Mixed Media Backgrounds for Art Journaling

Hi, I’m Diana, and today I’m going to show you how I use splash inks to make beautiful mixed media backgrounds, in just a few steps.

You’ll need:

gesso

cheapie art journal

Splash Ink Acrylic Mixing Colors

Rubber stamps/Stencils

Baby wipes

decorative paper/Scrapbook paper

Nori Paste

Oil Pastels

So, I should mention that I just used a cheapie notebook from Barnes & Noble. I didn’t have a whole lot of money for a real fancy sort of art journal, so I just bought a lined book. I bought it, because in addition to art pages, I like to also glue things down, and then be able to write things too-lists, and goals, etc.

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So the first step is gather some of your favorite scrapbook paper, and your Nori paste.

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You’re going to tear up the sheets into small squares.

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Now, glue the paper onto your page.  Your page should look a bit like this.

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Now, you can get out your gesso and gesso over the pages lightly. I used a credit card, because I don’t want to completely cover the scrapbook paper. My goal is just to “white it out” a bit, so that you can still see the paper through the ink that will be applied later.

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After you’ve applied the gesso, and let it dry, you’re then going to need to get out a few wipes, and your splash inks. Add drops of each color onto the wipe, and apply as a brush, or crumple the wipe, and just dab it onto the page.

Here’s what a couple of my pages ended up looking like:

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Next, if you want, you can use a similar approach and use your baby wipes as a sort of “ink pad” and use stencils and stamps, as I’ve done on these pages. Experiment with mixing colors.

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After that, to finish a page, I got out my oil pastels, and an illustration I had made of a blue fairy. Using a blue oil pastel crayon, I journaled in the background. I wrote a wish that I would ask the blue fairy, since in the story of Pinocchio, the blue fairy made your wishes come true.

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Now, here’s a page, all finished:

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Happy crafting!

Diana 

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