Mixed Media Art Journal Page – There Are Always Flowers

Mixed Media Art Journal Page – There Are Always Flowers


Today I’m working my Strathmore visual
journal to create an art journal page and to create the background I’m
starting with some NeoColor 2s by Caran D’Ache. The colors I’ve chosen are
Boudeaux and Royal Blue and I’m just applying them to an un-gessoed page in
their dry form and later I’m going to blend them through with some Golden
Fluid acrylic in Titanium White Once I’m happy with the amount of pigment on the page from the NeoColors I’m starting to blend them with the white paint. I’ve chosen to activate the pigment with acrylic rather than water because I want to
create a very muted pastel effect Adding white paint this way also
achieves a creamy more blended outcome which is not obtainable when using water. Next, I want to add some elements of interest to my background so I’m beginning here with a lace stamp by Stampin’ Up and I’m using Archival ink in Cornflower Blue. I’ve chosen Archival ink because it’s suitable for a non porous surface such as over the acrylic paint in this instance. It’s also permanent once dry, therefore additional layers of wet media can be added without distorting the images. As well as the stamping, I want to add some torn pieces of patterned
paper and for this I’ve chosen a paper by Prima from the Princess Collection. I’m tearing
the paper to reveal a white edge – This will help it blend more easily into the
background and also, the exposed white edge will serve to take color more
easily in the next step of the project Once I’m happy with the placement of the
torn paper, I’m using Matte Medium by Golden to adhere them to my page. Now I’m taking the same Bordeaux colour
that was used in the background to outline the pieces of torn paper and then I’m going to blend those
with some Titanium White in the same manner that did the background at the
start. And here I’m using acrylic paint in Titanium White as before and then I’m using my fingers to push the colour out into the
background so that it gradually fades away from that torn paper image Now I’m using a stamp set by “PaperArtsy” and I’ve chosen the bottle image from this “Hot Picks” plate. I’m using the Archival ink again in Cornflower Blue, and I’m stamping a row of the same image along the bottom of this
journal page. Now I’ve chosen another PaperArtsy plate. This is JOFY 14, and again I’m using the Cornflower Blue, but this time I’m stamping it first on some scrap paper so that the
impression is much lighter and the reason for this is that later in the project I
want almost cover those stamped lines with paint. What’s nice about these stamps is
that you can manipulate the heads of the flowers and the stem so that they face different
directions and that way it doesn’t look like you just used one of two stamps for your project. It looks like you’ve got an array of different images. Manipulating the flowers in this way really helps with composition and it makes your piece appear more natural and realistic And here are all the flowers that I’ve stamped. I do add a couple more later, but for now, these are the ones I’m happy with. All those stamps are from that same JOFY plate from PaperArtsy. So now I’ve gone back to the Bordeaux Neo Color and I’m starting to add
some color to the petals of these flowers and I’m mixing it with a little bit
of white paint as I go, so I still get that creamy pastel effect that I was looking to
achieve on the background and overall really for the piece. Now I decide that the very tips of the petals need to be a little bit brighter, so I’ve chosen Quinacridone Magenta by Golden. This is a transparent fluid acrylic It does brighten up those petals just slightly so that the flowers are going to pop more off the background and become more of a feature. And now I go back to the Titanium White to blend those colours together, and I do this several times, picking up some of the Magenta, then white, and then Magenta again just so it’s blended to a point where I’m happy with the color intensity on the edges and how
muted and creamy it is towards the centre of the flower Now I’m going to colour the centre of the flowers using exactly the same method as before so this “Orangish Yellow” NeoColour and then blending it with some white
acrylic paint. And I’m taking care here to try and blend out those stamped lines and you’ll see later in the project when I’ve gone over this several times that the
lines start to disappear. Now I’m going to add some colour to the little
bell type flowers and for this I’m using “Royal Blue” which was the same
color Neo that was used to at the start of the project in the background, and once again it’s being blended with some white acrylic paint. And this really is just a base coat. I’m
not really worrying too much about shading or anything at this point. And now I’m
continuing to add colour to the remaining flowers using the same techniques. Now I want to add some color to the flower
stems so for this I’ve selected an Inktense pencil by Derwent and the
colour is “Spring Green”. I could have used one of the NeoColours for this but
the fact that the stems are so slender made me decide to use a pencil instead
