I want to share an art journal page with you today.



Niji Splash Ink SNK400

Niji Water Brush KWB20

Yasutomo Pale Gold WCW216-58

Yasutomo Gel Xtreme Metallic Rollers GX1007

Pro Art Gesso

Andy Skinner (for Nando Creative) “Baroque” Stencil

Misc. Brown Marker


I applied Gesso to my art journal first.  After it dried, I made Splash Ink Sprays.  A golden yellow (16Y, 1M, 1BK) and a maroon (4M, 2Y, 1BK).  I sprayed them all over the journal pages, and let them dry.


Next, I used the Pale Gold paint.  I painted the border of both pages,using my flat Water Brush,  so it looks like one page.  This paint is awesome to use!!  It is loaded with color and glides on so smooth!   I know I will be using this a lot!!


Then,  I used my stencil in 2 ways.  I used the corners on the top left and lower right , and the female face too.  I had all these big ideas on all the techniques and products I would use but when I used the first Gel Xtreme marker (gold) on the corners I fell in love again!!  These markers are amazing!!  And when you are done, it looks like you used leafing.  They are that  amazing!!!


Again, here is my finished project.  I LOVED making it!

Thanks for visiting!!


Purrfectly Paper Doll

cat paperdoll

October brings out the kid in me. I love the falling leaves, the cooler weather, and all things Halloween. I can’t wait to decorate with tacky Halloween decorations, buy mounds of candy for the neighborhood children, and help my own children create their costumes. In my excitement for the season, I decided to create a black cat paper doll set including some festive Halloween costumes.

Supplies I Used:

Step 1: With the pencil, draw a paper doll body on the cardstock. I chose to make a cat. Just for fun, I created a calico cat who is wearing a black cat suit. Go over the pencil drawing with the permanent black marker.

cat drawing

Step 2: Paint any large black areas with the ultra black ink.

cat painted with ink

Step 3: Paint color details with the watercolor paints and use the metallic pens for any accents. I used the silver pen to make the zipper on the black cat suit.

cat with painted face

Step 4: Place the deli paper over the paper doll and use a pencil to create clothing items that will fit the paper doll body. Move the deli paper off the cat drawing and use the black permanent marker to trace over the pencil lines. Use Nori paste to adhere the deli paper to cardstock. Once dry, cut the pattern pieces.

cat costume pattern pieces

Step 5: Trace the patterns onto decorative origami papers and cut.

Step 6: Use Nori paste to adhere the origami papers to cardstock. Outline each piece with the black permanent marker. Remember to add tabs to the pieces so that you can attach them to the paper doll. Cut the pieces. Add accents with metallic gel pens.

go-go suit

Step 7: To create fairy wings, paint deli paper with metallic watercolors. Add sparkle with metallic gel pens. Cut two wing shapes. Glue or machine stitch the wing shapes to the wing piece. To create straps, cut small strips and glue them to the top and bottom of the wing piece.

Step 8: To create a fairy tu-tu, paint two rectangular pieces of deli paper with metallic watercolors. Add dots with the metallic gel pen. Match the long edges of the rectangles and baste a single stitch across the top. Carefully pull the threads to gather the paper. Use Nori paste to glue the tu-tu to the body suit.

metallic painted pieces

fairy suit

Step 9: For a fancy mermaid tail, paint a sheet of deli paper with metallic watercolors. Cut a small strip of the deli paper (about 6″ x 1/2″). Accordion-fold the strip and cut a fish scale shape. When you unfold the strip, you will have a row of fish scales. Continue making these fish scale rows, as you’ll need quite a few to fill up the tail! Layer the scales onto the tail using Nori paste.

gold deli paper


Step 10: Carefully cut the paper doll.

cat in cat suit

Step 11: Enjoy your new paper doll set!


cat a go go

Cat Fairy:


And my favorite… Mercat!

cat mermaid

You can use paper dolls in so many unique ways. Create fun displays in frames, arrange them on your mantel, or use them in a garland by hanging the pieces onto twine using tiny clothespins. Once you get started, you’ll discover your own way to play!

A Simple Silhouette

I’m Tessa from HowToMakeArt. com.  Today I’m going to show you a quick, simple art piece that anyone can make…


*Digital camera or camera phone

*Black and white printer with regular copy paper

*Yasutomo and Company’s Gel Xtreme Metallic Rollers


*Watercolor Paper

*Yasutomo and Company .05 Permawriter

*Yasutomo’s Traditional Chinese Ink in Ultra Black


1. Take a profile shot of a friend, relative, or even your pet.  I asked my friend Heather to sit for a quick portrait.

2. Next, print your profile shot in black and white onto regular copy paper.  You can use your home printer to do this, since the quality doesn’t have to be great.  I printed Heather’s photo to 5″x7.”

3. Draw a line all around your silhouette using a contrasting color of Yasutomo and Company’s Gel Xtreme Metallic Rollers.  This will be a guideline for your art piece, and you can feel free to change it up a bit as you go – I changed the shape of Heather’s hair a bit but kept her face the same so it would be recognizable.

4. Use graphite paper to transfer the image onto a piece of watercolor paper, or make your own “graphite paper” by using the following technique…  Use a regular pencil and color all over the back of the photograph like this:

Now, sandwich the papers like this so that your watercolor paper is underneath, then your photo is picture side up:

With the same pencil, trace over the lines you made with the Gel Pen, and it will transfer onto your watercolor paper like magic!  I refined the image a bit more with my pencil after it was transferred.

5. Using the Yasutomo and Company .05 Permawriter  go over your pencil or graphite lines.  Wait for the pen to dry, then erase any pencil lines.  At this point, I decided to add Heather’s name over the top of her silhouette.

6. Fill in the image with Yasutomo’s Traditional Chinese Ink in Ultra Black ink by using a small paintbrush around the edges so that you can get all of the details.  I used a bigger brush on the inside of the silhouette after going around the edges with my small brush.  Let your painting dry completely.

7. Using a metallic gel pen, write and journal inside of the silhouette.  If you aren’t sure what to write, choose one word you like, or a word that goes along with the person you drew, and write it over and over again.  I wrote “Strong, Sweet, and Fun.” to describe my friend Heather.  I also used a gel pen to create a border, which you can see in the photo at the top of the post.  This project would make a great gift for someone special!

Have fun making art!