How To Make A Die-Cut and Watercolor Art Journal Page

Posted by Kim Dellow

Watercolor is so popular right now, and for good reason! Learn how to incorporate this medium into your next art journaling project.

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Hi, it's Kim Dellow here and I have an art journal page to share with you today. Watercolor is very popular at the moment and quite rightly as it is a beautiful medium to work with. For this art journal I have used the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. These Japanese paints are actually somewhere between watercolors and gouache; they are gorgeously sumptuous to use and give you great color coverage. I've used them on top of gesso to cover the gel medium I used first but you can easily use them on a watercolor ground instead.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Junk journal or Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journals - 5.5" x 8" BLSM46015
  • Lawn Fawn Cole's ABC letter dies SKU Unknown
  • Kuretake - Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set - 24-Color Set BLZGMC2024V
  • Golden Regular Gloss Gel Medium - 8oz BL133814
  • Liquitex Gesso, 8oz BLLQ5308
  • Palette knife
  • Brushes
  • Cardstock (e.g. an old cereal box)

Let's Make A Watercolor Journal Page!

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To make the cascade of letters, die cut a number of the different letters from the cereal box and stick them to the journal page with the regular gel and let the gel dry.

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Cover the page completely with the gesso. Use a couple of layers if you need to, making sure that each layer is dry before adding the next one.

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Pick two colors that mix well together from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi palette and apply them over the letters with a wet brush. Try not to add too much water; the trick to watercolors is the amount of water you use so practice on spare paper first if you are not sure.

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Work over all the letters with the color and blend the lines where the two colors meet with a wet brush. Let the paint touch dry then add a bit more color with a wet brush and hold the page up to let the paint drip down the page.

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Pick up more color with a wet brush and tap the brush over the page with your finger. Add darker color to the edges of the letters and touch the surfaces of the letters with clean water on a brush to lift off some of the color and add more contrast.

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A fun art journal page and some techniques you can use with all sorts of projects, hope you enjoy!

Thanks for popping in.

Kim Dellow