Calm is Desirable in Life

Ideas for a Mixed Media Journal Page

by D’Anne Ward


When we play in our art studios wonderful things can happen! A good place to start playing with mixed-media techniques is by creating backgrounds with paste. This metallic background was created with Creative Mediums applied with a palette knife. Creative Medium adds texture and dimension to pages in a variety of ways.


On a blank journal page, apply Creative Medium Metallic Bronze with a palette knife in a random pattern and let dry. Applying Creative Medium with a knife as you would spread frosting on a cake allows the texture to be worked to achieve the desired thickness. Layer Creative Medium Iridescent Blue with a palette knife in several places and let dry.


Drip, drop, paint and swirl StazOn Studio Glaze over your texture background. It will dry to a deep semi-translucent color. I let each color dry before moving on to the next. irRESISTible Pico Embellishers can also be used to create fine lines as in the black ones here. The texture created in this project is amazing.


I hand-drew a lotus flower shape on white cardstock and covered it with Creative Medium Iridescent Blue. To add dimension I used Gothic Purple StazOn Studio Glaze. I felt it added a light touch to the wet lotus flower shape. I also shaded the outside edge of my page and mounted the dried blossom. After drawing in the stem with a black artist pen I created a checkerboard pattern with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress. I made a short poem from recycled magazine articles—an appropriate sentiment for what working in my art journal provides for me!



  • Faber-Castell – Black Pitt artist pen
  • Mixed media journal
  • Adhesive
  • White cardstock
  • Heat gun for faster drying
  • Pencil for sketching out ideas

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