"A Little Strange" Mixed Media Art Journal Spread

Nicole Austin
September 4, 2018
November 27, 2017

Welcome to another Artist Gang Tuesday! In this week's tutorial, I'll show you how to create an easy, messy, colorful, layered mixed media art journal spread using my favorite materials! I always encourage you to use what you have. I love to start with oil pastels and then layer on liquid media to get a nice resist. You can use watercolor, spray ink, or watered down acrylic ink to get the same effect. It's also fun to play with stencils, paint markers and stamps to create exciting patterns! This time, I used a brand new-to-me supply: water based spray paint. I LOVE the look of spray paint, but hate the mess, fumes and having to wear a mask and work outdoors (which is almost impossible to do in the Arizona heat!) So the water-based option was perfect! So get out your art journal and let's get started!

Here are a list of all the supplies I used:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Journal
  • Donna Downey Signature Stencils: Silhouette Trio, Leaf Stem Trio, Numbers Repetitive, and Peonies
  • Spray ink (Dylusions and Mister Huey's)
  • Montana Water Based Spray Paint
  • Oil pastels
  • Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 pencils
  • Stabilo Marks-all pencils
  • Waterbrush
  • Baby wipes
  • Collage paper
  • Glue stick

I hope you enjoyed this week's video and that you're inspired to create something unique of your own! You can find more of my art, workshops and more over at:


You can also take an in-person workshop with me in 2018 and 2019:

Art and Soul Virginia Beach, October 1-6, 2018

Art and Soul Portland, March 10-17, 2019

Art and Soul Colorado Springs, May 28-June 2, 2019

Or find my online workshops here:


Thanks again for tuning in for another Artist Gang Tuesday! Enjoy and have a creative day!



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I am a mixed media artist, designer and instructor from San Jose, CA (currently living in Tempe, AZ).  I believe that everyone has a unique style and desire to create and that we are born curious and creative.  Over the years, many of us are discouraged from following our creative urges but I believe it is never too late to begin (or begin again!).  My art is messy, colorful, layered and fun. I have been drawn to the creative arts since I can remember.  My first canvas was every surface in my grandma’s house: the walls, the books, underneath the marble coffee table in the dining room (she didn’t find out until years later)!  These days, I love filling up pages in my art journal with bright colors and collage paper and if I can be outside on a picnic blanket in the grass--even better!  I love inspiring others and cheering them on as they (re)discover their creative voice.