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Creative Journaling: Building a Page with Watercolor & Collage

teacher avatar Leanne Arsenault, Artist, Journaler , Content Creator

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Introduction Skillshare

    • 2. Supply List

    • 3. Working with Color

    • 4. Choosing a Focal Point

    • 5. Selecting A Color Palette

    • 6. Choosing Paper for Collage

    • 7. Building a Collage Background

    • 8. Laying Down Watercolor

    • 9. Adding the Focal Point & Additional Collage

    • 10. Adding Finishing Touches with Splatter & Stars

    • 11. Wrap Up & Class Project

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About This Class

I love documenting my memories in fun unique ways by melding my love for mixed media and journaling. One of my favorite ways to create an interesting and fun page in my journal is to combine watercolor and collage. In this class I am going to teach you all the skills you need to create a gorgeous journal page to document your memories on using collage and watercolor techniques that I use in my own work.


What You'll Learn:

  1.  How to choose a focal point, collage ephemera and color pallette that work well together 
  2.  How to build a foundational background for your journal page
  3.  How to add watercolor to highlight texture and add depth through layering
  4.  How to add your focal point with supporting collage to make it pop
  5.  Finally you will learn how to add some simple finishing touches to tie your finished page together 


This class is perfect for journalers/ life documenters of any kind or anyone who is interested in journaling. No prior experience is necessary. After completing this course you will be armed with tools that you can use to create an entire journal full of uniquely documented memories. Or if you are already a well seasoned journaler you will have some new journaling techniques to add to your own tool kit. 

If you are curious about the supplies I used in this class you can check out the list on my amazon storefront.

Don't forget to look in the class project section for your free color wheel printable. 

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Leanne Arsenault

Artist, Journaler , Content Creator



Hello my Creative Peeps! My name is Leanne but I am also known as CreativelyFree2Bme all across the internet. I am a self employed artist who creates journaling inspiration and content on Youtube, Instagram, Patreon and Etsy. I love documenting my memories in fun unique ways. I create my own handmade journals and love melding scrapbooking with mixed media and traditional journaling to create something all my own. 

3 years ago I completed my B.A in Psychology. Instead of continuing to pursue a traditional career path I decided I wanted to do something  bigger than that.


Traditional journaling is often used in therapy to treat a wide array of mental "ailments". I believe that anyone can benefit from journaling. But not just tradi... See full profile

