided to play along with a couple of challenges.  (shown below post)  *One was about “adding a face” to your AJ page and something that I decided to do was to actually trace half of a face over some vellum paper. (I used a micro pen for tracing)  I don’t draw anything at all…which is why I love stamps!  So I had a go at “facing fear” to start this year with an AJ page!

As you can see, I’m making my own AJ book and there are actually 7 other finished pages underneath this one. These are the pages I had previously done and hadn’t kept up on my book.  The size is 6″ x 9″ and I always punch the holes at the top before I get started putting anything on it. (I’ve used heavy weight watercolor paper)  I wanted the face tracing to “show through” what was underneath, so I took ripped up strips from left over collage pieces I had previously made, I also added some text print and acrylic paint colors over it.  I’ve used DecoArt media fluid acrylics to blend colors and DecoArt media shimmer mister for some splatters.  I’ve also taken a stencil with some Taylored Expressions purple glitter Happy Medium gel paste in certain areas.  Once I’ve gotten the background build up a bit, I layered over the face tracing.  I wasn’t real happy with the crackling of the vellum, but it added some fun texture.

I also took one of those ripped collage pieces and stamped the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt with Archival Black ink and layered next to the vellum face with matte medium.  And since I’ve used matte medium to attach all of my elements, I took out my Faber-Castell Pitt big brush markers to add some color to the vellum tracing, around the edges of it and around the edges of the ripped stamped sentiment.  I took some foiled cardstock and die cut the “face fear” letters from an Altenew die set I had in my stash.  I also added some shading with my markers under the letters too.

In the close-up photo, you can see the bits of sparkle and shimmer on it a bit more!

Some of the words in the quote were doodled around using a micro pen.  I had a rub-on clock face in my stash, so I rubbed half of it on one place, moved it and rubbed the other half in another spot so as not to waste it.  I thought I needed to add a bit more shimmer, so I took some Art Alchemy Sparks acrylic paint and brushed it on randomly in places.  I love the pretty shimmer of this paint!  (You can really see it around the edges in the top photo)

Something a bit different from me today, but hope you’ve enjoyed it or been inspired in some way!  I’m hoping to try to create a page each month.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great rest of your weekend!


  1. *Art Journal Journey – Let’s Face It!
  2. Country View – A Year to Sparkle & Shine
  3. Mixed Media Lovers – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. Try it On Tuesday – Add a Quote

31 thoughts on “Facing Fear With Art Journaling

  1. This is such a great piece of art work for your journal! I love the message indicated on this page and your creation is an inspiration for everyone. As I’ve aged, I learned that living in fear is not the way I choose to live. I love the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt and love how you put this whole thing together! Beautiful work with a great message too!


  2. Love this and so glad you shared it! I’ve done a bit of art journaling in the past and ended up throwing the book away because the pages warped so badly, probably because of too much ‘schtuff’ on the pages, lol! I plan to get another book and go at it in a different fashion. Thanks for the inspiration, my friend! Your page is awesome!


  3. This is fabulous Vicki! Nice to see you experimenting and having fun with your creativity. Every detail is wonderful, the sentiment is perfect for this page and did you mean for the face to look like you-it definitely does dear friend.


  4. I’m glad you took some chances and made a journal page Vicki. Your face came out great. That was a good idea to do some tracing. And it is fun to use some supplies, or try them out. Thanks for sharing with us at Art Journal Journey and also Try It On Tuesday with that great quote. I hope you experiment some more and come back again. Hugs-Erika


  5. Beautifully created! I love your vellum face with the text peeking through. Wonderful colors, great sentiment, love your die cuts, and I bet IRL the shimmer is awesome in real life! Fabulous!


  6. Wonderful fun and meaningful page Vicki..great colours, love the image,never thought to trace, so thank for sharing that great idea and one I will really use, and I love the quote, it is so true..great job, love it..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  7. A fabulous journal page, the detail and the quote are super for the themes at Art Journal Journey and at Try it on Tuesdays. It sounds like you had fun creating and experimenting with this page and I hopw you will share your art with us soon.

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  8. This is definitely an example of your creativity, I would never have thought of rubbing part of the clock in one and the rest in another place. Journaling is about expressing ourselves and confronting that which we view as obstacles and even our art tells our story! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Fabulous art journal page Vicki love all the mixed media texture and great quote -great idea tracing the face-I am with you on drawing can’t draw for toffee-I have several half well maybe quarter pages started and would love to join you on making a JP a month if that’s okay ?
    Carol x

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  10. Hello sweet friend! So glad to see you doing art journaling and joining in at AJJ!!!! Love the face, the encouraging words, your focus on facing fear and your fab background. So well done and I so hope you continue hanging out with us at AJJ. Hugz – lots of them.

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  11. Such a beautiful page! I love all the products that you used with the shimmer mists, glitter gel and the sparkle paint to create the sparkle and shine – gorgeous 😀. Thanks so much for joining us at Country View Challenges, it’s a pleasure to see you there! Happy wishes! Hugs Jo x

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  12. Fabulous ER quote Vicki it teams so well with your journal face and approach as you step forward once again into art journaling. It’s a superb page from your handmade journal and a delightful way of documenting and sharing what we wish to share. Enjoy your journey and I hope our paths cross again in blogland.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

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  13. You are far braver than I when it comes to both doodling an creating a face, whether you traced it or or drew it from scratch. I loved the colors you chose, the words you circled and how you faced your fears by creating this pure beauty. Thanks for sharing this lovely journal page with us using Erika’s theme at Art Journal Journey, dear Vicky. So glad you could join us.

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  14. I love this. The colors are wonderful. I made a couple of books over the summer in classes and it was so freeing to do something different. A pop up book from pink fresh images is my favorite, I was going to send it to some little friends but when I got done with it I could not part with is. LOL! Nicely done, Vicki, but then you always do such lovely cards and projects!



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