I love the writing that Mary Brack and Hope Wallace Karney do in their journals but becasue I don't give time to practising such things I can't do that style. However what I did do was go to dafont where I found some free handwriting fonts. Using Publisher (you can use whatever Desktop Publishing package you have) I put the verse into the font and then arranged it in different sizes on the page. I made sure the text box I was working would fit my journal page. I printed out the verse and then shaded over the back heavily with a 3B pencil.
I turned the paper over and traced over the words with a pen which left a pale pencil impression and then went over that with two thicknesses of pen.
These are the pages with just the thin gesso layer on.
I chose some acrylic paints to keep to a colour scheme although in the end I didn't use all of them.
I bought myself some cosmetic sponges from the 99p shop to apply the paint and also used a damp wet wipe. The paint wipes off the gesso if you use a wet wet wipe.
I chose 2 6x6" stencils to use although the bottom one didn't work well so I worked mostly with the top one.
I added some sage green over the pages and some blackberry through the stencil. You can see where I tried unsuccessfully putting pale blue acrylic through the second stencil.
I chose a couple of stamps and the Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and randomly stamped onto my pages. I didn't put the stamp onto a block. I held it in my hand and pressed part of the stamp onto the paper.
I found a small butterfly stamp and used Archival Ink to stamp with. However it was a bit too wet. I listed those values that are important to me.
I hope you feel you can join in with the study. If it's not your thing then I hope that my showing how I make my pages helps you with your art journaling.
Thanks for stopping by.