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1. Introduction Skillshare: Hello, my creative peeps. A. My name is Lee and I'm also menace creatively free to be meet all across the Internet. I create journaling, inspiration and content on YouTube, patri on Instagram and etc. I love documenting my memories in fund unique ways, melting the world of mixed media and journaling to create something that's all my own. One of my favorite ways to create an interesting fund page in my journalist By melding collage and watercolor together in this class, I'm gonna teach you all the skills you need to use collage and watercolor to create your very own unique page. To document your memories, we will go over the basics like how to choose colors and work with them in order to avoid making mud. I will show you how to choose a photo collage elements and a color palette that all work harmoniously together to create a really interesting page. Walk you through in real time. My process from start to finish. We start by laying down the collage background, then adding some water color and finally adding some finishing touches along with your photo to create and really interesting and unique journal page This class is fantastic for all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner and you've never opened a journal before or you're a seasoned journal Er I promise you could take something away from this class. I can't wait to get started on this class of you so I can see all the amazing ways that you're going to start documenting your memories using the skills I've taught you today. It's time. What are you waiting for? Grab your journal and let's start talking about the supplies you'll need for this class. 2. Supply List: Let's talk about supplies you're going to need for this class Now. First you're gonna need your journal or whatever paper you decide to work on here. I just have one of my mixed media journals that I'm going to use. It is in a five size. So is 8.5 by 5.5. It's my preferred size to work in this year. Has next media paper in it. I will leave linked list of supplies down below. In about the class, I'll leave a link to my Amazon store, and there you can find a collection of supplies that I use in this class in case you're interested in a purchasing it there are looking to see specifically when I used so that you can find it out. Swear. But I will link this journal that I'm using here now. The only thing you want to make sure is that you're using a paper that is relatively thick . You don't have to use a watercolor paper, but you definitely want to use some type of mixed media paper. You want to use something that is poor's enough to work with the watercolor, but not so porous that it's going to soak through the other pages something like a sheet of notebook paper or really, you know, cheap copy paper. Something probably isn't your best fit for this project. But if it's all you have, you can make it work, which we will talk about in the class. But first, of course, you need your paper that you're gonna work on next. You're gonna need a focal point. You can choose anything you like. It could be a photo. It can be a drawing. It can be magazine. Cut out. Whatever your main focus visual focus of your general page is going to be. You need that and we will talk about choosing your focal point later on down the road. You are, of course, going to need collage pieces. You need various pieces of paper in neutral and colored form. Now, if you're all a scrap Booker or people crafter, you probably have one of these like I do. This is just a scrap in of various things magazine cutouts, extra scrap of paper, stuff like that. So that's what I'll be using today. So just grab a bunch of papers and we'll talk about choosing those and later lesson. Of course, you are going to need watercolors now. This is my personal palette. This is a mixture of Daniel Smith premium marketing, Jane Davenport, Some hand me watercolors, all kinds of stuff. I really like experimenting with brands. There are some very affordable sets out there, whether you're into more earthy tones or the offset colors. I kind of liked offset colors. I will leave again options linked for you in my Amazon store collection so you can kind of get some ideas on what to use. But whether you have something like an artist greed, watercolor, or you just have one of those Crayola watercolor sets from the dollar store, it's not gonna matter too much for this class were just playing around with it and having fun. So don't stress. Use whatever you have. Next, you're gonna need a jar of clear what you are gonna need to fill this a couple times and change our get water during the process, which will talk about then, but just make sure you have a receptacle to put your water in. You are also going to need brushes, so I recommend having separate brushes for you were glues and watercolor. So I'm gonna use a medium round brush and a large round brush for my watercolor again. You don't have to get anything expensive. Just make sure it's good enough quality that you're bristles aren't gonna fall out. Well, you're using it. And then I'm just using a three forced flat brush. You could use a one inch flap. Parish of these are great for glue. Ear going to need, Matt Medium. This is what we're going to use Teoh glue down all of our kalash bits for the background. If you don't have Matt medium, it's OK. You can use something like clear, Jess. Oh, instead, you just want to make sure that you have some kind of matt glue and nothing glassy because we're going to use what medium over the top really won't work too well, if you use something like glossy mileage podge. But if you have Matt Hodgepodge that could work next. You're going to need White Jess. Oh, now you can get these in any brand. It really doesn't matter. I buy my new book, so I just haven't in this jar here that I've put in, but we're gonna use this to tone down some of our collage backgrounds and prepare our page for the watercolor. So white, Jess. Oh, you are, of course, going to need a palette to put stuff on. I recommend having a