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Welcome to the MIXED MEDIA MANIA! Today I am going to walk you through creating a background and basic collage techniques to create an artistic backdrop for your journaling insights.
First let's talk supplies. Rule #1: Use what you have. If you've got a supply of craft paints, kids markers and basic glue sticks you can do most of this page. Two supplies you may want to invest in are gesso and baby wipes.
Gesso is a chalk based acrylic "paint" that is used to give body and texture to your page. It comes in clear, white and black. I use white as a basic background. It' nice because you can also tint it with other acrylic paint colors. As we go along, I will share other cool ways I've learned to use gesso.
To create a page you need a substrate (basically a "blank canvas" of paper variety.)
I often use a spiral bound mixed-media notebook made by Canson (7x10 size). If you want to just make loose leaf pages you can use index card weight copy paper or watercolor paper. For this journey, I will be using old pages from a dictionary that I found at the Goodwill.
Once you've decided on your substrate, let's prepare it for journaling.
I will show you my process, then you make it your own. First, I applied the gesso to my dictionary page by directly pouring a small amount on the page.
I rolled it over the page with a brayer. You could also just apply it with a sponge paint brush or whatever you have on hand. If you are using plain paper, you need not feel obligated to apply gesso.
(To speed up the drying process, you can use a hair dryer.) After the gesso dried, I used water soluble crayons to color block my page. Once I was satisfied with the color coverage, I took a baby wipe to blend the color on to the page. The moisture in baby wipes release the water soluble color of the crayons. If you don't have these crayons, then use watercolor pencils or just color the background with any kind of paint or colored pencils. Do not use regular crayons, as they are hard to write over.
For the next layer, I glued a section of a "tear and paste" collage I had on hand. Then my next step was to add my journaling response from the prompts. To add words to the page, I used Sharpie markers and Painters by Elmer's (paint pens) and a white Pitt Pen. The paint pens are the easiest to read, and I think the black one is dramatic. I have tried various white pens and the Pitt Pen is the best by far. (I found it at Hobby Lobby for under $5.)
And that's your first page! Feel free to share any part of your experience, process or created pages with the private facebook group. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you'd like to join the group and I'll add you.
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