Step-by-Step Art Journaling Techniques
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Step-by-Step Art Journaling Techniques
I’ve been creating my whole life and I’ve always dabbled in mixed media but I thought it would be fun to start a dedicated Art Journal. A place to create without a plan and just for the sake of creating. When I shared the below pic of my first spread on social media, you all overwhelmingly asked for posts with step-by-step Art Journaling Techniques.
So that same afternoon I got to work on a second spread using the exact same techniques so I could take step-by-step photos.
First up is the supplies!
Here are the main art goodies I used in both spreads:
- Art Journal (I have this one)
- Assorted Scrapbook Papers and Stickers (I used floral papers, newsprint letters, and vintage-y stickers)
- Paper Towels
- Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Assorted Colors. I keep mine in these storage tins.
- Markers: I used a Black Copic and the Tombow Fude Twin Tip
- Mini Ink Blending Tool
- Water Mister (optional)
- Heidi Swapp Color Shine (I used this Hot Pink)
- Heidi Swapp Metallic Texture Paste
- Other Goodies: Bubble Wrap, Spouncer, Scissors
Now…Let’s get creative!
First things, first…here is a close up of the Mini Ink Blending Tool. It’s velcro so you can replace the blending pads easily. I try to use different pads for different color. (I have this set of replacement foams so I have plenty on hand).
Now we can officially get started!
Tip: Use scrap paper as a guard sheet throughout these steps to protect your other journal pages, as you can see I’m doing in the images below.
Step One: Open your art journal and get your Distress Inks ready! For my first “Be Fearless” page, I did a rainbow look. For this “Do what you love” one, I stuck to fewer colors. You’re basically just “dipping” your blending tool in the ink pads and blotting/swirling the ink onto the page. Just have fun with it!
Step Two: I use the mister tool and spray water in the palm of my hand and then quickly scatter droplets onto the page. Almost immediately, I blot dry with a paper towel. So pretty, isn’t it?!
Step Three: This step is all about the magic of Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I used this Hot Pink. I LOVE this stuff. It’s dries with this gorgeous metallic sheen and it’s so fun to spray on the page. I’m going back to Michael’s this week to get more colors!
Can you see the metallic sheen in these close-ups? Swoon.
Step Four: Next, I used the Heidi Swapp Metallic Texture Paste…again I only have one color so I’m totally going back for more! This adds texture to your artwork. I paint it onto bubble wrap and press it on my page but you can also use it with various stencils and a spouncer to add texture.
Step Five: Next I start adding the florals I cut from scrapbook paper and some stickers (use a paper friendly glue like ZipDry to glue on the scrapbook paper flowers).
Step Six: I outlined the newsprint letter stickers with a black Copic Marker to make them stand out and more readable. Then I used the Tombow Fude Twin Tip to add a bit more lettering with brush calligraphy.
Step Seven: I stop to assess the layout and then add more details. On this particular layout I added some more of the spray ink and a few more florals.
Step Eight: Add some doodles if you need to fill some spaces better!
Step Nine: Using lids from craft supply bottles and the black Distress Ink, I stamp circles on my pages to add more interest.
Step Ten: On this layout, I added even more doodles with some Soufflé Gelly Roll pens.
And that’s it! The same basic steps are the ones I used for the above and below Art Journaling layouts.
Stay tuned for more Step-by-Step Art Journaling Techniques, tutorials, inspirations, and more! It’s my latest creative obsession. You can also follow my new Art Journaling Board below for more inspiration.