separate palette for things like glues and more permanent paints in. Then you do for a watercolor. If you're watercolor, tin has a lid that you could mix in. Totally cool. You don't need this, but I'm going to use a porcelain palette here for my watercolor. And I just have this, please that I've recycled that I use for acrylic paint and various mediums and such. So that's what I'm going to use. You don't have one. You can totally use recycled packaging. Good. Use a paper plate. Whatever floats your boat. Just as long as it's not porous surface. It will totally work. But for your final touches of your piece, you're going to need things like labels. We're gonna use some labels and some little embellishments. I'm going to use specifically stars in this product, but they could be circles or whatever tickles your fancy. I do have things like this in my Etsy shop, so that will be linked in the about me section. See meets of labels and some little embellishments to put the final touches on your piece. You're going to need a pink pen of some sort. You need Posca Paint. Pens are my absolute favorite. They right over everything. They're super smooth. You can use a Sharpie paint pen. Um, if you have a uni ball signal, Penn those air really good as well. But you need a paint pen of some sort. If you don't have things like this, don't worry about it. You can use just a regular ballpoint pen if you don't have labels and stuff. I'm sure you have some kind of scrapbooking sticker of some like hearts or stars or something. Um, but yet those are the main supplies you are going to need for this project. I can't wait to see you in the class. Let's start creating 3. Working with Color: in this lesson, we're going to talk about working with colors. Now. I know that some people confined Mr Really off, putting an intimidating So I'm not calling this a color theory class. I have no formal color theory training, and this is just color, as I understand it in, like, two work with it. So if you have formal color theory training than this lesson might not be as helpful to you and feel free to skip it. But this is just how I like to think of color and work with it, so that I am able to freely experiment with it in my pieces and create really harmonious looking pages and layouts. One of the things they teach you very young is the signifying colors for hot and cold, right When you go to your facet, the red knobs signifies the hot water, and the blue knob signifies the cold water. It is the same with colors. There are warm tones and cool tunes. The blues are the cool tones, and the reds are the warm tones. Now, when we think about mixing colors, we can go back to kindergarten and think about our primary colors. The colors being red, blue and yellow. There are two warm primary colors that would be the yellow and the red in the cool primary color, which is blue. Essentially all colors are created with a mixture of these three tones, right, so naturally, if there are two warm tones that will probably be more warm colors and cool colors, colors that are mixed with a warm tone. Any cool tone can be used as bolt, so things like purple and green are mixed to using a cool tone blue and a warm tone, either red or yellow to create that secondary color. So we were choosing to colors to work with. We want to keep in mind the not only the tone of the color, but maybe the mix of the color. So if we're working with Onley warm colors and we stick to those pinks and reds and yellows and oranges, then we know all those colors. They're gonna work really well together and blend really well. When we're using our water color as they coming mixed into each other, they will all harmonize together. Where's if we're using all cool tones, mainly blues. We don't have to worry about that, either. Now, for using colors that are kind of both so say, we want to throw in some purple in with our cool tones. We can do that. We just have to keep in mind what mixture ratio there is of the cool versus warm tone in that purple color to kind of judge. Whether it will harmoniously work with our color or not. A really good rule of thumb for not making mud is if you look at this color chart, the colors directly across from each other will make mud when you mix them together. For instance, if you try to mix red and green together, you're going to get a brown color. If you try to mix purple and yellow together, you'll get a brown color. And that's because those colors aren't included in that mix. For that secondary coach. Hopefully, this has been helpful and help do you think about color maybe in a different way and kind of simplified some complicated color theory for you? If you have any questions, feel free to ask them. But I when we take on our lesson about choosing our colors for our peace, hopefully it will pull all of this knowledge together. If you would like a color wheel for reference, I have included one. It's a free download that you can download in the about me class section. But now that we've discussed that, let's get on to our next lesson of choosing a focal point. 4. Choosing a Focal Point: in this lesson, we're going to be talking about choosing your focal point. Now, you have your journal selected where you're going to create your page how your focal point size will depend on whether you're doing a double page spread or a single page spread in this class. I'm gonna focus on a single page spread, but you can do a double if you choose, because I want to leave room for journaling on this page. I have to keep in mind that I want my photo or my focal point. Teoh only take up about 1/4 of the page. Maybe a little more. So this photo here is three y four. It's half of a standard photo size, Um, and my page is 8.5 by 5.5 inches, which is in a five size. As you can see, If I were to move it anywhere on the page, um, it would still leave me room to journal a little bit. Now, if you didn't want a journal, you could always use a larger four by six photo. I don't have one here, but we can we can imagine right now your focal point will decide what color scheme you choose to use in your project. So if you want to create a bright project, make sure you choose a bright photo. But if you want a more neutral page or you want to do some black and white work, choose a black and white fellow. Of course, it doesn't have to be a photo. Your focal point can be a drawing. It could be a magazine cut out whatever is your fancy, but for today's demonstration, I will be using a three by four photo. 