Simplify textured journal page with texture paste, gesso and stenciling sunday inspiration 8-15-21

Simplify textured journal page with texture paste, gesso and stenciling 8-15-21

August 15, 2021 | 8 comments

Oh, the texture and grungy goodness on this journal page! It’s simple and yet so rich.

A little texture paste and gesso can make such a layered impact on your page.

My goal was to only use just a few things and simplify my process, to not overthink anything and just relax with my journal.  — Mission accomplished.

I needed some space in my brain… with so many things to do on my “to do” list, and so many decisions to make… I was feeling overwhelmed.

When this happens for me, I can always hear my therapist’s voice…” Shawn simplify things” just take one thing at a time.  It seems logical, and so simple and yet when we’re in the middle of all the things… it can be hard to see clearly.

So I went to my journal and wrote out one thing to do. … that’s it and when I got that done, I wrote another thing.   One step at a time.

As soon as I simplified…. things got a little easier to see….

I share more about it in the video. Have fun watching!


Supplies used:

  1. Hand made journal
  2. Liquitex matte gel
  3. collage papers
  4. Nova color texture paste
  5. Utrecht gesso
  6. Lukas cryl ( teal, raw umber)
  7. Blick matte acrylic (dark green deep, warm gray)
  8. Liquitex soft body (transparent raw sienna)
  9. Generals charcoal pencil
  10. Stabilo all pencils
  11. Black soft pastel
  12. Scrap burlap
  13. Rusty metal elements
  14. Palette knife ( medium and extra-large)


  1. Little flowers baby’s breath
  2. Little flowers statice
  3. Paris elements 1


Wildflower Sketches 1   download version 

printed version

Enneagram – I mentioned in the video that I would leave the link where you can get a free personality test/type.

I completely trust the site… My son is a certified Enneagram coach and it is his site.

You can go HERE to take the test and learn a little more. In the upper right corner you can take the free assesment test.

If you take it I would love to know what type you are. I’m a 5!


  1. Melody Winston

    Shawn, is the baby’s breath on sale?

    • Shawn

      Yes it is! Thanks!

  2. Gaye Berger

    I love the font you used for the word “simplify”on tissue paper. I’ve seen it in some of your other work as well, but I don’t see it on any of the collage sheets that you sell. Where can I get the same script? Is it a font on your computer? How do you produce it on tissue paper? Thank you!

    • Shawn

      Gaye, It’s a font on my computer. It’s called La Bohemea. Thanks for being here!!

  3. Esis

    Hi Shawn, love your artwork and your words, yes so difficult sometimes to to focus on 1 thing to avoid to feel overwhelmed; thank you for the Enneagram link, I took the test and am 83% 5 and 80% 1, the latter having the overhand 🙂

    • Shawn

      Esis, welcome to the 5 club… I’m a 5 too and move to a 1 under stress. I love being able to learn more about myself and how I show up in the world and most importantly how I can grow. You’ll love Brandon’s emails as he prompts you in some journaling questions! So glad you are here. Hugs!!

  4. Cynthia Benedetti

    Hi Shawn! I’m so bummed for you about your flood. Hang in there, this Too shall pass. I think. I hope. I bet. I’m sure? At any rate, I too have a question about printing on tissue paper—you don’t have the tissue paper listed on your supply list—is it just gift wrap you have cut to 8×11 and fed into printer or are there printer sheets you buy? Thanks so much and sorry to bother during this stressful time xox

    • Shawn

      Hi Cynthia,
      Thanks for the encouraging words!
      Yes, its just gift tissue that I get from the dollar store or Amazon and cut it to an 8×10 size and tape it onto a piece of copy paper. then I feed that through the printer.


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