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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!).
- I applied gel medium below the paper pieces to glue them, and on top to seal them. Loving the funky design already!
- Next I applied some light green paint, then mauve then hot pink to bring everything together and add gorgeous colours…
- 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.
- A little more paint, this time light turquoise…
- 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!
- 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.
- 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…
- … 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.
- 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,
Art supplies used:
(click on blue links if you want to buy the same ones)
- Morrocan Tiles napkin
- Liquitex Gel Medium Matte
- Liquitex Basics Acrylic in Brilliant Yellow Green, Light Blue Violet, Quinacridone Magenta, Light Blue Permanent
- Makeup sponges
- Carabelle Studio Polyzen 1 Texture Plate
- Carabelle Studio Circles Text Stamp
- Tsukineko StazOn Stone Gray Ink Pad
- MMS Blooms stencil
- Pebeo Studio Acrylic Iridescent Paint Gold
- Sakura Gelly Roll Pen White Medium
- I used a Black Posca pen but I also recommend the Black Sharpie Paint Marker Extra Fine