The Scary First Page

Nicole Watson
October 2, 2018
December 4, 2017

Hello! It's Nicole Watson back with Donna Downey's 2018 Artist Gang! 

This week I'm using Donna's create truth stencil to tackle that scary first page in my art journal! My idea behind this page was to use all the colors, marks, mediums, images, ephemera, and techniques that were speaking to me, or creating truth on my art journey.


First, I started by adding pieces of ephemera that were leftover on my table from previous projects.

Then, I added some circles, sprayed through a stencil and played with color! I used three of Dina Wakley's acrylic paint colors that I knew would blend beautifully and not create mud. Using some water also helped to give the paint a more watercolor-like look. Once that first layer of paint was dry, I added a second layer with my palette knife. I added some doodle leaves and a few more touches before adding the main stenciled image.

Next, I added molding paste through my stencil, glazed it, and colored it with pan pastels.

A few more final touches including adding paint to the inside cover, and the page was finished.


The supplies I used are at the beginning of the video. However, grab what you have on hand, and play in your journal this week. If you need some additional supplies, you can find most of them in Donna's shop! While you’re here on Donna’s website, grab the stencils that I used.

Share your art!

I'd love to see what you create. Share your art journal spreads in the donna downey : Community of Artists facebook page! Or, share on Instagram, and tag Donna Downey Studios.

Happy creating!

Nicole :)

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Hi! I’m Nicole Watson, a Midwest girl who married a Southern boy and now lives in Houston, Texas.

Art has always been a constant for me … from collecting random bits of paper at a young age, to selling my first painting in high school, then discovering mixed media while studying art and design at Iowa State University (ISU). Other stops along my art journey include scrapbooking, card making, freelance photography, and layout/graphic design.

I enjoy the messy hands that result from creating. Mixed media allows me to discover new art forms while uniquely combining the things I love most—whether fun mediums like watercolor, pastel, or acrylic on canvas to textural elements like gesso, ephemera, and other found objects.

My proudest accomplishments this past year include completing Donna’s 48 Weeks class and binding the 17 plus pound journal that resulted, as well as finishing my Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree/Russian Studies minor as a distance student at ISU.

After taking many online and in-person art classes and creating in my studio, I’m excited to begin sharing my art with the world while hopefully inspiring others to do the same.