Simple Dylusions art journal covers tutorial (ST70)

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Simple Dylusions art journal covers tutorial

In this video I will show you how I decorate my Dylusions art journal covers, very easily!
It has been quite some time since I’ve published a Studio Time video! I know… I know… You are eager to get more and I wish I could produce more!
It’s just that the Mixed Media Store is keeping busy and there doesn’t seem to be enough time in life to do everything I’d like 😉

Back to the tutorial:

  • I started by applying a nice coat of gesso all over and made sure it was thoroughly dry
  • Of course my next step was finger painting hahaha You know it’s one of my favourite background techniques (maybe even the favourite of all favourites!) 😉
    By the way, if you ever feel stuck and unsure of when to start in front of your blank page/cover/canvas then check out my Mixed Media Playground 1 E-Course: I show you all my favourite background techniques so you will always have ideas of how to create your first layer, and I take you through 5 full length tutorials… More info here.
  • Once my covers were yes, covered (and dry), I picked a pretty stencil. I don’t remember which one this was and it doesn’t matter because you are going to pick one of yours anyway 😉
    I chose this particular one because of all the openings and details.
  • I pulled my gesso out again and applied it through the stencil, all over, to get a nice crisp white image.
  • It turned out so pretty already I didn’t want to cover it up so I did a simple border with gold paint and just stamped the word ”ART” to finish it off.
  • And to protect it for years to come I applied a nice layer of Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish. Easy, right?

I hope this has inspired you to decorate your own art journal covers too !

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With love and sunshine,

Mimi Bondi.

Simple Dylusions art journal covers tutorial (ST70)



  1. Nice to see you back again, Mimi. Keep creating so we can all be inspired by you again. Looking forward to following you again.
    Stay happy! Missed you!

    • Mimi Bondi

      Thank you so much for your encouragement and lovely words Linda, I appreciate that 🙂 xx mimi

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