Create Art – Mixed Media Art Journaling

Hello friends,

Bela here! I hope you all are rocking and also enjoying all the amazing projects shared every week by my DT friends. Today on Itsy Bitsy’s blog I am here with a beautiful art journal page .

For me, art journaling is something where I can put my heart, mind and soul into the creation without thinking about the outcome or the choice of materials .

Art journaling is so amazing that you can do your trial and errors, get to know some beautiful color combos and the use of some mediums to get an amazing outcome. Even if you don’t, it’s still a trial and you get to learn a lot from this. Also, art journal is an awesome way to express the creative feelings and make something which you can go back to whenever you need any kind of inspiration. You can carry it around, add to it whenever the creative mojo strikes you or even flip through to revive memories.  The artwork on the pages can be super simple like doodling or something very complex depending on the mood and the materials which you can get your hands on at that point of time.

Today, I have done a beautiful mixed media journal page where I have combined the mixed media techniques with decoupage. I totally enjoyed the page and it was kind of a trial for me to see if this will work or not…. as I was trying something like this for the first time.  my main product in this art work is Little Birdie Crackle Medium which is a new product and I just couldn’t wait to try my hands on it.

I used a beautiful art journal from the store which is 440 gsm, handmade, heavy weight and its made with 100% cold pressed cotton papers. For me this art journal was perfect as I was attempting a mixed media technique and it can take all the textures, layers and mediums without warping the paper.

I started with choosing a beautiful decoupage tissue with huge roses , fussy cut them and adhered the paper on the left side bottom corner of the left page and the right side top corner of the right page with Deco magic glue. This glue is perfect for any kind of decoupage on any surface.

After that I randomly applied the Crackle Paste with a stencil as I wanted the pattern as a part of my composition. I left it to air dry till small cracks appeared and the paste was totally dry.

I lightly brushed white gesso onto the plain areas of my paper to prime it and prepare it for the splashes I was going to use. I splashed the page with the colors at some places and at some places I applied them with the brush as I needed to be in control of the colour flow. I didn’t want it all over the flowers.

Once I was happy with the way my page looked, I allowed it to dry completely. Once again I fussy cut some butterfly and dragonfly from the leftover tissue and filled in some blank spaces by adhering these to the page.  To add little more interest to my page I used a script stamp  for some texture,  especially on the left and the right edges . For this, I used archival black ink. Last but not the least, I thought of adding a simple title – Create Art.

Once everything was done then I added a coat of soft matte gel to seal the page and bingo!!! My page was done…. I hope you all like the way I have merged decoupage and mixed media techniques to make this art journal page and I also hope you all will give it a shot. I am super happy the way its turned out!!

Don’t forget to leave your comments telling us how you liked the page. I absolutely love to read them. Till the next creative post…. you all take care and have fun!!!!

Love & Hugs


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  1. What an amazing creation Bela. A treat of the eyes and tutorial is so nicely explained that even beginners can try their hand on art journaling if they follow this tutorial.

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