5. Selecting A Color Palette: now that we have talked about colors and we have chosen our focal point, it's time Teoh. Start working on choosing our color palette for our project. I'm gonna take my watercolors here. Let's talk about the photograph for a moment. Pull out your color wheel if you need it. Don't forget. If you'd like this as a download, you can find it below in the class description. Looking at the photo here, we can instantly tell there's lots of cool tones, right? We have our blues and greens and this is a pretty It almost looks a little lying greenish, but it's also awkward to it's kind of hard to tell this little green here so we could dip into the warmer side with the yellows if we wanted Teoh. We have the cool tone of the painted nails. We have this cool, maybe blue, going on with the genes. We have the black coffee here, this black notebook. But then we have this warm flesh tone. Ah, color on the book, right? We also have this Whatever this orange stuff here is on the ground. So I'm gonna choose a mostly cool war palette. I definitely want to try and match these colors here. Now, whenever choosing a color palette, I always choose three colors. It just seems to harmonize really well together to colors that work really well together. And then I usually try to choose some kind of contrast, color or color. That's kind of a little more punchy in order to add a little bit of interest here, and it creates a little bit of depth. So I'm going Teoh set to my color wheel aside over here. And I'm just gonna use this page over here opposite the one that I plan. Teoh put my image on and swatch out some colors. So I have my cheat sheet here that has the color swatches of my palette just so I can look . But first I'm going. Teoh, choose the two colors that I think match closely with these colors. Here you can mix if you like. That's always an option, so I really like this turquoise color. But this this color here is also an option. This seems to be more of a C green version of that, and of course I'm going to go for this language in here to match the chair I may decide to tone that down a little bit, but for now we're just watching out options. I also have the option of using this peachy tone here to match that book cover and the tan skin on the feet. Let's see, what else do we have? I could choose this, this nail color here, but that's not something I think I want to go for. Instead, I'm going Teoh, try this color here, which is like a navy a blue color, maybe to match those jeans a little. All right, so those are our colors in the photo. Now we can play around with some combinations. So let's say we took this Oops, this navy blue color and used it in conjunction with the awkward green. And then four are punching color. Well, use this line here and, as you can see him kind of overlapping onto the other color cause I want to see how they blend with each other. So we have blue, we have turquoise, and then we have the line here. They all blend together really well, so that's not a problem. I could also audition the flesh tones, so let's say I wanted to stick with the chair combo here and add in that flesh tone that will be a little trickier because it might not blend as well. But it changes the vibe of your colors, right? This feels more see ish, and this is more summary summery pop with that flesh tone in there. So we don't have Teoh choose right away. But we at least know what our options are right. You could always mix the colors in together. Maybe I want to durkin this green or tone it down a little bit. We can decide to do that when we're actually mixing with our peace, but for now, we at least have a good idea of what colors we want to use so we can move forward into choosing our collage effect. 6. Choosing Paper for Collage: this. Listen, we're going Teoh, talk about choosing FMR of for your clash background. Now, when we're thinking about our Kalash backer and we also want to keep our photo in mind been creating a background collage, you have to remember that whatever you choose is going to be covered up because it is supposed to be the back grabbed. The thing that you want your attention to be drawn towards is your focal point. So when we're choosing our papers, we want to make sure that our A firmer does not overpower our focal photograph. We can use some color in our background because we are going to apply a layer of that white dress Oh, to tone down any colors we do use. But we don't want to use all colorful ephemera because it will distract away from your focal point. Whenever I am doing any type of collage, I like to choose some neutral papers. Now my favorite mutual papers are things like vintage paper. For example, this book text here we have some t died Paper. Vintage ledger paper works well, Sometimes we can use things like maps. If they're neutral enough, let's see. So when you're pulling out stuff to use in your collage, I recommend pulling out lots of different options, right? You don't want to just pull out one or two and limit yourself, although if you only have one or two pieces, that's totally fine. But you definitely want to have options to work with. So there's a bunch of neutrals that I may want to work with. Now I'm going to focus on getting some kind of colors going on in the background. Just add a little more depth. I also think something like this would be good because of the blue in the chair and the water. Now, when you're choosing magazine ephemera, you don't want to use Ah whole image unless you're using it as your focal point. You want to make sure you're choosing things that again will look nice when they're covered up right. You also don't want to make it too obvious that it came