Art Journal A5.

I recently posted a video of one of my art journals on YouTube.  I thought I’d follow up with a couple of still shots from that journal for your entertainment.  This is a journal that I worked in last year (2015) where I experimented with a variety of mediums and basically let my art muse out to play.  Above is a picture of my wallaby girl.. she’s a sort of human/ wallaby hybrid who loves to garden.  She pops in and out of my work on occasion along with my harpie muse Myra.  She was created using a variety of different art supplies… watercolour and Inktense pencils, stencils, acrylic paint etc.


These two pages above where started by painting on a thin layer of clear gesso.  The gesso helps to strengthen the paper so it can handle heavier applications of wet media.this particular gesso left a sand papery like finish as it is designed for pastels.  But I threw cheap water colour and other stuff on it because i liked the texture it created.  I also used Caran d’Ache Neocolour II watersoluble crayons to make the shapes which were just blobs and scribbles until I saw the pictures emerging under-neigh.  Once I saw what they could be I refined the pictures so that the subjects emerged.  It’s fun to do this kind of thing… starting off without any idea what you are doing and ending up with something unexpected.  I think the black outline was actually done at the end with a charcoal pencil and not an Inktense outliner as I stated in the video.



This last one was a page that I used to get rid of some left over acrylic paint from a piece of bubble wrap.  I had the book with me in the waiting room at the out patients clinic waiting for an orthopaedic appointment for my daughter.  I also had my Inktense pencils with me.  This took about an hour with another half hour at home to complete it.  Drawn with a purple and a brown fine liner and Inktense with some flesh tone watercolour pencils.  the acrylic paint did not worry me at all.  I find ‘messing up’ the paper first is an advantage as I am no longer fussy about getting things perfect and therefore frees up my creativity completely.

The book I’m using, by the way, is a cheap hard bound cartridge paper art journal marketed here by Quill and sells at OfficeWorks for around $7-$8 Australian.  I like the paper… it bleeds through to the back only lightly with wet media and doesn’t seem to wrinkle up with wet media.  It’s not great for any one art supply but it’s proved to be a good, cheap all rounder and it’s well bound.  I use these journals a lot.


  1. Phyllis Stuart

    I love the picture with the apple & the butterfly! I think it looks neat! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Rebecca

    You have such a wonderfully creative eye to pull subjects from your backgrounds. It can take you to interesting places. I love it. Thanks for sharing. Your art is freeing!
    BTW did I read you were going to review the luminance pencils your DH bought for you? I could not find a review and wondered if I missed it. When you wrote that you used one for the background for the rooster it got me itching to know more. My art store does not carry open stock.
    I always smile when I get the message you have posted something. Thank you for that.

    1. Paula

      Rebecca, I just wanted to say that I don’t think you missed it. I stalk Peta’s youtube page for new videos (hee hee) so I’m pretty certain. Peta did mention in another post on here that she is going to be putting up a new video in the coming weeks reviewing 8 different pencil brands so maybe the luminance will be reviewed in that. I’m curious as to her thoughts too. You can buy luminance open stock online at Dick Blick, if that works for you. 🙂

      1. Chaypeta (Post author)

        Good spot, Paula. 🙂 I have, in fact, filmed the next eight pencil review last Friday. It is currently in post production. With the line up we have set to go it will probably go live on YouTUbe in about a fortnights time. And it does include Luminance pencils. 🙂

  3. Fiona

    I love Wallaby Girl. Would love a picture of her on my wall. Her lips are divine. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent.

  4. Claire

    Peta, I heard you mention your muse in the video. Can you tell us more about her? The art in this book was absolutely wonderful btw, don’t know how you do it 🙂


      go to deviant art and you’ll find some of her wonderful artwork. This one you have to sign in for

  5. BigT

    Love the vivid colors and what unique ideas!!!

  6. Paula

    So beautiful and unique. I love seeing your work, it’s always so inspiring. 🙂

  7. Helen

    Im interested in how you use stencils Peta. I know nothing about them, and tips you could share.

    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Helen. It depends on what I’m doing. Some stencils I trace with pencil onto the paper just to get the shape. You can also use spray inks on them, spraying over the stencil on the paper. I like to flip the stencil afterwards and print the remaining ink on the stencil onto another page to use later. You can also dab paint with a sponge, craft dabber or firm paint brush onto the stencil. Hope this helps.


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