Evolution of an Art Journal Page – Layers

Layer 1 – I always use gesso to prime the pages.

Layer 2 – Artfully arrange and adhere ephemera (scrapbooking papers, ticket stubs, stickers, postcards) with glue.  I used artist’s gel medium to glue the paper down and then spread a layer of medium over the top.

Layer 3 –  I added another light layer of gesso over the papers to mute the colors and because my gel medium has a gloss to it and I wouldn’t be able to write on the paper if it was glossy.


Layer 4 – I selected three watercolor paints and painted a ‘wet on wet’ technique, which is to say, I put water down on the paper and then spread a layer of my chosen watercolor over it.  This helps to create interesting effects as well as soften brush marks.

I also wrote on the post card and added a postage stamp and a rubber-stamped postmark.


Layer 5 – I sponged on a layer of gesso over the paint color to blend the colors and soften it some more with a makeup sponge (seen on the left page).  Please note that adding gesso over watercolor paint will cause it to smear a little.  This is why using a makeup sponge comes in handy instead of a brush, it is easier to control the amount of smudging.


Layer 6 – I added acrylic paint using a medicine cup, a number and letter stencil, and bubble wrap.  I made a mistake on one of the circles, so I covered it up with a “Bloom” sticker.  I love that there really is no cause for concern with mistakes in art journaling.


I might go back at some point and add handwritten text, or some doodles.  I never consider a piece really finished.  Sometimes I want to do some art, but only have a few minutes to do it, so I usually find old pages I started and add details whenever the mood strikes.

Have I mentioned that I LOVE art journaling?

About Casey

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road Again
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1 Response to Evolution of an Art Journal Page – Layers

  1. balladblood says:

    Reblogged this on balladblood and commented:
    This is great help for someone who has trouble starting a art/visual journal 🙂 thank you for putting it up here

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