Art journal · Mixed media

What We Need

[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]
[Challenge win: Rising Star at A Place To Start challenge]
[Challenge win: Winner at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge]

Here’s a recent art journal page of mine –

Colorful art journal page with watercolor lines, marks, drips, and splatters, with a framed paper flower and a quote in the foreground

I made this on a wax paper page that I’d included in my journal. Last time I used wax paper for a spread, I’d added acrylics and washi tape for the base, and I thought that didn’t quite test how I can work with wax paper. So this time around, I decided to experiment on this page with watercolors.

I mostly played using watercolor cakes, smearing the colors with my brush, making various shapes and marks, and trying out some drips. Since the page is slightly glossy, it prolonged the drying time of the watercolors, and made them easy to mix together. I’d like to try out this combination of paint and paper again sometime.

Closeup of art journal page with watercolor lines, marks, drips, and splatters

To move on with my artsy session, I added outlines and accents inside and around the watercolored spots using a black fineliner, a white gel pen, and a white Posca marker. I also made some watercolor and acrylic splatters.

For the focal flower, I used scrap graph paper for a die cut, adhered the die cut over the background, and added fineliner outlines. I then adhered a pre-printed quote, and outlined it with a fineliner as well. Ta da!

With this page, I’m joining these challenges –


18 thoughts on “What We Need

  1. Such a fabulous piece – thanks for sharing with us at Creative Artiste. How do you find the Posca pen? I find mine doesn’t always give me the splatters I want. I wonder if I need a new one. I love how you’ve added a square around the flower to make it the focus of the page.

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    1. Thank you very much, Fiona! For splatters, I usually use acrylics or white gesso. I use the Posca pen for mark making, outlines, and coloring; and it performs exceptionally well there!


  2. Love your wax paper doodles, fabulous wash of colour incredibly expressive. Makes me want to run to the craftroom and go paint.
    Thank you for sharing with us @ Creative Artiste and joining in with our March Mixed media challenge.
    Best wishes Tracey (DT)

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