How to Finish a Beginner Art Journal Page

Taking a background we already created using scrapbook paper, we are going to add a little bit of paint and journaling to complete.

Shop this Project

Hi Blitsy Fans,

Today I am taking one of the backgrounds we created from the 5 Ways to Jump Start Your Art Journal Page and finishing it in a very simple way. If you are new to mixed media or have always wanted to try it, this is one of my favorite ways to create a beautiful page without a whole lotta fuss. I started with a light coat of white gesso just to even everything out while still being able to see the patterns because we definitely want to still see those through our layers. Since I started building this page with a variety of pattern papers, I'm taking the pretty colors from those pages to match paint colors to start building layers. I am using a variety of different Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylics which I had colors that mostly matched the colors in the papers. For the gorgeous minty green color I combined two colors since I didn't have an exact match. This is a great way to stretch your supplies, too! Be sure to scroll down to watch my process video as I create this page for you today.


  • Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint (Night, Turquoise, Evergreen, Blushing, Gilt)
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology - Small Sticker Book
  • DecoArt Decoupage Sealer & Glue
  • Liquitex Gesso
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Media Board
  • Distress Crayon Set 3 (Hickory Smoke)
  • Dina Wakley Media Fine Tip Applicator
  • Spray Bottle

Join me in my studio!

Close Ups:

Thank you all for stopping by today. I hope any newbies reading this are encouraged to give mixed media a try. Once you have some basics under your belt, you'll be off creating your own style in no time!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!