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Mixed Media Color Journal

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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6 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Mixed Media Color Journal Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Lesson #1

    • 4. Lesson # 2

    • 5. Lesson #3

    • 6. Bonus & Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Keeping a Mixed Media Color Journal is a class designed to create focus for your art journal while exploring the use of color. We will use supplies, printed images, seek out color combinations, find shapes and patterns within an image, to fill our journal.

We will combine media: acrylic paint, watercolor paint, markers, pastels, pencils, inks, adhesives, ephemera, and already created illustrations to fill our journal with inspiring images that we can use in future artwork.

This class includes a downloadable Supply List and three pages of Template for page ideas using color swatches in your Color Journal.

While there are suggested supplies, any supplies that you own will be welcome in your journal. This class is a stash buster, so be prepared to play and spend time creating.

We will work inside a journal: either watercolor, mixed media, or create your own journal, using my class Making Expanding Journals using everyday supplies.


Included is A BONUS CLASS which is a peek inside my Mixed Media Color Journal which uses the various templates included in this class.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

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1. Mixed Media Color Journal Class Intro: Hello. I'm Daniela Melon artists and author here on skill share. Welcome to my class on keeping mixed media color Journal in today's class will focus on color color combinations and keeping a dedicated journal like an art journal. We will use this color journal to play with Different media will combine our supplies so that we use watercolor pains, acrylic paints, color pencils, markers, ephemera, which are papers gathered from various sources like packaging magazines, books, tags and anything that catches. Are I in this class will use as many supplies as we like. We will cross genres combining different media. We will work with color matching shades, looking to see hidden colors in an image, searching for color combinations that speak to us. We will look for shapes, patterns and things and recognize how color interacts with these things. This color journal is a personal log for you. As an artist, you may want to record colors using the supplies you already own, and this journal is a place for that. You may want to play around with color combinations that you're drawn to, but not sure where to take it. In that case, this journal is for you. And lastly, if you want a dedicated journal where you can allow yourself to experiment with your supplies but not follow traditional rules, then this is a journal for you. I've included the list of materials that I used in the class, but you will have good results using whatever materials you own. You will need a good quality journal that will hold it to collage into paints. A mixed media journal or a watercolor journal are very good options. I've also included a link in the project section of the class to my class making expandable journals. And that's the journal that I'll be using today. I've also included a class supply list of materials that I use. I've included some templates that you can download and use a framework for your pages. I hope by taking this class, you'll come away with some techniques and ideas for creating your very own color journal. I hope you'll choose to post a photo or two of your pages in the project section of this class, and if you have any questions, please post those as well. Let's get started 2. Class Supplies: supplies for our mixed meteor color journal class. We'll start with the Basic Journal. Now you confined these journals there. Heavyweight paper for use with wet and dry media. This is a £93 paper, um, and so it's pretty good, and this one has a ring binder. There's all different types. There's this one. It's a soft cover, a £90 paper. It doesn't open flat, but you can clip it down and it's still a good choice. And lastly, I have made my own journals. I also included a link to the class on skill share where you could make your own journals, and this uses watercolor paper £140. I prefer that I like to have a stiffer paper. I think it holds up better to the collage ing and all the different paints that we're going to use in this mixed media journal. So here's another one. I like to have some sheets of paper to put underneath the sheet while I'm painting on my pages. This allows me to not worry about going over the edge, and it keeps it fairly, needs some basic supplies we're gonna use, um, just a vat of water that will use and will change frequently throughout either acrylic paints or watercolor paints. Have a spray bottle here to activate my paints. A swell. These are just water colors. And then I have my watercolor brushes I have over here a bunch of acrylic paints. Now I suggest using a mad acrylic, and this is because when you paint on the paper with the mad acrylic and it drives and you close your journal, the