from a certain image. If you are planning on re using your work in any type of commercial way because of copyright reasons, it can't look like the original at all. So I'm not well versed in copyright, so please do your own research. But just keep that in mind. I think I may want to use some of the stars, something that hold that out. As you can see, I kind of picked some more greenish, um, cool toned pieces, greens and blues to keep with our cool tones in the photograph. I do like this warm flesh tone on the book, which I think I'm gonna use a little bit of. So I did pull out this piece of PCI kind of paper. Um, I wish I had something else like that, but I'm not I'm not seeing anything else. That's kind of that color in my our snow of scraps here. And we could spend hours on this step, but we're not going t o. All right, so now that I've chosen my scraps way, it will move on to working on building our Kalash 7. Building a Collage Background: Now we're going to work on laying down the base for our collage. So I have my palette here. I have my Matt medium again. Um, if you're using a substitution, that's totally fine. Have my glue, Matt. Medium brush, some water. It's still relatively clean after our swatches, so that will be OK. We have our focal image that we're gonna leave here to kind of test out our layout as we go along. And, of course, I have my been of scraps here off to the side that we're going to collage with. So I like to start with the neutral pieces first. So I'm just gonna pull out the neutral ones that I gathered and will play around with them . Now, you don't need scissors. We're not gonna use scissors. We're gonna rip our paper because it creates a lot more interest. As you can see, these are pieces I've used in other projects that are already ripped, and they just create a much more interesting look. I could use this piece, but I really this red here doesn't really go with my color scheme, but also, I'm gonna put that one back in the scrap in and we're not going to use that one. This one also has those lines, but they're not as in your face. Right? So we're still gonna use some of that something into you. Just start ripping and startling things down we want to do is we want to leave a little bit of white space. While we're creating this layout, you may want to leave a corner white or a few spaces soc of left, this weight along the edge. I think I'm also gonna leave some white in these two corners. You just don't want Teoh overwhelm the eye, right? You don't want to have a solid block. The I really like stills. Little pockets of hidden mystery silver to add this down here like so not student here. Now, this is just to get a general idea, right? Because once we're done, um, you're not going to be able to glue these all exactly in the same spot, right? You can take a picture that's truly an option. If you're that type of person who really wants things to be, how they laid out at first is totally cool. You can take your smartphone and take a picture and then set it apart and try to recreate it. I'm just gonna wing it. But first I want to get a little bit of color back in here just for some added contrast. We're gonna kind of weave in. I've never done basket weaving, but I would imagine that this is kind of the process, right? You want it kind of. You don't want it on the top. You want visible, but you don't want to be the primary focus, because again, this is your back ground in the back. Keep thinking in the back and you don't want a lot of these dark pieces, right? Just want enough to say, Hey, there's something here. All right? So, again, following the three rule, As you see, I like that. Now we're going Teoh blew them all down. Don't be afraid to use a lot. I mean, you don't need times of it because your page will never, ever dry. But you do want a decent enough amount that your stuff will stick, right? So we're gonna put it a layer under it, and we're gonna put a layer over this, really seals it on it and creates makes it part of the page. Now what we can Dio since these air kind of top players here, we're gonna pull them away in chunks because we're gonna kind of try to remember how this went. Key word is trying. All right, so we'll just keep going here. You can just kind of matt medium the whole page if you like, But depending on your climate, um, it may dry relatively fast, so you need to be quick about it and nice kind of even thin layer here, making sure that you leave some white space for your imagination not being too concerned with getting it in the exact same spot. But you definitely want Teoh to try and build up those layers. So as you can see, this is already looking different than it did when I originally led stuff down. It's totally okay. It's just part of how this goes. I believe this was kind of somewhere like this when you're laying collage down. One thing that kind of keeps a page interesting and cohesive is covering up these sharp angles would that's what these ripped jagged edges really help with. It keeps things interesting. We're gonna keep going here? No. Looks like I need a little bit more under there. This stuff works really, really well. It is a bit of an investment. I know, but it's in my opinion. It's well, well worth it. All right. Says it. Definitely looking different. I think that it did. The four. It's here. And this here. There we go. And then this was somewhere here, I believe. Or maybe it was more. Maybe it was more down like that. And we're going Teoh, go right here and cover up these weird, weird angles There kind of moving, moving the direction of our peace. We have some pieces going this way. Some pieces going this way. All right, so that looks like a pretty good foundation. Now, I'm gonna take our federal here, and we're just gonna tested out in some of the spot just to make sure wherever we're gonna put this, it's gonna it's gonna hit some interesting things, right? So I'm thinking thinking about my later and of course, this can change once we add the color. But if I were to put it here or here, I like it cause you can see all three pieces, but if I were to