How To Make an Art Journal Page With Refill Inks

Posted by Kim Dellow
You don’t have to use your refill inks to just refill your ink pads, you can use them to add color to your projects too. See how with this refill ink art journal page.

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Hi, it's Kim Dellow here with an art journal page made using refill inks. I don't know about you but I forget sometimes that refill inks are just a great away to add color to projects. There are so many different inks and they come in these easy-to-use bottles and in such a wide range of colors, so why not use them as they are in your mixed media art?

You really don't need to use a lot either and can happily use just a drop or two to give a nice intense color. You can also use them in a whole variety of different ways depending on what type of ink you are using. So for example if they are water-based, you can use them like watercolor paints.

For this project I thought I would try something a bit different to add a bit more texture to the art journal page: I am using the inks with tissue paper and gel medium to make my page. But feel free to experiment with other ways of using them!

Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journals - 5.5" x 8"
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Re-Inker - Danube Blue
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Re-Inker - Pear Tart
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Re-Inker - Angel Pink
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Re-Inker - Rose Bud
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Re-Inker - Grape Jelly
  • Prima Marketing Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel - Transparent, 8 oz.
  • Kreinik Acid Free Tissue Paper 20" x 30" - 6/Pkg
  • Martin Universal - Mijello Fredi Weber Palette - Large
  • Sharpie Water-Based Extra-Fine Paint Marker - Black
  • Palette knife
  • Scissors

Let’s Add Color Refill Inks!

Trim a piece of tissue paper to fit a journal page. It doesn't have to be perfect and don't worry about any rough edges.

Add a layer of the gel medium to the center of the area you want to have the color on in the journal page; make it slightly thick so that it doesn't dry out too quickly but don't use so much that it will cover the whole page.

You need to work fast for the next couple of steps!

Make sure all the lids are off the refill ink bottles to make it quicker

When the colors are added then pick up the tissue paper, turn it over and place it over the gel medium on the journal page, using the palette knife to smooth it down and move the ink and gel around. Let it dry.

Repeat Steps 1 to 4 on a spare piece of journal page using just the Angel Pink ink. Then repeat for another page using mostly Pear Tart ink. Let the pages dry.

Draw a flower on the pink page, leaves on the green page and cut them out.

Then draw circles over the multi-colored page and stick the flower and leaf over the top to finish.

Hope that this has inspired you to use refills for more than just refilling your ink pads! Happy inking!

Kim Dellow