There Are Always Flowers mixed media tutorial ST44

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Pretty flowers mixed media tutorial

What do you do when you have pages in your journal covered in paint and ink?
You just start a new page spread of course!

Here are the steps I took for this pretty flowers mixed media page spread:

  1. I started on my flowers mixed media spread with pages already full of leftover paint and stamp prints from previous painterly adventures so I already had a background to play with, yippee!
  2. I decided to add a little texture to it by using a pretty ‘Moroccan tiles’ pattern from a napkin. I removed the backing layers until I was left with the slightly transparent printed layer.
  3. I tore some pieces by hand, removing the edges so I didn’t get any straight lines (to be fair, the paper is so thin at that stage that straight lines may not even show through once glued!).
  4. I applied gel medium below the paper pieces to glue them, and on top to seal them. Loving the funky design already!
  5. Next I applied some light green paint, then mauve then hot pink to bring everything together and add gorgeous colours…
  6. Using a texture sheet with various patterns on it (and some ink), I created interesting elements by pressing it onto my pages in different sections.
  7. A little more paint, this time light turquoise…
  8. Then some really fine script using a Carabelle Studio stamp (see below for where to buy it from). Love how it gives you the idea of secret letters written in the background without being legible!
  9. Now let’s get to the focal points: pretty flowers! I created them with a stencil and some white gesso to make sure they would pop from the page, without feeling too separated from the background.
  10. Using a white gel pen I added a little more definition to the flowers by hand drawing thin stems and leaves – there are there without being the first thing you notice…
  11. … And the special quote by Henri Matisse *There Are Always Flowers for Those Who Want to See Them* (so true and beautifully said!) using a black marker pen.
  12. My art journal spread didn’t need much to feel complete so I did was add gold paint fairly thick around the edges and in the centre of the flower for a little shine and… Voila! 🙂

I really love it! It feels fresh and happy at the same time 🙂

Watch the video tutorial below and let me know your thoughts a comment below (scroll down to the bottom of the page) as I always love to hear from you!

With love and sunshine,

Mimi Bondi

Art supplies used:
(click on blue links if you want to buy the same ones)

There Are Always Flowers mixed media tutorial with Mimi Bondi (Studio Time 44)

There Are Always Flowers mixed media tutorial with Mimi Bondi (Studio Time 44)

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  1. Great page, would love to know where you got that ruler. I love it…

    • mimibondi

      Glad you enjoyed it Marianne! I’ve had that ruler for SO MANY years, I’m sorry I don’t remember where it was from 😉

  2. Actually, I do have your book already! I’m pretty sure I discovered your book before I found this blog, in fact.

    • mimibondi

      So happy to hear you found me Heather! The WWW is a BIG place haha 🙂 I hope you’re in the FB support group in case you have questions about the tutorials or want to show your work related to the tutorials/book 🙂 xx

  3. I love this piece! I love the colors and textures, I love the quote, and most of all I love your clear directions and demonstration. I feel like I could try to do my own similar piece following your techniques. Thank you so much for sharing! I look forward every week to seeing your tutorials. 🙂

  4. Beautiful journal page

    • mimibondi

      Thanks so much Bernadette!

    • That is so pretty mimi, you make it look so easy! Xx

    • mimibondi

      Thanks so much Yvonne, I promise you can do that too! That’s what my No Shenanigans book & e-course are about, to show you in micro detail what to do every step of the way! Please do check it out if you haven’t already as it would make me so happy to be able to help you on your creative journey 🙂

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From layering to collaging, throwing ink around, painting with my fingers…
To creating digital art… my creativity has no bounds!
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