because the tip is so much finer. I’m activating the colour in the Inktense pencil in exactly the same way that I did with the Neos by using some white acrylic as well as some water Next, I want to work on the bottles, and I’m going over the Archival Ink that I stamped them with using some white acrylic paint. The same as I’ve been using throughout. This is giving them a more muted appearance. I did notice whilst I was doing this that the Archival Ink actually smudged a little bit which is unusual because Archival
is a permanent ink. I’m not sure whether that’s unique to this particular color
but it’s definitely something I’ve not experienced before. However it
complimented the appearance of the bottles so it was actually a happy accident A little bit later whilst I’m painting the bottles, you’ll see that the Inktense pencil also runs a little bit whilst
I’m painting over areas that were not previously activated with water, and I
was expecting this and I wasn’t too bothered about it since if the bottles
were actually glass, you’d probably have some green reflection in the stems
anyway, so it just added to the realism Next I’m using some Prisma Color pencils to start adding some definition to the flowers So I’m starting here with a white pencil to add highlights, and later you’ll see, that I take some other colours to start refining the detail Here, I”m taking several colours to brighten up the centres of the daisy type flowers and to add a little bit more contrast on them So I start by outlining the flowers with an Orangish Yellow colour And as I’m doing so, I’m dragging some of that colour down into the petals to make it look more realistic And once I’ve dragged it down, I’ll spread that out, along the length of the petals using the white pencil Now I’m going to repeat the process of defining the blue flowers using Prisma Pencils. I’m using Violet Blue to begin with and then I’m going to use Violet as
well and a little bit of white Now I’m using a Neo Color 2 by Caran D’Ache in the colour “Payne’s Grey” and this is to add a border around the page So to begin with, I scribble a border around the page and I’m going to use a baby wipe to
soften and activate that color Now I’m adding some “Prussian Blue” Neo Color over the “Payne’s Grey” And this is because I felt the Payne’s Grey was a litte too grey and it needed to compliment the rest of the blue colours on the page more. I also used the Prussian Blue to ground the bottles So they look like they’re sat on a shelf and not floating in the middle of the page Now going to work on the bottles and
start to add some depth and shading to those To start with I’m using a “Verithin” pencil by Prisma. This is the “Violet Blue”. And this is to give definition to the bottles on the shadow side Now, I’ve switched to Pan Pastels and this is “Phthalo Blue” which I’m using to soften the border a little bit, and extend it further into the page. and I also use this to start adding more shading to the bottles Now that I’m happy with the border I’m switching my attention to the bottles using the same Phthalo Blue Pan Pastel to start adding some shadows and I also use this in combination with the Violet Pan Pastel I’m using the same combination of Pan Pastel colours to add some shadow to the ground And then I’m switching to a Hansa Yellow to pull in some warmer colours into the bottles so it looks a little bit
more realistic and it’s reflecting colour from the stems and from other
areas of the page. Now, I’m going back to the JOFY stamp set and I’m stamping the quote onto plain white cardstock. This is 160gsm, and I’m cutting that out and adhering that using Golden Matte Medium I might also add here that it’s not generally a good idea a good idea to add a wet medium when you’ve used Pan Pastels unless you fix them first In this case I was very aware of
that, so I was being extra careful around areas where I knew the Pan Pastel was.
So, I’m trying to keep away from the top the border and then not brushing over it too much on the bottles either Now I’m adding some colour to the quote, so I’m using Orangish Yellow Neo Color which is one of the colours used on the flowers So I know it’s going to compliment the rest of the page I’m just going around the outside of the quote although I am actually going to colour it completely – that is actually enough pigment just on the outside I’m using a
paintbrush that is loaded with very dilute white acrylic, and it’s so dilute
because I don’t want to obliterate those words. I still want to be able to read
them. Now I’m taking a Magenta Pan Pastel and I’m outlining the quote with that and then I’m also going to drag some of that Magenta colour into the bottles so it’s reflected
in several areas of the page – so there’s Magenta on the quote, Magenta on the flower petals and also reflected in the
bottles And that was the last step of the project so here is the final page. I hope you enjoyed watching. As always, there will be a link to the full product list in the video description, and there, you will also find my social media links

56 thoughts on “Mixed Media Art Journal Page – There Are Always Flowers

  1. You are amazing!  I just loved watching you create this gorgeous page.  I am so glad you are back on a more regular schedule sharing your art.