pain won't stick together as much. If you use a glass, acrylic or a even a satin finish like this, it will say gloss, acrylic or multi surface satin. Um, the pages have a tendency to stick if all you have is this, or if you really love these colors in these paints after everything's dry, if you coat it with a layer of clear Jess Oh, it'll give a little bit of, ah, sandy texture. It'll be clear mostly, and the pages won't stick, so that is an option if you're gonna use the gloss finish. But I prefer the matte finish just to avoid all problems like that. Now, for other supplies, we have our basic paints down. Um, use whatever you have in your stash. I like to use these water soluble crayons they activate with water. You can either spray it toe activated or use a paintbrush. Can use Matt Medium to activate it. There's colored pencils, There's markers. Whatever you have in your stash works really well. I like to have some dedicated, um, water soluble gray markers just to make shadow on my different elements that I'm gonna be adding to my journal. You can also use watercolor or um, or acrylic paint to create the shadow. But this is just an easy way that dries very quickly. I have my brushes for micro. It pains pipette to activate and wet my watercolors. A pair of scissors we're gonna use this were to use some ephemera. I have a pencil in an eraser. Permanent marker. I have a, um, white China pen. China marker. This marks on anything it will mark on top of acrylic paint. It'll mark on watercolor. I have a gel pen, matting, highlights and things that I want to add to my paper. Then I have somebody. He's is I like Matt jail medium. This was a good thing to have to seal something or to adhere some paper to my journal. Marge podge works as well. It's It's similar, um, again Look for the mat version. Not the gloss. I have a glue stick. Some items that I want to put down. I don't want to put liquid on top of maybe came for my printer. Or, um, the ephemera may have. It's not exactly water soluble, so the glue stick is a nice option. I have some red, double sided tape, very sticky tape, and then I have some washing tape. Now, this is just a paper tape it, You tear it, you can cut it, and it just they come in all different colors and shapes and patterns and withs. So this is really up to you again. You can just use regular supplies as well. Leslie, um, I have the templates that I've downloaded here, um, that are on the project section of this class and lease. Just give little sketches of ideas that we're gonna use in class. And then you can choose your own as well. And finally, the ephemera that I spoke about earlier I keep mine in just a clear envelope. And these are just pictures, papers that I've gathered, paint samples, anything that the colors inspire me while I'm out while I'm looking through a magazine. Sometimes its packaging as well. This is a, um it was a bar of soap. It's the label. I think the colors are beautiful, and I think I can use this in. My artwork is also things for magazines. There's This is like a artificial leaf. It was a table setting piece. This is just a paper leaf. And then I have images from my magazines that I the colors were brilliant and I much or how I'm gonna use it. But I definitely gonna use it. My artwork, Let's get started. 3. Lesson #1: for our first set of pages in the next media Art journal. We're gonna take our template that I downloaded and printed out, and we're gonna use this form. This is our 1st 1 here. So the way we do it is here's our journal was open with two pages. So I opened my journal. I actually put clip on one side to hold it down, and then I already started. I sketched out just freehand, um, big block letters of the generic color, which is just pink. Then I found an image that inspired me with pink. Thats woman with the hat. I thought that was a beautiful color of pink. And I like the other shades that were with it as well. And then I created circles which are gonna be my palate, and I'm gonna fill those in with various pinks that I have from my media. So I'm gonna use ah watercolor or two pink um, a mat acrylic pink. This is a, uh, intense watercolor pencil. I actually think pencil. I have just a pink colored pencil rose. Then I have some water color, water soluble crayons as well. So I'll start by filling them in C. L start here with the water color. Okay, so I have my pink mixed. I went the circle, and now I'm just gonna drop in color. Not worried about filling it in. Exactly. And then when this drives all record, the name of the shade of color and the brand gonna move on. Um, so this is the water soluble crayon. I actually found two shades that I liked. This one is called purple, even though I think it's kind of a hot pink. And this one is, um, Rose Pink. So I'm actually use for one circle on my palette here. I'm gonna do both colors, and I'm just gonna do the top 2/3 with one color, and then with the next color, I'll use my brush Can start with the Rose pink. Gonna let it learned a little bit. Okay. Here, I'll take my intense carmine pink. Okay. Making nice, rich, thick color over a little more than half. Then we'll see what happens when I add water. If I could get the color to bleed, it's very pretty. And here we have the side. I can see that where I, um, drew on the paper. The