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Working in Art Journal Pages

By: Candy Colwell
March 22, 2016

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Working in Art Journal Pages
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Art journaling is a wonderful form of self expression. Whether your pages are completely mixed media art or you add letters and sentiments to your pages; they should reflect you, your thoughts and your own authentic style.

While I typically do not add a lot of words to my art, I did in this case. I created these journal pages for DecoArt’s Mixed Media blog as well as art journaling from word prompts with an online class I am taking. DecoArt is a proud and generous sponsor of Wanderlust 2016. The word prompt was “Write a lot, write fast and write everything”.

With much more emphasis on the mixed media art rather than the written word, I feel that I was still able to stay true to the prompt. I would like to share this tutorial with you and hopefully you will learn some new techniques or something about DecoArt Media products along the way. 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Copper Kettle
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Warm Beige
  • Clear Gesso
  • Inky Art Journal
  • Tissue Wrap Melange
  • Splatter Stencil
  • Pen Nibs Stamp
  • Concentrated Watercolors
  • Archival Ink
  • Clip Art Hand Print
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Fine Line Markers
  • Spray Sealer
  • Baby Wipes
  • Glue Stick
  • Assorted Brushes
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Assorted Cardstock
  • Grey Transfer Paper

Instructions:

Tear Tissue Wrap to use on the Inky Art Journal pages. Brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium on the pages and press the Tissue Wrap in place. If you need to add more Matte Medium under the wrap, do that now. Then brush Matte Medium over the tissue wrap to seal it. You do not want to heat set the gesso over the center seam of the Inky Art Journal as it will break down the glue in the seam. It is best to just let air dry.

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Scrape DecoArt Media White Gesso randomly on the pages using a straight edge. Let it air dry.

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Using a glue stick, randomly place pieces of cardstock, doilies, textural strips, book text on the pages. Let air dry. 

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Using a scraper or a brush, add more DecoArt Media White Gesso randomly over the pages. Let air dry. 

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Brush Clear Gesso over the center area of collaged elements on your pages. Let air dry.

This is how your pages will look at this point.

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Using a baby wipe, Begin randomly wiping DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide over the pages. Let air dry

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Combine DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue and Titan Buff to create a soft teal. Using your finger, randomly swipe the color to the pages. Let air dry. 

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Highlight the textural strips by wiping over them with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to buff the color. 

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Place the Splatters Stencil in place and using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey, dab the color onto the pages. Repeat the different splatters on the pages. Immediately clean the stencil. Let air dry. 

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Use your finger to gently add more DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey randomly on the pages to add depth and shadows. 

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Stamp pen nibs onto a piece of white tissue paper. Tear around the pens nibs. Brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium onto the surface of the page where you will place the pen nibs. Lay them in place and gently rub over them to remove any air bubbles. Gently brush over the stamped image to seal it in place and make the torn edges disappear into the background. Let air dry

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Using a detail brush with a little water on it, add the random concentrated water colors to the page, as if they are running off of the pen nibs.

Add a metallic look to the stamped pen nibs by adding light touches of DecoArt Metallic Gold and Silver mixed until you like the blended effect.

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Use a larger round brush with water and randomly add some watercolor effect runs with pink and teal to the pages. To do this, brush the watered down color onto the pages, hold the journal upright and let the watercolors run. Let air dry.

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Using DecoArt’s Transfer Paper in Grey, tape the clip art hand and pen in place on your page. Slip the transfer paper underneath and using a sharp pencil, transfer the image to the pages.

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Paint the hand using DecoArt Flesh Tone Acrylic paint. Add a bit of shadowing with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold.

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Paint the quill pen feather using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff.

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Add detail to the hand using DecoArt Flesh Tone, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff and Burnt Umber. Also add a few darker shadows with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey

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Either freehand or choose a font and a sentiment. In this case, I used the “Invitation” font sized 5 ½” long. Tape it in place on the pages and add the DecoArt Grey Transfer Paper underneath. Using a Kraft pick or a sharp point, trace the letters onto the page. Using a Black 005 marker, trace over and fill in the letters. Spray with a sealer to avoid any smearing or lightening of color. 

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Add color to the feather. Almost dry brushing, I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff alone and then mixed with DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber and Paynes Grey. Once dry, I added the pen detail to the feather using a Black 005 marker.

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Add your words to the page. I began by first penciling in straight lines to write on. I kept the pencil marks because I like the way they look and I did not want to smudge my marker writing. Add as many sentiments as you wish. Use the Black 005 or 05 markers to write.

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I hope that my art journal pages have inspired you to experiment and play with DecoArt Media products. They truly are amazing to work with and give beautiful results.

Be sure to visit Creativity Is Contagious  for more projects and to learn more about Candy Colwell.

Comments

Wow! I really like what you did!

Debby

March 22, 2016

I really enjoyed seeing the step by step of your wonderful journal page Candy. I love how you built up the layers and your drawing of the hand is fabulous. The pen nibs look fantastic with the drips of colour too! I really must use my Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, it gives such a lovely base colour. I didn't even look at the words, I should go back and have another look! Fabulous page! Anne xx

Anne R

March 22, 2016

Awesome page! Thanks for sharing.

Natalie Godfrey

March 22, 2016

Fabulous pages Candy with amazing layering of colour, texture and images. Love the sentiment of using words wisely. Xxx

Brenda Brown

March 23, 2016

Fabulous page! Just love the whole effect, really love the colours coming from the pen nibs. Brilliant. Thank you for the inspiration.

Sue

March 23, 2016

I am always blown away by Candy's journal pages and this is no exception. What a masterpiece! I love how the colors are dripping from the pen nibs. Genius! Such a wonderful tutorial and such a pleasure to read her process.

Annette Green

March 23, 2016

Gosh, this is wonderful!!! Stunning artwork from Candy with brilliant tutorial. Nicola x

Paper Profusion

March 23, 2016

I really like this! The instructions were great. I love the layout and design . Very nice!

Joyce

March 23, 2016

This is one of the most beautiful art journal pages I have ever seen. I hope someone publishes it in a magazine Candy because it is beyond beautiful with a super message. The colors are just amazing. I love the way the bright colors balance the softer ones but that you were able to combine both in such an elegant way. Always enjoy shimmer so that's a big plus for me too!! Your hand was painted wonderfully and that feather is gorgeous. This just is INTRIGUING and EXQUISITE. XXj.

Joi@RR

March 23, 2016

Fabulous art journal page, Candy! You never cease to amaze me.

Barbara Rankin

March 24, 2016

fabby work, lovely result jan

Anonymous

March 29, 2016

Wonderful work, the hand is so realistic. Thanks for the inspiration.

Janet

April 1, 2016

Wonderful work, the hand is so realistic. Thanks for the inspiration.

Janet

April 1, 2016

Wonderful work, the hand is so realistic. Thanks for the inspiration.

Janet

April 1, 2016

I found this on Pinterest. I don't know how I missed it. Absolutely brilliant!! I could read your tutorials all day, I learn so much. This page spread is SO so cool, I love it!!

Cheryl Grigsby

August 4, 2016

bonjour je trouve cela magnifique et je vous remercie d'avoir pris le temps de nous expliqué étape par étape,c'est du beau travail!!!

patricia

August 17, 2016

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