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"Dance to the Music" Art Journal Page

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"Dance to the Music" Art Journal Page

designed by Susie Wolfe

Mix media as you mix music and dance in a pair of colorfully vibrant art journal pages.

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Americana® Stencils

  • Doily (6" x 8") (ASMM18)
  • Traditional Medallion (8.5" x 11") (ASC05)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Cadmium Orange Hue (DMFA15)
  • Cadmium Red Hue (DMFA04)
  • Carbon Black (DMFA05)
  • Diarylide Yellow (DMFA11)
  • Hansa Yellow Medium (DMFA50)
  • Primary Cyan (DMFA27)
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange (DMFA31)
  • Quinacridone Gold (DMFA32)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Brush and Stencil Cleaner (DMM13)
  • Matte Medium (DMM20)
  • White Gesso (DMM18)

DecoArt Media® Varnishes

  • Ultra-Matte Varnish (DMM24)

Other supplies


NOTES: Let dry between steps. To stencil, load paint onto a cosmetic sponge; pounce off excess on the palette; and then lightly pounce through the stencil openings. To blend colors, apply paint with a brush and then, before completely dry, rub lightly in a circular motion with a baby wipe where the two colors meet. To glaze sheer color, load paint onto a folded baby wipe and apply by rubbing lightly in a circular motion.

  1. Apply White Gesso to both pages.
  2. Paint Hansa Yellow Medium diagonally across pages.
  3. Add Diarylide Yellow on both sides and finish with Cadmium Orange Hue in corners and along edges.
  4. Blend together with a baby wipe while still wet, creating a light center with darker edges.
  5. Stencil various images with Cadmium Orange Hue or Quinacridone Gold randomly on pages, keeping darker colors on the outer edges. (Hint: Load paint onto a cosmetic sponge, tap excess off onto palette and then pounce up and down through the stencil openings.)
    Step 4 Example
  6. Print off the sheet music collage pattern.
  7. Print off the patterns and cut out a large heart, two small hearts, and the skirt and trouser bases. (Hint: You will have the best success using a laser copy done on 32 lb. non-glossy laser paper. Most copy centers offer this.)
  8. Paint Diarylide Yellow in the center of the heart. Allow to dry.
  9. Paint over the entire heart with Cadmium Red Hue, lightening the color in the center with a baby wipe.
  10. Glaze Quinacridone Burnt Orange around the edges of heart.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Assemble the figures by gluing the skirt or trouser base over the tip of a small heart.
  12. Using found images from old magazines, glue on legs, arms and heads. (Hint: Gluing on a set of eyes from a head that is larger than your chosen image will create an interesting figure.)
    Step 11 Example
  13. Paint the girl’s top Cadmium Orange Hue and her skirt Cadmium Red Hue. Allow to dry.
  14. Paint a belt with White Gesso and let dry. When dry, apply a coat of Primary Cyan.
  15. Paint the boy’s top Cadmium Red Hue and his pants Primary Cyan. (Hint: Applying a light coat of paint will allow the natural transparency of the paint to show the music through the color.)
    Step 14 Example
  16. Adhere the heart and figures to the pages by applying a coat of Matte Medium to both the page and the back of the image.
  17. Place the image on the page in the position you like and apply another coat of Matte Medium over the image. (Hint: Brushing from the center toward the outer edges of the images will help eliminate air bubbles and wrinkles.)
    Step 16 Example
  18. Use Cadmium Red Hue to stamp a variety of images throughout the design to fill empty spaces and to create interest and movement.
  19. You can also use the circle template that comes with the Mish Mash stamp set. (Hint: You will have the best success using the method demonstrated here.)
    Step 18 Example
  20. Draw motion lines around the figures with the permanent marker. Using Carbon Black, stamp the words “DANCE to the music in your heart” onto tracing paper. Print the music notes onto tracing paper.
  21. Tear apart the words and images and place them in an arrangement you like on the pages. (Hint: Taping tracing paper to a sheet of regular copy paper will work in most printers. Check online for the best method to use with your printer. I like this method because it allows me to play with arrangements before I adhere it to the page. Once adhered with Matte Medium, the tracing paper will seem to fade into the background.)
    Step 20 Example
  22. Working one word or note at a time, apply a coat of Matte Medium where you want the image on the page. Place the image down and apply another coat of Matte Medium over the image, brushing from the center out.
  23. Glaze Quinacridrone Burnt Orange along the outer edges of the pages.
  24. Accent the design to your liking with any color in the palette using the baby wipe technique.
    Step 23 Example
  25. Apply a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish on both pages. (Hint: Finishing with Ultra-Matte Varnish will prevent pages from sticking together.)
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