February AJ Page-Relaxation

Hello friends!  It seems like this month went by really fast!  Hope you’re having a great and productive month!  It’s now time for this month’s Art Journal page…really fun one today!

If you’re not familiar, I post an AJ page each month along with my crafty friend, Carol (from Crafty-Stamper), as we get creative trying to use up our never-ending stash piles!  We use a prompt each month and post them.  I know she will have some great inspiration, so please check out her blog for an AJ page too!🥰  Here’s my AJ page for this month with the “SMASH OUR STASH” February prompt of “Wooden Pieces/Chipboard” :

Do you have tons of chipboard pieces laying around?  I have several stacks of them that have been around for quite a while and I thought that I would just pull them out to start using some up here with this month’s prompt.  These are old Stampin’ Up! chipboard pieces that they used to sell and I was taught that you don’t throw any of them away…well I think they meant that you should use them, though!😆

For the background:  I started with my usual 6″x9″ watercolor paper with the holes pre-punched at the top.  I used some torn pieces of scraps and vellum that I had laying around and randomly covered the blank page using collage medium. I took the chipboard pieces and glued them in random areas too.  I then covered it over with some white gesso paint that was slightly watered down so that some of the background elements still showed through.

The next step was to add some colors with some Finnebair Impasto paint in Mediterranean and Lemon Peel. When these two colors mix together, they make a beautiful green.  They are actually really bright colors, so I toned it down a bit with more white paint until I got the look I wanted.  I finished it with black paint splattering.

Here’s a closer view of the top of the page with the collage and chipboard texture.  After painting up the background, I also took a few pieces of chipboard along with a wooden butterfly and painted those elements in red.  I thought it would be fun to give the page a pop of bright red to contrast the muted background.  The red painted elements were added after the background was finished.

The sentiment at the top was computer generated and sponged over with some Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink and layered over a piece of black cardstock and then attached to the page.

Then here’s a closer view of the bottom of the page.  The “Reserved” is from a Tim Holtz sticker book.  

Behind the red chipboard ‘R’, I added some black string.  You will also notice that I’ve used some Finnebair Aged Gold metallic wax to go around the edges of the raised up edges to give them a bit of dimension.  I finished it up with a few red enamel dots.

I had fun with this one and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well!  Thanks for dropping in today!


  1. Art Journal Journey – Seeing Red 
  2. Country View – Sentiment/Inspiring Words
  3. Creative Artiste – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. Try it On Tuesday – Let’s Get Messy (painting)
  5. Arty Divas – Anything Goes

26 thoughts on “February AJ Page-Relaxation

  1. You make this look so easy – not – I’m not good at “steampunk” or junk – but you truly make it a page of art. Great job and love the chipboard R.


  2. I look forward to your and Carol’s pages Vicki they are always inspirational,lots of lovely textures and soft colours with that wonderful bold splash of red.


  3. You and Carol always make the best journal pages and I love to see you using the old items we all bought so long ago! The touches of gold look so pretty with all the other great colors and I love how you used so many items to create this! Now if only I could relax and create……..LOL


  4. WOW! It’s great fun for me to look at this card too, Shawan. I am full of admiration for your skills in creating mix media cards. Beautiful colors, bumps and shapes.


  5. Beautiful project. Great texture and colours. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again next month. Hugs Judy DT


  6. I like chipboard because you can paint it and cut it.Plus it gives great texture, as your chipboard does.I like the thread too. That was a fun surprise. And you really used the red and made it pop off the page. This is a fun page, and I am thrilled you joined my red challenge at AJJ. Thank you Vicki.I hope you’re having a super weekend. hugs-Erika


  7. And I was so busy going on about your page and joining us at AJJ I forgot to say thanks for also joining us at TIOT. Hugs again! Erika


  8. This is a great way to use up your scraps, I do love all those raised textures from the shapes, letter and elements. I adore your colour choice too, how the red does pop. Beautiful mixed media journal page. Thank you for sharing @ Creative Artiste.
    Happy Crafting Tracey (DT)


  9. I probably have some of that chipboard around too. Hard to throw things like that away since you never know when you’ll need them. Great journal page! You’re so talented to put all those things together and have it look wonderful. Love it!


  10. Your journal page is besautiful Vicki, so much to see and enjoy. I think we all have never ending stash hords at home! Thanks for your visit on my blog today, much apprecieated. Hugs, Valerie


  11. I DO have tons of chipboard pieces laying around, actually! Have I thought of using them to make an arty piece like this? NO, so thanks for the inspiration:) And thanks for playing with us at Try it on Tuesday.


  12. Hi Vicki, once again, another great journal page. I like that you use so many techniques and your work doesn’t all look the same…always such variety. I especially love how you used the chipboard (since you should never throw it away). The soft colors with the vivid red is just awesome together. I’m curious, Did you paint the collage medium on the blank paper and before it dries apply and press the strips of vellum and paper to create the colored background…Mixed Media is something I want to try my hand at! Thanks friend


  13. Love the page and the touch of music on the bottom. And of course I had to LOL about using the chipboard! I really appreciate you sharing your process. I’ve been inspired to take up my BUJO yet again – not quite the same but hoping to try some of these techniques you do.


  14. Its a great page and the red pieces certaintly pop! Love it

    Thanks for joining in at Try It On Tuesday challenge


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