put it here, I may be in another piece over there. So just as a precaution, we're gonna glue another piece right here because I like to have as many options as possible. It seems like a good idea to me. Anyway, Now we're gonna let that dry a little bit, and then we're gonna add the Jesse. Now that our glue is dry on that medium, we're going to take our white, Jess. Oh, and we're going, Teoh, tone it down some of these areas. Now, if you are working on a piece of paper that's not meant for water color. So you're not working on a mixed media paper or watercolor paper or anything like that. Maybe you're working on sketch paper. Um, maybe you're working in a composition book. If you're a super brave, then you are going to want to put just over your entire page because the Jessel will allow you Teoh, use watercolor on your page without it killing or disintegrating. It acts as a barrier between your paper and whatever you're working with. Now, you could also use the mat medium to do that. If you wanted Teoh leave some areas the color that they are. But just make sure if you're using a thinner paper that that you do that cause it's gonna make the watercolor step of your page of lot easier, and it's going to make the outcome a lot more appealing. I have pretty much covered most of the areas here. I am going to tone down some more of this. I want to leave the this aged text paper pretty visible in some places, but I also want it to go more into the background in others. I know that this is kind of an edge piece, so we'll leave it kind of bold there. But these places here in the middle I want to meet down a little or same over here. I'm gonna add extra here just to kind of keep that I moving. No, I'm using a mostly dry brush for this. This will help your just not be all watered down and you'll get better, better coverage and you won't have to use as many layers. And it also helps you pick up this texture of this wrinkly paper for which I really enjoy so just a little more here I really want to have this line here not be so harsh. So I'm gonna put extra focus here on this brown edge where the craft paper is. And remember again, this is your background. It does not have to be perfect. You just want it to be good enough because we're going to cover this with watercolor in your focal point and some finishing touches. And I feel good about that. So now we're gonna cap everything up. I'm going to go get some new water for our water color layer while this dries and we will move on to adding our color. 8. Laying Down Watercolor: Now that our layer is dry, it's time to add the water color. The jets so is dry. For the most part, I did have a little wet spot there. You can use a heat ill. I've been asked that, but you have to be careful because it will bubble. Just keep that in mind. Um, so have my person palette. Here I have my watercolors. I have my clean water and my watercolor specific brushes. I am going to take my large around here, and I'm going to prep my watercolor palette first. When I'm making water color washes, I like to put some water in the palate. That way I don't have to use as much paint. All right now, I already use thes counters recently as 30. What? No big deal. I am going to go with this color combination here, so I'm gonna put some of the teal in and you want to start with a pretty light wash of color. You can always build up. You can take it away to with watercolor, but issues easier to serve in the light layer. Sam just got us. Watch out on this page. The color is so I like that. Now we're going to go in to they dark blue color here again. I want to keep this pretty light. It's a nice pastel navy blue and then our third colors is this lime color here. And I dio I do want this to not be as bright of a color. It's a pretty a pretty muted tone there. But what I'm going to Dio is just at a time, Tony better this darker green to it. It's kind of like a a grass screen. Almost. I don't see how that looks. It cools that tone almost a little bit. You see there, I think I'm gonna add a tiny bit more of that. It almost makes it more blue. Yeah, I like that. Okay. To get that cool water color effects were going to do what we call a wet on wet technique. So we're gonna spread water all over page here wherever we want the color to go. You don't want color there. Don't put water there. We're just going to cover everything. And now when we plop this in, it'll run. See that it runs to where we wanted to g o. Now, if you have a super observant paper. This technique will not work very well, but because we put that that meant me am on there, and the just so it's working just fine now. As you can see, I'm not super worried about where this is going. I try to put this darker color around edges, see edges of the paper. This is really running together and may have gotten too much water on here. Might have need to use a smaller brush, but that's okay. It's a good learning opportunity. What we can do that paper towel works best, but I just have my short ride here as we can just mop up some of this. So we're just gonna dab up that water, and it takes the color away, too. So if you get color replace, you don't want, you can just do that and wall ass. So let's kind of start again, shall we? Maybe we'll switch to these smaller fresh. Now I do have to mix my color again so we'll try our best to get around the same around the same mix. A little bit more of the line. Here we go. All right, take two and this is very good for you. Want layers anyway, Fills up that build up the contrast in the interest. See how are already getting some nice pooling amongst the cracks here. All right, well, going with this This is my favorite color. I love Teoh. All right, It's put somewhere that now you can let this dry between applications, if you wish. This is a very summery fed us. I'm going to go a little bold on here. You don't have to go as bold as I'm going. You, do you? We do want to try and keep our photo in mind now so that we aren't kind of overpowering it , But you're watercolor will dry layer later than it goes down. So I'm thinking maybe I want to put my phone over here, so that's looking pretty good to me. I think I'm just gonna add a little bit more of this blue contrast. I don't like that huge puddle of green there. So just gonna at darken it up with the Navy again, it'll run wherever it wants. Not gonna focus too much on this area here, cause that's where I intend to put my photograph. But You don't want to leave it totally blank in case you change your mind. They were We're gonna let that dry and see where it is and see if we want to add some more color. 