Free art journal tutorial (Studio Time 16)

Studio Time 16 - free mixed media tutorial with Mimi Bondi

Feeling so chilled…

And no, don’t think for a minute that I have been smoking something suspicious because that’s not my style!

I was just feeling high on life, with my belly full of peanut butter (shhhh… don’t tell anyone I finished the jar!!).
I could hear the gentle sound of the rain falling outside my window… You know, when there is no wind and no other sound but that gentle and soothing drumming of droplets hitting the grass and ground?
Well, sometimes I couldn’t hear it because of Poppy’s loud snoring! I think he was feeling chilled too, all cosy and warm below his pink (oops) fleecy blanket in his bed, by my feet.

Appreciating the simple things is life is what happiness is all about, wouldn’t you agree?

And so I decided to have another pyjama day, hehe 😉 You know, when you just spend the whole day in the same clothes you normally wear at night. Oh come on, you know what I mean, don’t lie to me 😛

I set out to do some ”chilled” painting in my red Moleskine art journal but as you can see from the photos, it didn’t end up looking ”chilled”! It’s actually quite vibrant and energetic and I just love the results.
This will be a wonderful spread to look back at every now and then, to remind me that ”everything in my world is A-OK…” 🙂

Follow me along with this free art journal tutorial and let me know if you enjoyed it with a comment below!
Of course you may not have the same supplies I used (and definitely not the same stamps as I hand carved them) but it doesn’t matter, go along with it anyway and use what you have. Then feel feel free to post a photo in my Facebook group here.

Peace out my Creative Friend!!


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Studio Time 16 - free mixed media tutorial with Mimi Bondi

Studio Time 16 - free mixed media tutorial with Mimi Bondi

Studio Time 16 - free mixed media tutorial with Mimi Bondi

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  1. I love watching your u tube videos
    I get do inspired to work in my art journal afterwards

    • mimibondi

      That’s what I like to hear Deb!! Thanks for your popping by 🙂 Love from oz, mimi

    • This spread is ” ABSOLUTELY” wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching this come together. Like you, I can’t help myself, and I always end up using bright, ” ABSOLUTELY” great mood lifting colors in my art journal I have learned so much from you, which has allowed me to be more freeing with my background paintings, making my journal much more interesting and fun Thank you very much.

    • mimibondi

      Hi Cheryl! I am absolutely delighted that you enjoyed this tutorial hahaha I am so glad to hear I am helping in some way with your art, that makes me feel so good!! Love to you 🙂 mimi

  2. Mimi..I absolutely love all your tutorials on youtube, I get so excited when I see them on my feed… hahaha the colors are so beautiful you make it look so easy… Cant wait to get your book… soon hopefully 🙂

    • mimibondi

      Thank you so much for popping by Maria! It’s good to hear from you 🙂 Soon I hope! Shipping seems so slow sometimes! Happy painting 🙂

  3. I am so impressed by how you achieve the bright happy look with paint…this one has my favourite colours in it.

    • mimibondi

      So glad to hear we have the same colour tastes Jan!! How can you not feel happy with these, right?

  4. ‘ABSOLUTELY’ Lovely. he he. Love the colors, and your stamps. Will be waiting for a tut on how you made those. I’m not familiar with the large pink stamp material. Only have used the white, it’s very hard material. TFS

    • mimibondi

      Thank you Doreen hahaha The pink stuff is fairly soft. You can also practice on erasers 😉

  5. It’s always a pleasure watching you, Mimi. You pages just come alive. Poppy has a good life, too.

    • mimibondi

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Judy! And yes, Poppy is a lucky dog indeed hehe 🙂

  6. Wonderful. Love your style. Also love that your pup was snoring nearby. I have my kitty by my shoulder purring away. She snores quite often too. Very soothing and comforting.

    • mimibondi

      Thank you Denise 🙂 Yes, it is such a lovely and comforting feeling to have a little snoring furball by one’s side (except when you are filming!) hahaha Glad you can relate xx mimi

  7. You are such an inspiration to me. I am a novice and hesitant, at times, to try some of the things that I see you do, but when I see your results, I want to get into it and try it myself. After all………………it is MY journal and I can always cover up what I do not like and try something different. Thanks for all your videos……..I love them!

    • mimibondi

      You are exactly right Sharon!! It is YOUR journal and there is NO way you can wrong it it. When you feel yourself hesitating, just ask yourself ”if I do this, what’s the worse that can happen??”…
      You mess up the page? Big deal, we all have to learn somehow, paint over it.
      You think it looks ugly? Cover it up!
      Others won’t like it? Who cares as long as you like it 🙂
      No more hesitation, go for it! xx Lots of love, mimi

  8. Love your tutorials and keep watching them to give me ideas! I love painting with my fingers too now your right it gets you into the painting itself a great feeling. X

    • mimibondi

      So glad to hear Dianne! Finger painting is awesome ???

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