Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mixed Media Art Journal Pages: Amazing Wonder

Hello chippie fans.  Barbara here again with my last post as guest designer for Gina's Lasercut Chipboard.  But never fear, I am not gone for good.  I will be back next month as a regular designer on their design team. Yay, I am so excited about this fabulous opportunity.

Anyway, it is no surprise to those who know me that I am super fond of birds, and all animals, for that matter.  It is no "Wonder" that I am always "Amazed" by their sweetness, as well as their ability to fly!  Hence came the name for my journal pages.

Lay a background of printed tissue paper onto journal pages with matte medium.
Blend Radiant Gels Twilight and Celedon on both pages, spritzing with water to keep the transparency.
Dab Radiant Rain Coral Berry dauber along top edge of journal page, mist with water and allow color to run and spread.
Spread Twilight Radiant Gel through stencil with spatula, let dry.
Dab more Radiant Rain Coral Berry dauber randomly over background, spritz with water and add Kiwi Silks Acrylic Glaze, blending the two over the background.
Paint Flights of Fancy Music Girl with flesh tint acrylic paint.  Draw in a few facial details with a pencil.
Add highlights to face by mixing white gesso with the flesh tint paint.
Continue coloring face details with markers.
Cover face with paper towel and mist with a mixture of PE China Black and water for hair.  I love the mottled look this gives the hair.
Dab Radiant Rain Egyptian Gold over two Damask Singles.Heat emboss the ornamental bird cage with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.  While the powder is still hot, sprinkle black embossing powder over it to give it an antique silver look.
Spray bird flourish with Fern Radiant Rain mist.  Add Twilight Radiant Gel to the bird only.
Spray Fern Radiant Rain Mist over the leaves and ornament.  These were the punch outs from the large Damask Single. Aren't they pretty?  Nothing goes to waste here.
Dab Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dabber over words, then mist with Pewter Radiant Rain Mist.  When dry, add Delicata Silver Shimmer randomly over words.

Dab Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dabber over the Damask Singles.
Adhere chipboard embellishments to pages as shown in photos.  I also added a piece of jewelry chain between the damask single and the birdcage to make it appear like it is hanging from the ornament above.
I added he three chipboard pieces that were punched out from the Damask Single to the based of the Music Girl, as shown.
One last thing I did was to add splotches of Egyptian Gold randomly over the page.  This is one of my favorite techniques to do with these daubers.  Make sure the dabber is juicy and just tap it down onto the page.  It will splatter the ink and make these perfect splotches.  Love it!  TIP:  Don't wear your expensive clothes when doing this. 
And here are the two pages once again.  

Supplies used:
Gina's Designs:  Flights of Fancy Music Girl, Damask Singles, Ornamental Bird Cages Shape SetWords and Phrases 2, Birds and Flourishes Shape Set
Cottonwood Arts A2 Canvas Notebook
ColourArte: Radiant Gels: Twilight, Celedon; Radiant Rain Daubers: Egyptian Gold, Coral Berry, Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists: Fern, Pewter; Primary Elements Arte Pigment: China Black
Print Tissue Paper (Tim Holtz)
Embossing Powder: Silver, Black
Markers: Faber-Castell
Stencil: Dylusions

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out Gina's Designs for more fabulous chipboard shapes for all of your art work!  And please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my pages.  I love to hear from you.

See you next month, and have a creative week!



  1. Absolutely brilliant spread Barbara! Great use of those chippies and the way you painted the girl is so clever, wow!

  2. This is lovely, Barbara! I love the use of the chipboard and that blue is divine. xxx

  3. Great page Barb!! You really do use the pieces in such lovely designs!! xo

  4. I am always amazed at art journal pages, Barb! This one has me standing in wonder at all the fabulous techniques you worked in here. You are one amazing artist, my friend!

  5. Barbara - your journal pages are absolutely gorgeous and I love how you've used the chippies. And, my fav color is blue - so I am loving your background too!