Art Journal: Believe

Welcome February!!! We are getting one step closer to Spring!!!

I’m back with another Art Journal page. Last month I showed you some light collage by layering papers and a few elements on my page. This month I’d like to introduce you to adding some paints and texture to your collage.

I started out with torn pages from some old books and glued them down using a glue stick. I added a little bit of white gesso over top to diffuse the papers and to create a cloudy effect.

Art Journal page, mixed medium

Next, I used Texture Paste with a couple stencils to add texture to the papers. The next step is something I think is important, I used Clear Gesso over everything to “even the field”. The clear gesso allows the print of the papers to show through while coating everything so it has the same surface. This allows the paints to behave the same over the entire piece. If I didn’t use it, the papers might absorb the paints a little too much and peel without a protective coating.


The paint I used is Dylusions Chopped Pesto and Polished Jade which I’ve applied using a baby wipe. Dyan Reaveley taught me this, it’s one of the easiest ways to add paint to create a background. Once you’re done with your backgrounds allow it to dry. I’ve used the Tim Holtz Feather Duo and Simon Says Stamp Believe die to decorate my page.


I filmed a full process video which you can view below or on our YouTube Channel HERE. I hope you enjoy!


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  1. So pretty. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent. I’m inspired to order some mixed media product and start creating.

  2. Thank you for the clear Gesso tip! I use pages from an old hymnal as background; this tip will be great for my projects.

  3. What a beautiful art page! I so loved watching the video–very calming and yet set my creative thoughts flying! Thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing your techniques!

  4. I LOVE this! The color gives it a nice relaxing feel, and the Texture paste effect gives it elegance. Thanks for the baby wipe tip!

  5. This is pretty. I love seeing all the different mixed media products used. Gives me an idea of what they do and look like before I actually buy them.

  6. So beautiful! I love the colors you used and how they mingle around the texture, just stunning! Thank you for sharing :)

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