How To Make A Mica Powder Journal Page

Posted by Kim Dellow
This sea-inspired art journal page will show you how to incorporate mica powder into your mixed media projects.

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Hi, it is Kim Dellow here and I have a confession to make. When I started this project I had no real plan for it, I was just experimenting to see what would happen. Really, that is how most mixed media art grows and develops whilst you are working, don't you think?

The theme only came to me when I looked at the finished piece and it made me think of the sea. I thought the shapes made by the template and colors from the mica and artisan powder reminded me of rock pools on a beach and so the theme was born!

Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Prima Marketing Frank Garcia Memory Hardware Artisan Powder Chapeliere
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Ingredients Mica Powder Teal
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Ingredients Mica Powder Deep Water
  • Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen hard Tip
  • The Crafter's Workshop Template 6 x 6 inch Pebbles Tied
  • Liquitex Gesso, 4oz
  • VersaMark Watermark Inkpad Clear
  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal Vellum 5.5 x 8 inch
  • Brush
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Plastic card
  • Martin Universal Mijello Fredi Weber Palette Large
  • Cloth or kitchen towel

How To Make:

Start by adding a thin layer of gesso to your journal page then let it dry. Then place the template over the page and add a thicker layer of gesso to the page and let this dry completely.

Place some water onto a palette then dip a damp brush into one of the mica powders and mix the powder into the water on the palette; keep adding until you have a good color and a smooth, liquid consistency. Repeat with fresh water for the second color. Now paint the color over the gesso texture on the page. Let the paint dry.

Brush the VersaMark pad over the texture so that the raised areas of the gesso pick up some of the VersaMark ink.

Dip a dry brush into the artisan powder, tap off the excess then brush it over the textured surface. Repeat until you think the areas that have the ink on are covered.

Rub off the excess artisan paper with a clean cloth or a piece of kitchen towel. The areas that had the VersaMark ink will turn a lovely gunmetal color and the other areas will retain a brown, sandy tint.

Once you are finished add a little sentiment; the page doesn't really need anything else as the texture and color all add interest. Lettering is a weak point for me so I usually practice on spare paper first to give me an idea of how it will look on the final piece. Then I might write it out in pencil and go over it with pen. Let the ink dry and rub out any visible pencil lines.

When the light catches this piece you can still see the shine of the mica as it peeks through the artisan powder giving it an extra feeling of a piece of the sea!

Hope you enjoy playing with your artisan and mica powders!

Kim Dellow