colors a little more rich. And here it just kind of floats over to that side. We'll see what effect we have when it dries. I'm here. I'll take my prisma color pencil. This is just a plain colored pencils, you know, fill in and then I'll go over a few times just to make it nice and rich. And then lastly, I'll take my acrylic paint. Well, come here and fill in this circle. Great. And now, because I used the water to clean my acrylic rush, I'm gonna empty it. We'll come back and have it clear so we can finish our page. Okay? They changed my water. No, I'll finish up my last one. Here. This is kind of a pinky red. It drives almost like a watermelon shade. So I always think it is more pink than red. Okay. And now one of those air drying gather my supplies here so that I can record the names and brands of each of these. And now I want to work on the top and then adding some color to the actual page. Think it was gonna do this in water color? I will take my brush. Turn my general around. Do a clean layer of water clear water inside the block printing Go back and add some paint . And now I'm gonna add a different color to the top of Lee Lettering as well. Just for interest from the two colors will blend. Okay, And now I will start labeling. The 1st 1 we did was a watercolor, and it was the whole being Crimson Lake, so I'll record that well being watercolor number w 010 Crimson lake from the next one were these two neo color twos. Quit that and try and get the colors right in order. Here, see if they have numbers on them rooms. Purple bottom one down here. What's my intents? 5 20 Carmine pink. Over here. We had prisoner color rose 9 29 Then we had acrylic paint Apple barrel. And this is 20251 the pink parfait. And lastly, this was a coy Carmel 19 water color. So now that I have the basic down on my page now is the part where I can come and embellish . So I'd like to take my marker to just create a little shadow underneath all the pallets here with color swatches. And when the pink dries, I'll do the same thing. That and then the last thing I like to do because it's so white, I can either add strips of color, um, around of various pinks, which is kind of a nice effect. Go back with some Clearwater. Just move pygmy around, okay? Or it could take some images from the photo. The inspiration photo here. Maybe a little swatch of green. It could do that. Or maybe some stripes from the striped skirt. I'm gonna leave it for now, but I'm gonna come in here with a little bit of water color on my brush, and I'm just gonna leave some spatter. This creates a little bit of interest, whereas the page was so white. A little bit of the Pinkas. Well, but I'll take my marker and add a little bit of shadow to our title. That's our first age 4. Lesson # 2: for the second page in our journal that we're gonna do together. I'm using this part of the template here. This requires a paint swatch, a new image from a magazine or anywhere that you like, and then your own imagination. So the first thing I did was I. And here the paint swatch down before. And now I'm gonna add my image because I chose the paint swatch with these beautiful, rich colors of red. I found this image of some pomegranates, which I thought complimented it very nicely. I'm taking just Samat medium and putting it on the back of my image. Here. This is a magazine cut out. I'm just painting it. Uh, not terribly thick, but not terribly thin. Coats of Matt medium on the back of my image. This will act as a nice adhesive going right to the edge of the cut out, and I'm gonna set it down trying to make sure they're no wrinkles. Yeah, I pulled up a little part. You have to go back with little Matt medium, and then I'm just gonna very carefully go over the image with Samat medium just to seal it in place. This will dry very quickly because of thin, um, thin coating. Okay, because I used my brush on Matt medium. I'm gonna soak it right away. Okay? I've cleaned off my brush from the mat medium for adhering our image down here. I have piece of wax paper underneath this page, and I'm just gonna slip one underneath. Here is well and now I made some sketches in pencil. I wrote the word red out here in, um, just free handed a font with some block letter, some skinny lines. I drew my swatches behind it for the paint samples that I want to include. Because of the shape of this image was rather interesting. It cut off here in the magazine on the page where the magazine folded. I just kind of drew a little outline of this. If the image continued and I'm going to fill that in there, I think that will add some interest to our page. Then I have another little l shaped here for another color swatch that we can take from either here or from my image. Or I can take a totally different one that I think might interact well with it on this page . I created a pattern based on the colors here. And then I decided I really like the shapes as well. So I kind of drew some pomegranates, and I'll throw that in. We'll see where that goes. So the first thing I'm gonna do is use my color swatches over here underneath the title. Um, could add some water. Okay, just add some color. I'm gonna and a little bit of orange to just to blend with the color, pick up some of the colors I'm seeing here in the pomegranates, then go back. Okay? Then