Play journal

Hi There!

I am super excited to share a very different project than my usual handmade cards. Its kinda like an art journal but i didn’t make it in a “Journal”.. .

So here’s the project


Recently Sandy Allnock had a #Playjournal challenge where she encouraged to experiment with new supplies and use the supplies that where stashed up and never used.


I had bought some gesso, gelatos and stamps with bold & whimsical images quite some time back and i thought these were the perfect picks for this challenge.


Here are steps to make this project in brief:

  • I selected a mixed media card stock because of this thickness and ability to take many layers of products.
  • I then adhered a background paper by Tim Holtz with glue that dries transparent on few portions of the card stock.


  • I then added a white gesso all over with a spatula. After it dried i added texture paste all over to create a lot of texture on my background.


  • After the texture paste dried i applied gelatos directly on my project and blended then with my fingers.
  • Tip – While blending gelatos with fingers keep very lightly wetting your fingers with water – This helps smooth movement of the pigment.


  • While working on backgrounds I always find it easy to start with less and build the color as I go. Here i love how the design on the backgound paper is slightly visible and it adds more interest to the background.
  • I then added a border with black gelato in a wonky – whimsical style to match the focal point i was going to add.


  • On a separate card stock (i used watercolor paper) i stamped the flowers in black and colored them using gelatos.
  • TIP – Using black archival ink to stamp the flowers helps as the black ink won’t smudge when we add gelatos and blend the color.


  • I then fussy cut the flowers and adhered then with double sided foam tape. I actually doubled the layers of foam tape to add more dimension and make the focal point pop!
  • For sentiment, i adhered the word die cuts in black and added glossy accents over them.
  • Finally i took a white gel pen and added a lot of white highlights and also outlined the inner edge of the black border.3a

Hope you liked my project.


Hope you liked this project. Please let me know what you think about it. I love reading your comments and appreciate your time on my blog.

Playing along with a couple of challenges :

avenue613 Challenge #220 – April 2019 – Anything Goes

Angie’s Digital Stamps  – Challenge #30 – Anything goes

sirstampalotchallenge – Flowers

we love 2 create – Challenge # 4

alteredeclectics Challenge

art-journal-journey – Having Fun

The artistic stamper creative team – We attain new growth by creating and inspiring

country view challenges – April Challenge – spring flowers

crafters cafe blog challenge – Floral

Cardsgalorechallenges – Challenge #62 – Anything goes

creatalicious challenges – Challenge #161 – Anything goes

creative craftcottage – No Patterned Paper

Daisy chain challenge – Challenge #29 – Make it feminine

Happy Crafting



13 thoughts on “Play journal

  1. I love this! So whimsical and beautifully executed! You definitely should play more often with your paints and Gessos, we are all inspired! Thanks for sharing this beautiful project with us at 613 Avenue Create! I hope you will also join us at our sister blog, A Place To Start
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge
    A Place To Start Challenge

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  2. Bharati, thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613! I am amazed at the time and effort you have so gladly put into this project – with beautiful results! I love the background and it frames that boldly colored focal image wonderfully!
    DT for 613 Ave C
    RubberMAD (

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