Art journal, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Finger Painted Background for Art Journal Page

Hello hello, Lulu Art fans!

Today I’ve set myself a little challenge – a simple black and white background for my journal page!  And I’ll let you in on a little secret, there is not one brush being used on this background in any way – none at all!  So how am I applying the paint?  Get ready to get dirty because we are going to get in there and do some fabulous finger painting to create this B&W background!

Check out how you can make this fast and simple page in this step-by-step clip.

Basic Steps

Glue collage paper (or cute paper bags) onto journal page using matt medium.

Add black and white gesso direct to page and spread with fingers – keep top lighter and make the bottom of page darker – add horizon line by swiping across the paint while it is still wet.  Make sure to try and blend your line at least a little, so it doesn’t look like a stripe!

Splatter with Lindy’s sprays while paint is still wet and dry with a heat tool.

Use matte medium to glue on collage papers and make the horizon line more prominent.  Then add stamped circles and patterns to page, focussing the pattern along the horizon line.

The stamped patterns really help break up the page background.

Fill some of the stamped images with crackle paste and add thinner amounts to the horizon line, using your fingers, allow the paste to dry and crackle.

Once the crackle paste is dry, add a little aqua pastel over the crackle on some of the circles.

To make sure the circles really POP add a little gold metallic paint and a hint of shimmering blue as well.

To finish the page, add some rough circles and illegible text using a fine tipped applicator bottle filled with paint.

at this point, it just needed something small to finish the page…..

I decided to add some of the Tim Holtz words to complete the page

Allow everything to dry and the finger painted page is finished.

The shine is so beautiful against the matt paint on the background!



I hope you enjoyed getting messy with me today, and if you need to purchase anything for this page you know you can get it from Lulu Art online.



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Create Your Own World – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

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Hello lovelies!!
My little Dylusions dyalog journal is almost full… can’t wait to do a flip-through video shortly. It is always so rewarding to see all the pages all together!

So today I added another quick page into my ‘backgrounds’ journal.

I used a simple concept… and have broken it down into basically 6 steps
1 – Gesso down – in this case, black gesso.


2 – Lift some back up through a stencil using baby wipes. This stencil is CELL THEORY by TCW


3 – Collage down – using Dina Wakley collage papers


4 – Stencil over – on the right the stencil is Donna Downey – GRASS stencil


5 – Choose a focal point – I chose the silhouette you can see in the above photo
6 – Shading, sentiment, detail and doodles – added shading to the figure, a small sentiment, doodles in paint pens and white sharpie details


Enjoy watching the complete video. It is quite short so won’t delay you too much
Have fun and hope you give this type of journal page a try.

Dani x

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Dina Wakley Media
– Scribble Sticks
– Permanent mixed media ink palette
– Collage words & collage papers
– LEMON heavy body acrylic
Dylusions Dyalog ‘backgrounds’ journal
Sharpie white water-based paint pen – extra fine
Prismacolor pencils
Black gesso & white gesso
Liquitex Matte Medium
– Donna Downey – Silhouette Trio
– Donna Downey – Grass
– TCW – Cell Theory 6×6

Paint Pens – Posca or Zig FX