Paint an Art Journal Page Using Easy Techniques

This is the last of three blogs on our Basics Kits, kits that are perfect for mixed-media artists who want to try a new technique, or who are looking for a great gift for a creative loved one. Today we’re focusing on our Painter’s Basics Kit

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Adding painting to your mixed-media art is easy–just start with our Painter’s Basics Kit. This kit has everything you need to incorporate painting techniques into your artwork, whether that’s art journal pages, collage, cards, jewelry, printmaking, or assemblage. The kit comes with everything you need to get started: a set of Golden Open Acrylics Introductory Set in the Modern palette, brushes, a journal, palette paper, a collapsible water cup, and a book and DVD with enough techniques to keep you busy for a long time.

I made the art journal page above using the kit, and my inspiration for the artwork came from Art Lessons Vol. 10: Wielding Complementary Colors by Dina Wakley.

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I started by creating a wash on the page with Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue. When you add water to these Golden acrylic paints you can get amazing washes that look like watercolor–they’re so versatile.

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I then added some Titanium White and stenciled some marks around the page. I copied a vintage photo, tore it around the edges, adhered it to the page, and added more white around it to make it blend into the page (this is one of Dina’s coolest techniques).

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Color was added to the figure with Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble Pastels. I layered more paint and added more stenciled marks.

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The figure was outlined with a black Stabilo All pencil and the lines were blended with a wet brush. That collapsible water cup is such a great tool–it’s perfect for traveling and holds a lot of water.

I flipped through a vintage children’s book looking for elements to add to the page and found the toy airplane and the words “Ride Fast, Betty.” I think she looks like a Betty, don’t you?

Creating this page was fun, energizing, and I definitely have some new favorite techniques now. So don’t wait–this Painter’s Basics Kit is in limited supply, so get yours now!


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