How to Embed Tags in your Journal

Art Journal Page

I was inspired to make this page after a class with Julie Fei-Fen Balzer. Julie brought a few journals with her and let us all ogle them, and her embedded tags page really caught my eye.

I cut off half a page and laid the tags onto the remaining (still in the book) piece at varied depths. I then glued the cut-off half page back on top, sandwiching the tags. Then covered everything with gesso. After brayering over the solid part of the page, I weighted it down and let it dry overnight.

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I adhered Tim Holtz’s Tissue Wrap to the whole page and spritzed Color Wash in some places. When it was dry, I stamped and stenciled with Ranger’s Distress and Archival inks, then tied on Tim’s Idea-ology word charms with burlap string.

I stamped the witch onto plain white tissue paper and adhered her with matte medium. Before adhering the house (stamped on manila and colored with Distress Markers), I inked all the edges with black paint and coated the whole page with matte medium to dull the shine from the alpha stickers. The arrows are rub-ons and I also added some ribbon and a decorative paper strip.

Here’s what I ended up doing with the other side of the page:


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