Do something you have never done

A couple of weeks ago I started working on this page in my Moleskine journal

I colored the background with NeoColor II crayons over white gesso and stamped the girl stamps onto dictionary paper and old maps.  One of the dresses is from a Gelli Print.  The border is also from some Gelli Prints that I had previously done on Deli Paper.  About a week later I added some rub ons.  That is one of the fun things about working in multiple journals, you can always go back and add a little more to each page while you are waiting for another page to dry.

Dina Wakley NeoColor Crayonshere are some of the close up detail shots

Dina Wakley NeoColor CrayonsDina Wakley NeoColor Crayons Dina Wakley NeoColor CrayonsI will continue to work on the page before I add my journaling.

Supplies Used: Neocolor II Crayons, Dina Wakley’s Stamps set – Scribbly women & Textures, Dina Wakleys Stencil – Affirmations, Black & White Gesso, Rub Ons – Tim Holtz


Beware of the shadows

This was a clean up page on my large Dylusions Journal that just came together by itself.

The blue in the background was a stencil clean up from a previous page and the black silhouettes were a Dylusions Stencil clean up of Distress Paint.  It was just a serendipitous accident, I added a little teal and lime colored NeoColor II crayons to add some more color to the background and then added the words using a combination of handwriting and 7 Gypsies stamps with Archival Ink.

Dylusions Art Journal

and of course here is a close up:

Michelle McCosh Dylusions Journal

In Order to Fly

This is a Journal Page using Dylusions Inks for the background.

I used the new Rebekah Meier Stencil from The Crafters Workshop, I love all of Rebekah’s stencils in this release.  I once was fortunate to look through one of her fabric books, what a stunning piece of work.

This is in my large Dylusions Journal, the sprays work fabulously on this paper. They are so vibrant and Dyan Revealey’s ghosting technique works wonderfully.

Dylusions Michelle McCoshThe words read:  In order to Fly, you must leave the corner.  Words that resonate with me and something I struggle with daily as I have always felt more comfortable in the background.

Here are a couple of close ups


Michelle MCCosh Dylusions Dyan Reavely

Color changes your world

I think color changes everyone’s world.

I love vintage pieces and natural patinas but, there is something fun just working with bright vibrant colors, it just makes you a different kind of happy.

Last year at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps we got the new Hero Arts Neon Daubers


Hero Arts Neon DabbersBold and bright with a sponge dauber top for easy application these inks coordinate with their stamp pads.

I made this Art Journal page with 3 of the ink colors above and allowed the inks to blend together to get some custom colors on the background. Once dry they are permanent.

Art Journal Michelle McCosh

The brushes were stamped onto map paper and the “world” was cut with a die.

The letters were a variety of letter stencils from the Crafters Workshop.  I used Inktense pencils to color the word “Color” and black gesso to paint the other words.  When I have black words on a page I tend to use Black Gesso as I like flat color instead of the reflective quality of most paints.

All stamp images are from Impression Obsession.

Here are some close up images of the page.

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art journaling on a clean up page

I am Art Journaling again, this time I am working on a clean up page in my large Dylusions journal.

michelle McCosh art journal

If you haven’t done any clean up pages, you really should try it, it can yield some fabulous results.

Here is how you do it:

Whenever you are using a stencil and it is dirty, wipe off the ink or paint onto another page using a wet wipe . . . . .  or stamp the rest of the ink off a stamp you are using (before you clean it) on the page or wipe the excess paint off your paintbrush, run your journal through the leftovers on your craft sheet.  It yields varied results and at some point in time you add other media on top of it and you can make some interesting pages.