Vintage art journaling: a free workshop! (Studio Time 27)

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My vintage art journaling technique…
or how to add a colorized effect on a black and white photo!

I have always loved the style of old black and white photos that have been colorized… Since I am not old enough to have such a photograph of myself, I decided to create my own vintage art journaling technique to add a little flavour to a modern photo!

First I turned one of my photos from colour to black and white in Photoshop… I used a photo from my wedding which was VERY colourful (as you can imagine haha if you’d like to take a peak at the festivities, don’t be shy, here ya go)

I printed it on regular copy paper on my black & white laser printer and glued it into my art journal. Then I added layers and my own style to end up with a vintage look that still had some colour.

Watch the full length workshop video below to see how I did it 🙂

I really love how things turned out and I hope you will give this a try! If you would like to share a photo of what you created from this tutorial, please post it right here so I can see it: 🙂

You can also let me know what you think of this vintage art journaling style in the comments at the bottom of this page, I’d love to hear from  you 🙂

Love to you my Creative Friend!


List of supplies:

Don’t worry about the supplies and colours I used and use what YOU have and what you like and will work well with your photo 🙂

• Gel medium – Alternative: ModPodge
• Paintbrushes (1 large to spread gel medium, 1 small to apply watercolour details)
• Acrylic paints (white, gold + 3 colours of your choice that go well together)
• Stamp(s) of your choice (cling or rubber)
• Inkpads (dark grey, gold) + 1 sponge dauber
• Stencil(s) of your choice
• Neocolor II crayons (water soluble) – Alternative: watercolours
• Pan pastels (brown/burnt sienna + colours of your choice)
• Pan pastel tools (Pan pastel knife + small sponge tool) – Alternative: latex makeup sponge
• Workable fixative for pastels – Alternative: matt spray varnish
• Black gelato (Faber Castell) – Alternative: Faber Castell gel stick/black PanPastel/black acrylic paint

Vintage art journaling: free mixed media workshop by Mimi Bondi

Vintage art journaling: free mixed media workshop by Mimi Bondi

Vintage art journaling: free mixed media workshop by Mimi Bondi

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Happy wedding day!!! Love the dress 🙂

    • mimibondi

      Thank you so much Renee!! 😉

  2. really enjoyed this thankyou Mimi! This has inspired me to try this technique.You are so creative!

    • mimibondi

      SO HAPPY to hear Amanda!! Hope you will show me what you created in the Facebook group 😉 xx mimi

  3. Loved your tutorial, I’m definitely going to give it a go, you are so inspiring, thank you

  4. That was great. Love watching your steps. It came out gorgeous.

    • mimibondi

      Glad you enjoyed it Judy, thanks for watching this workshop 🙂 xx mimi

    • mimibondi

      Glad you enjoyed it Judy 🙂 xx mimi

  5. Wonderful tutorial! I can’t wait to try this

    • mimibondi

      Thanks so much Bernadette, I look forward to seeing what you create! xx mimi

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Hi there, I'm Mimi!

Artist of Wonder ♥ Author ♥ Designer ♥ Teacher 
My style is abstract, whimsical, expressive, full of positive energy!
From layering to collaging, throwing ink around, painting with my fingers…
To creating digital art… my creativity has no bounds!
I hope to share with you the joy and peace I experience when creating 🙂

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