I'll take a little bit of color over here on either side, and I'm gonna try and mix this color. I wanted to be a little more dusty, so take my red. Maybe add a little bit of brown to that. Just add it over here and then on the other side as well. Think about it, jump over to this side of the page and I'm gonna paint the pomegranates, so paint a clear layer. I wanted to work on to a time or self, and then I want to add a nice rich red for the exterior. I'll just let it bleed into the center. I just want to make sure that the exterior is very, very rich color. And then I'll just let the in Syria dry. There we go. We'll have those pomegranates dry. We'll go back to this side of the page. Okay, so now I want to work on this pomegranate here, which is the continuation of our image. Okay, so I put clear layer of water. Now, I'll go back and try and be a little more careful with when I drop the color. I want to try and maintain this little white highlight. Go back in, see if I can make that color pop a little more and a little bit of darkness to it as well. I'm going to go back with a little bit smaller brush, and I'm just gonna try and create that little leaf over here. Okay, Well, let that dry. And now, because I used a little green and I have this other swatch instead of making this red, which I could have done, and I still can. I think I'm gonna make it green. And I'm going to use an acrylic paint for that. So let me stop change my water and get the acrylic paints out. Do you have my acrylic paints and my paper? I'm gonna continue here on a bigger brush. I'm gonna work on filling this sitting with the green, maybe a blend of greens. So I'm trying to draw from this image here. Okay, now that I have my main colors gotta go to this side of the page here and work on the pattern. So I had my pomegranates now work on the leaves. - Okay . The first layer of the leaf is done. I'm gonna go back with a smaller brush and just work on a little bit of a ning. The acrylic paint dries very quickly. Okay. And now, because it's a lot of white on this paper, I want to add some just gonna use repeated shapes over here, here and here. And I'm gonna take stealing to use acrylic paint. But I'm going to use the back end of my brush, and I'll just make some dots, - okay ? We'll let those dry, and in the meantime, I'm gonna work on this side of the page some more. I want to add a layer of red, Um, actually a black paint but it's gonna speak. Say, Red, it's gonna write the word red with my original sketch. This will just make an outline with the black can go in and fill it in with a bigger brush . - Here we go. Now, I'm looking at this, and I'm seeing that, um, this side has a lot more black than this, so I want to add some black here. Um, gotta think about how I'm gonna do that. I think I'll take my thin brush and I'm gonna outline some of these shapes. The beauty of them is they're very geometric. Very easy. Organic, simple shapes. So I'll just take my brush. Creates an outlines with the acrylic paint. Originally, when I created the sketch, I made the pomegranates with this little stem on the side. But I don't think I would include that. Kind of like the way the brush marks look. And lastly, I'm gonna add a little bit of white highlight again with acrylic paint. I like the way the simplicity of the white and the green look together with the black outline, and I think I might replicated over here. So taking it from this side that has the green and white. Just add some lines here and again. This is where you can play in your journal. You start with the framework, and then you add things as you go. You just follow your instincts. Okay, so over here, um, I like the way this looks. I will, however, add a little bit of an outline over here just to tie it all in. There we go. And ethical outline the screen as well. Here we go. Our second page. We took the color that we started with, and then an image that was inspired by the color. And then we built on it. We worked on the shapes that we have in the colors. 5. Lesson #3: for a next journal page. Um, we're gonna use from our download. Um, we're gonna use the bottom here on the labeled color swatches from images. So the first thing I'm going to do is look for six images. You can use more. You can use less, whatever fits your page. Um, so I cut them out. I wasn't too careful. I just wanted to make sure I really got enough of the color to really show what I'm looking for. And now I'm taking some matt medium, putting it on the back of the images and gluing it down, adhering it to the page again. You want a solid coat? Not terribly thick and not too light right to the edge. It will set it down, burnish it a little bit, and then put a layer on top of the mat medium. This offers a little additional burnishing as well as sealing it down. Okay, Just let my burst soak so that the mat medium doesn't dry the bristles together. So now that I have my images, they kind of have something in common. They're all pink. They don't have to be. It just happened to work out that way. But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take each individual image and look at some of the colors inside of it one at a time that that inspires me or that I'm attracted to that I like. So we'll start on this one over here in this hibiscus, even