9. Adding the Focal Point & Additional Collage: So now that are watercolor is dry. It's time to add our focal point. And we want to think about what our layout is going to be for the rest of the page, because where we for we and our focal point will determine the rest. I am thinking about putting it here, but you can audition it in different places. Don't be afraid to moving around and try other places. But as you remember, we kind of auditioned it throughout the piece. So I'm pretty sure I wanted there. Now with the way I colored my piece. The colors are very close to the federal, and I feel like my fellow isn't standing out enough. So what I'm actually going to do is I'm gonna take this piece of neutral scrap. I'm sorry. Neutral paper. This is some ledger paper. I saw letter paper in my empty shops. If you would like some for this product, you can head over there and check it out. The link will be in the class description, but I'm gonna add this extra layer here of collage. I'm choosing the neutral color to bring bring your eye back right back to this focal point . We already used this paper in the collage, right? So it's not a huge surprise, and I do want to bring in. Maybe it's a tiny bit of color. Let's just see, I may or may not do this, but let's just do you have them? This looks we're gonna tuck this behind here. More layers. Never hurt anybody. You're kind of pushed back into the page. It makes it feel like it's part of the page and not just sitting on top of it. I was really lucky that I had pulled out this scrap with that piece of paper on it. But you could always just take a meter down tone of one of your watercolors and tone a piece of white paper and use that. That's totally fine. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna set my page aside for a quick second, and we're gonna glue this together. I want to make sure that this is sticking out here. I don't want this piece, though. I just want I just want as much of this this blue that I can actually gonna put some double sided tape on the back of my phone. Oh, here like so and take it off. So is the hardest part, right? Removing the backing, Especially if you have acrylic nails. I don't think in this, but I've seen some other other ladies struggle quite a bit with this, and I totally understand. All right, so we're just gonna kind of floated above here trying not to touch the paper with it. Wow. We position said scrap. Like Like so. All right, I got a little bit a little bit of that dark blue there, but I don't think it's gonna break our page at all. It's not make or break situation. Perfect. We've chosen our lay out there. We're going to choose Teoh another layer, and that is gonna be our label. Now, you don't have to use label. You could use a skirt piece of paper. I may very well do that. We're just gonna play around with it and see what we like first. All of these labels here that I have are from a digital principle in my auntie shop. So if you'd like to go check that out again, linked, linked below for you. But feel free to use whatever you have on hands I'm gonna go with definitely a rectangular label for this. This does feel a little big, so I'm not totally sure about that. I could take it to my printer in print off a smaller one, but I don't think I'm going Teoh. What? We can dio Teoh make this label not feel so. Why this weekend go back to our neutral paper? No, I go back to that a lot, but it really is a very helpful tool to have. So I'm gonna go back and I'm gonna maybe layer just a little piece, right? Just want toe piece into our label like so. And then we're gonna want an extra extra little loop kind of anchoring our eye in this spot . So I'm going Teoh, find a star. These are my my little die cut been. I know I have these stars here. It's his gold. I don't know if I'm gonna use that gold, but do you like this Bold Black? It is a pretty big embellishment, though, so let's see. I know I have other Here we go from my principal. I have this star here and I think I'm just gonna cut around the circles and cut the star out. All right, so there we have that star some glue on it. What? We're gonna do the same kind of technique where he did before, where we take the top layer and secure it down. Said that Do we know where we want the other layers? So like so? So now that's kind of stuck down, I think. But it's gonna take a little bit of glue. This is my fast drying, wet, clueless sailings. Tacky glue, Kenis, whatever glue you like. There we go. That's stuck on near. Maybe put a dab under here. You don't have to go everything down super securely. The, uh added kind of texture there will add to your piece because we're working on this really textured, mixed media like surface. Even with sticker paper, I'm gonna add this extra adhesive glue here. It's really gonna ensure there are peace days. We're supposed to stay, and I have now glued a piece of scrap to my indulgent. Okay, it happens. So just gonna place this down now. We're gonna fold this over in, put glue on the back. All right, so now we have that glued down. We are ready to start thinking about finishing touches to wrap up our page 10. Adding Finishing Touches with Splatter & Stars: Now that we have early out, all set, it is time to add some finishing touches to her piece. So I have grabbed my black Posca paint marker. You could use white, but I feel like we have a lot of white going on in the spread between the label and these empty pieces right here. So we're going to use the black. I also feel like I want to put a little bit of splatter on this piece. It really adds an