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10 July, 2022

Special Guest Spotlight on RACHEL MARTIN

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend doing something arty!

This month, we are very pleased to feature Rachel Martin as our first Guest Designer for July.  Rachel was one of our March 2022 winners and is also now one of our new Design Team

We invite you to get to know Rachel a little better through her interview below.  Please also visit her social links which are listed in her Artist Bio.

Artist Bio 

Hi, my name is Rachel, but I am also known by the artist name of "La p'tite Barbouilleuse".  I am an artist who is passionate about art journals. However, I also do cards and scrapbooking.  I work as a teacher of disabled children, I love playing with words in my creations. I’m part of Scrapbook Art et Passion DT also.   


Q & A with Rachel

How long have you been art journalling?

I've been doing Art journaling since January 2021. I've been doing it almost every day since I got into it!

Are you inspired by a particular artist or artists, if so who?

One of my favorite artists is definitely Dina Wakley. I admire not only her art but also her philosophy of life. She inspired me with the pages of Art journal of which I am very proud.

What is your favourite type of art supply or product?  

I really use a lot of varied material, but I admit that I can't do without my stencil collection! I have all kinds, and I like to mix them to produce surprising effects.

What's your favourite colour palette to use? 

I can't live without turquoise. I find it to be a go-anywhere color that blends easily and blends into different palettes.

And finally, why do you enter art challenges?

I find that creative challenges are a way of surpassing myself and taking me elsewhere. they allow me to explore different emotional avenues within me.


Rachel's Interpretation of our July Main Challenge

When I think of "Watercolor" I automatically think of Lindy's magical powders. So I used them to highlight the background texture of the page made with structure paste through a stencil.

I had this inspiring phrase that told me that life was wonderful even if it was imperfect. It inspired me that you can't quantify happiness. So I used numbers all over the place to play with the concept. 

Life is represented by the funny, rather serious gentleman. The imperfection is represented by the foliage which goes in all directions.

Finally, I added the small acetate butterflies to represent the wonderful aspect of life. The result makes me laugh and smile!


Thank you Rachel for sharing this wonderfully textured art journal page with us!  We hope that Rachel's take on the Main Challenge inspires you to enter this month.

Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge which you can enter here on the blog, in our Facebook group or on Instagram:

Don't forget that you can find all of our challenge details and extra information, as well as Rachel's published interview in our new magazine Artful Pages.


  1. LOVE all the yummy layers on your art journal page! And great to get to know you too! ((HUGS)) Helen


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