  2. So inspirational.Where do you get your ideas? Also, how many art journal pages do you estimate you have ever created so far

  3. Absolutely beautiful! I love the techniques you used. I have not used paint to activate my Inktense pencils and will try this soon in my journal. Love the softness of the piece and the music. Your work is inspiring, as usual!

  4. This is beautiful, as usual! May I ask how long this piece took you to complete in real time? Thanks for sharing!

  5. wow! just beautiful and very inspiring. I had to click on subscribe….I can't wait to watch more of your videos.

  6. This is by far the most beautiful page Ive ever seen!! I love how it all came together, the colors, the awesome flowers and bottle stamps! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  7. This is absolutely beautiful!  Thank you so much for taking the time to do it and to make such an enjoyable and informative video!  Well done!  Bravo!!

  8. OMG, you are so very talented! I have never seen this technique before and I completely love it!! I will watch this again and attempt your technique on a much smaller level. Thank you so much for teaching and sharing like you do. Such an awesome inspiration.

  9. I adore this page Rach!  What beautiful colors!  delicate colors, yet so wonderfully beautiful.  You are my favorite!!

  10. Beautiful. I almost missed seeing this one. Love how you did the background and love that bottle stamp! Your attention to detail is 'off the charts' !  It's good to hear how and WHY you do things. Gives me more confidence to try things. TFS!

  11. just beautiful! and I agree live the style of tutorial, what a great dormat youtube is for the sharing of our talents and creativity! i stumbled onto your chanel, so glad I did 🙂

  12. just subscribed to your channel after seeing a few of your process videos. You're very talented and I really enjoy watching the process and explanations you give along the way. Very pretty page. 🙂

  13. I love your art and your teaching+ sharing style. Thank you for these videos!!!

    Can the first layer be repeated once the titanium white has dried? It looks like it would be a great start for a subtle sunrise or sunset background.

  14. Bonjour,
    Je trouve votre travail fascinant et il me donne envie de décorer la chambre de ma fille de 3 ans et demi en m'inspirant de vos créations.
    Ici en France le matériel de loisirs créatifs est très cher et nous n'avons pas énormément de choix. Pourriez-vous m'indiquer quelle sorte de crayons de couleur vous avez utilisé pour ce tableau.
    Merci d'avance et continuez à nous faire rêver avec vos idées.

  15. Peace and beauty in this one. So very lovely. Your explanations as you go make me believe I could actually do something like this (I couldn't but it's nice to pretend even at my age LOL). TFS 🙂

  16. I did not get the name of the chalks or colors you used when you first started.  Could you let me know please.

  17. I agree that there are always the flowers, the trees, and beautiful things like this .. .because they are so many things that are not going well otherwise .. and in the current state of affairs we cannot even take comfort in a married life

  18. This video was recommended by Youtube and I am absolutely thrilled that I watched it! Your work is beautiful, and seeing the steps and techniques used is beyond helpful. Overall, stunning piece and inspiring video!

  19. Beautiful as always, and I agree with Patti…thank you so much for the step-by-step explanations. It helps so much! Deborah

  20. I have always loved neocolors (2) but never blended them with white acryllics……thanks for the lesson 👍😁

  21. Another beautiful page….your attention to detail is amazing tfs your talent, I look forward to seeing your videos. 💕😊🇦🇺

  22. I’m in love with this picture. I want it on my wall! It has lots that I love in it, bluey-greeny glass bottles, red and blue flowers, ripped wallpaper wall… TFS. I also really like the way you tell us going through what you’re using and why. I think you’re the art class I wasn’t allowed at high school! I’m convinced; I’ve subscribed
    🌹 Rosie of Oz 🇦🇺

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