extra layer of depth and the kind of Sprinkles your attention all across the paid. I don't always do this, but I do want to keep this relatively. Oh, my God. Look how perfect at this. I want to keep this relatively clean, so I'm gonna put this piece of paper over here so I don't get splatter on the rest of my page. This doesn't always happen this for a piece of paper thing s. And I have to figure out what color I want my splatter to be. Now you can do a cross dark color that will add some punch, or you can do kind of like a a metallic e splatter a glitter splatter. I'm a little tor non that You could also go lighter so we could do that Peachy color splatter. Let me just kind of look at my piece cohesively for a minute and think about it if they wanted to be subtle. So I'm gonna go with a little bit of glitter like color glitter. Squatter. So I'm gonna take my brush, and I'm gonna use this This color here it is a watercolor by Rachel Beth Designs. Um, I don't know. It's a him a watercolor. So I'm not quite sure if she makes it all the time, but might be able to find it. So the technique is now that I just didn't have explaining. You want your brush, you dip it in your water color. You hold your brush between your middle finger and your thumb. Take your index finger. You want your hand on the back end of the brush so you can tap. It's kind of a flick of the wrist motion flick in tap, flicking tap, and this will get messy. Um, do bear that in mind if you are sitting next to anything that you do not want splattered, um, you might want to move, but it takes some practice. If you aren't getting splatter exactly where you want, you can actually take the point of your brush and create some faux splatter of your own. A lot of people ask me when do I know how to stop? And even I don't know. Sometimes you go overboard, and that's just how it is. But just trying to stop when you feel like stopping. Take a minute. Pause. Look at it. Lift off your cover your shield here. And I kind of like that. I do feel like I want a little bit right here, though, so I'm going to go back in, put some on my brush. I'm gonna do those the faux splatters. This kind of brings your piece in so it looks like it's part without spluttering the whole thing. Maybe a few down here kind of just dab those my finger a little bit to make him look less less perfect. All right, so we're gonna let that dry, and then we're going to take our Posca paint pen and add some final final finishing touches Now that are splatter is dry. We're going to go in with our paint pen and we're gonna make little marks Now you could make dash is like this across the page. You could do some people like to do crosses You can dio hearts you can do just dots you But I personally like to do you stars and it goes with my star embellishment here. So how I draw my stars is I make a little tent I drawn arm up and out. Then we're gonna do our arms straight across in our down connecting to the 1st 1 Now, once you practice this motion a little bit, it will become were natural, thes smaller. You make it kind of the better they look because you can't really tell if they're funny looking. Sometimes if you do them big, they look a little funky. We're going to keep them small for the purpose of this, with the stars, I like to do some dots. Couldn't add that extra interests, if you will. You could also, if you wanted to dry, start like this kind of the arms around, But that's a more whimsical style. And that's not quite when I'm going for with this piece, so I'm gonna kind of focus on the outer layers first. I'm not going to go crazy with this again. You don't want this to be the main focus of your image. You're just adding supporting elements to keep your eye moving across your page to make your journaling that you're going to do a little more interesting. So also, keep that in mind. You don't want to do a giant one right here cause you're one a journal within here. Now, if you're not journaling on the page, then maybe you don't mind. Maybe you Do you want to do that? But definitely keep that part of your layout in mind. One thing you can dio that's fun is draw awesome on different layers. So see how going across the layers here that creates some extra interest in kind of ties to piece all together. It says, Hey, this this is part of the page, not just floating on top of the page again. We're not going to go too crazy with it, but I'm just gonna add a few more you can dio clusters of to with the dot I mean it. Add another one over here, and I think out a few more over here Kind of balance this out with the to two thing going. Oh, maybe one day I want to put one over there. I'm just kind of imagining in my mind where they are and maybe one here. This is another thing where you really know when to stop. Um, and sometimes you want to go on forever, but sometimes less is more so. There we are. That is our finished drawing page. Now let's wrap it up and talk about your class product. 11. Wrap Up & Class Project: that's it. Now you have all the skills you need to create your own. A unique journal page using watercolor and collage. Grab your supplies because it's time for you to start your class project. I cannot wait to see the general pages you come up with. Feel free to go back and re watch the lessons as many times as you need to follow along in real time so we can create our pages together. Please, do you share your progress in the class project section? I actually love seeing a page come to life from start to finish. I love seeing what you chose as your elements and color palette all the way through to completion. So feel free to share progress shots and take a peek it with other students are doing over there for their projects. If you like to my class and you'd like to see more of me, you follow me on my various social media sites, post weekly inspiration on YouTube as well as other social media sites. So go ahead and check out the links in the about me section. If you're curious now, I'm gonna go dive back into my journal. Pull out yours and let's go. I cannot wait to see your pages come to life.