Art Journal Fun with the Remnant Rub Resist Technique

I had so much fun with the Remnant Rub Resist technique by Tim Holtz for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge yesterday, I had to try it out on some art journal pages this afternoon.

Plus I wanted to share even more journal pages I created last week that are inspired by Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 which you'll see below.

For my Remnant Rub Resist pages, I used combinations of Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, Festive Berries, and Abandoned Coral Distress Stain sprays for my background. 

And a variety of remnant rubs in my stash, mostly Botanical. I colored some ivory card stock with Cracked Pistachio and Mown Lawn Distress inks, then die cut the Spring Greenery.

This new stamp set "Flower Garden" is such a beauty! I stamped several with archival black ink onto ivory card stock, colored them with Distress Markers, and fussy cut them then adhered to my journal page.

The stems were stamped directly onto the page. I painted them in with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint with a thin paintbrush. 

While I started a bit late with the 12 Tags of 2015, (or in my case, Journal Pages) I am happy to share with you my pages, inspired by Tim's tags. 

My January pages feature my favorite color combinations of greenish blues with pops of red. I seem to do this a lot, I notice. You can view Tim's awesome January tag here.

There are certain limitations when doing an art journal page, rather than a tag. One of which is bulk. I need to keep my pages fairly flat, so I opted for embossing my 15.

The chit-chat stickers Tim used are great for tags, but far too small in scale for my journal pages, so I created larger ones by stamping phrases from "Hashtags" and "Simple Sayings."

My February pages feature not only the Thrift Shop ephemera, but also cut-outs from the Wallflower paper. I mixed in some tissue tape (red, of course) to fill in certain areas. You can check out Tim's February tag here.

I found a piece in one of the Wallflower papers that said, "My Dearest" in red. It was the perfect strip to run across the top of my page, over the happy couple.

I posted my March pages a few days ago and gave you more of a step-by-step tutorial. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

I'm having so much fun playing in my art journal. It's something I have always wanted to get comfortable with, and it's finally starting to feel easier each time I do it. The fear is subsiding and the enjoyment is growing. Are you art journaling? Join me, won't you. You can find all kinds of great products like the ones I used in these journal pages from

Thank you all for your sweet comments and support as I explore this new adventure on my creative journey.


  1. Your pages are so beautiful Annette, at first I liked the 2015 best, but then I love the stamped flowers on the first one, but the Wallflower papers are so beautiful too - I love them all - especially the wonderful 'pops' of red! Anne x

  2. Love your journaling. I have found that I can work out all sorts of "issues" with my journaling. I find it very comforting.

  3. Gorgeous pages Annette, I love the flower ones especially, such vibrant colours x

  4. I love your interpretation of Tim's tags Annette! Your art journal pages are fabulous. :)

  5. Oh, WOW, Annette!! LOVE your AJ pages you made using the remnant rub technique and LOVE the new Flower Garden stamp set! I just got that set, too! :) All of your background colors just make those blooms pop! Soooo pretty and vibrant--Spring has definitely sprung inside your journal!! XOXO-Shari

  6. What a great idea Journalling Tim's tags so inspirational. The vibrance of colour is so attractive on your Wallflower pages.
    Julie x

  7. One o these days, I will get up the courage to "sully" that first page in one of the several blank books I tend to collect! Meanwhile, I enjoy following yours! Love the color combination (doesn't Abandoned Coral work so well with others?) and I do so want that stamp set!

  8. I absolutely adore these journal pages Annette. You have completely captured the essence of each of those tag techniques/designs in each spread. Such a clever idea! Jenny x
    ps. have voted for Jamie!

  9. Wonderful journal page, Annette. Loved to see all interesting things collage here.
    You have great blog...happy to follow you!


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