And Flip Throughs

Thanks for stopping by. Here are some free mixed media art tutorials to jump start your creativity.  One of my future art goals is to offer on-line art classes, so these free tutorials are a way for me to try it out and for you to see if you enjoy my teaching style.

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My favorite art journal supplies

  • The art journal in the Orange Haired Girl video didn’t have a brand, but three of my favorite journals are the Canson XL Mixed Media Paper Pad , Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal and the Leuchterm 1917 hardcover blank journal. All three take Liquitex gesso and matte medium beautifully. They also stand up to a lot of collage layers and wet media.
  • Liquitex White gesso – nice because the page remains somewhat flexible once the gesso is dry. I do not recommend clear gesso for art journals because it tends to be very gritty, which will eat up your colored pencils, gelatos and other soft media.
  • Prismacolor pencils. Expensive, but so worth it. The colors blend beautifully when used over gesso, matte medium and acrylic paint.
  • Pitt Big Brush Pens. Useful for creating backgrounds but also kind of magical when used on a face. You’ll need to lay down matte gel medium and let it dry completely before you use the Pitt brush pens then smudge very quickly with your fingers to blend.
  • Faber Castell Gelatos. These take a little getting used to. They can be used straight out of the tube for a swatch of color or use a water brush or baby wipe to make a wash of color. Gelatos are permanent once they are dry. For extra spreadability, lay down a layer of matte medium or gesso first.
  • Ranger Distress Crayons Set #2. I was so sad when Ranger discontinued the Distress Inks in the dabber bottles. I steer clear of sprays these days (because I make quite a mess with them). These are my favorite of the Distress color palette.

Finish an Art Journal series

In this series, I work on art journal pages, share tips and techniques and random thoughts. These are create with me style videos, where I provide running commentary and my thought process for finishing a journal page and, sometimes, an art journal. Are art journals every really done?

Orange-haired girl. To kick the series off, I am working on an art journal that I used for working on the assignments in Jane Davenport’s “Express Yourself” class.  In flipping through this journal, I thought it deserved some attention. Rather than just work on the pages all alone, I picked up my camera and started recording the sessions. I hope you enjoy this new series and are inspired to work along with me on your own art journal.

Stamped Tissue Paper Tutorial. I have created a short video demonstrating how to make stamped tissue paper and what it looks like adhered to watercolor paper with some background elements.

Mixed Media style Goal Page Tutorial. These pages were originally made as part of my Minimalist Mixed Media Planner.


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Jumpstart Journal Class pdf handout

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Backgrounds. The class pdf file Jumpstart_Journal_2015_Lesson_1.pdf includes written instructions on the techniques from the class as well as links to Teesha Moore’s youtube videos on making her 16 page journal. I really enjoyed the class and seeing how everyone created their pages. Here are the photos from the class. I have 2 goals for this class: design the rest of the lessons and make video tutorials.


Art journal flip throughs

Some of these videos have running commentary by me; others are flip throughs with music (from the Free Music Archive, used with permission by Creative Commons license)