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How To Make Abstract Journal Art

Posted by Kim Dellow

With lots of layers this abstract art will look great in your art journal or maybe even on your wall!

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Hi, it’s Kim Dellow here with something a little abstract. I’ve built up an abstract journal page with various layers and finished it with some fabulous three-dimensional paint texture using a splatter brush. I’ve also used some Derivan Liquid Pencil to add some more dimension to the page. If you haven’t tried this product yet then you might want to check it out. It can do many things that a pencil can but it comes in a pot and you can apply it with a brush. You can get it in different tints and in a permeant or rewettable format. For this project I used the Grey 3 rewettable version.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Medium Magenta
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Cadmium Red Medium Hue
  • Liquitex Soft Body Professional Acrylic Color - Prism Violet
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Permanent Light Blue
  • Liquitex Soft Body Professional Acrylic Color - Cerulean Blue Hue
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Titanium White
  • Golden - Regular Gel - Gloss
  • Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush
  • Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media Vellum 9"X12"-34 Sheets
  • Derivan Liquid Pencil Set
  • Inkssentials Cut-N-Dry Stamp Pad Foam-8"X10" Sheet
  • Brushes
  • Book pages
  • Water spray
  • Kitchen towel

Let's Make Some Abstract Art!

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Start by gluing blocks of book pages in a rectangle in the center of a journal page with the Golden gel and let it dry completely.

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Apply some of the Medium Magenta and Cadmium Red Medium Hue over the rectangle with some Cut n’ Dry foam.

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Knock back some of the color with a damp kitchen towel to give it a distressed look.

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Using a brush go around the borders of a couple of the book page pieces on the background with the liquid pencil.

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Build up the shading around the blocks with the liquid pencil and use a damp kitchen towel to remove areas if you need to as you work.

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Let the page dry completely. Then use the splatter brush to add paint over the page. For my page I kept the splatters towards the right-hand side of the page where I could.

The splatter brush can be used in different ways. Load it with a lot of paint and flick the whole brush over the surface. Load it with a small amount of paint and run your fingers through the brush hairs to make smaller splatters. Dip the tip of the brush in paint and dab it onto the page to give a clustered line of dots. Or try scraping it over the surface to add another texture to the page. You can also dip it in fluid paint or water and paint to make bigger more fluid splatters.

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All the layers really add to the texture of this piece and I love the combination of the hot and cold colors to make an interesting contrast. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and try some abstract art in your art journal too.

Kim Dellow