though pink is our color, I really like the way the orange and pink combined. So I'll take my watercolor brush, and I'm just gonna make a swatch off the orange in the pink. So I put a little water down and I have room here to work with. So if I don't like the way it looks at first, um, I can change it up a little that put a little orange down and then I'll put in a little pink here, and I like that. But I'm also noticing now that I've put it down, that I really like the way the yellow interacts with those two colors as well. So I had a little bit of that just to the edge, since that's what I want. There will go back with a little bit of the orange and then I'll go back with some of that pink. And I think I might drop in a little bit of brighter pink as well. And this is where you experiment on you play. Sometimes unexpected things happen or you notice things that you didn't expect. You originally go back in just to make this switch. No, let that dry. Now, on this next image which I'll use over here, I like the green in the way that interacts with the pink. So I'm gonna put a layer of green. You can add a little bit of the darker green to because of the shadow, and then I'm gonna put a couple of swatches of pink above it, and I'm not really quite sure if it's just the colors or the percentage of pink to green and this image that I like, but I think it's beautiful. You know, this image again has the pink, but look at it has yellow and blue as well. So I think I'll put pink in the center here. That's the basic image of basic color that I see. I kind of see it first, and they will put some swatches around it of the other colors that I'm drawn to in this image and the green here is kind of like a almost a grey green, which is kind of very pretty. And then, of course, there's the blue from the butterfly. Now, for this page, um, this is such a brilliant pink, and I like the way it looks with white. So I'm gonna just make an outline here, just a very organic shape. And I was gonna dropped in some clear I didn't get the pink off my brush. I'll drop in some clear water, remove that pigment around. It's the variegated leaves that make that so pretty Oh, and just a little bit of green over here because I think that looks nice. That combination hot pink, the green in the white. So then we have this image here, which is much more pastel e. And in this image, even though I see the pink, I just love the way that light blue green looks as well. We'll try and mix that color. See how close I can get to that past still, So that's that's it kind of deep. Let me see if I can't had some water and see if I can wick away some of that color. Here we have some of that that blue. I think I'm gonna go back and add, pick up some of that yellow as well and do the same thing there. And then lastly, we'll add a little bit of the pink since that's kind of the star of this page. Now for these this image here it's such a delicate pink. It's got pink and green. But I see this Papa blue. So do that. Add some swatch of the bright pink swatch of the light pink. And then over here we have blue, red and green handsome that read. And now some of that blue. I don't think that add a little bit of that green as well. Think that ties it all together. So here in my journal, now I have my images, my color swatches that I pulled from each of the images that I really liked. Once it's tries, I'm gonna do a little more work. Okay, Now that the paint has dried, I can go back in and just and some little notes here. So in this one, I really like the color blend. I think I'm gonna remember that. But you never know so I'm gonna just make a little note here, um, color blend yellow to orange to pink and take my marker. We'll make a line two separating that. Something here that's pretty self explanatory. And this one, I like being able to pull all the colors from here. Um, so here. I think it's a combination that works in the dusty colors here. Like the variants on that. I think I'm gonna draw something on that in a moment. Um, here is just just the colors, I think are just quite beautiful. So I'm just gonna write that down here. Colors here. The swatches just coincide beautifully. So I don't think I need to add anything to that here. I'm gonna take my white China marker, and I'm just gonna try and draw just a little bit of the rose. And over here, I think I'm just gonna write pink. I have my color pencil. You're not just outlined it really quickly. Now you could further embellish this more lines with doodles throughout it. More notes, thes air, just kind of just very brief notes. But I really like the way that that came out. The colors all kind of coincide with the pinks, but there are different elements. Two, Each one makes it spectacular and special. And these are things that I might use in my artwork. This blending, for example, um, is pretty remarkable. I really like that. I think I'm gonna try and use that in my artwork. Here is just the simplicity of the colors and as well as a color scheme. 6. Bonus & Class Wrap Up: And now here's a peek inside my next media color journal. Each page is made with one of these descriptions that you can download on the project section of our class. So I have my journal gonna have the first page I made by blocking off the words with block writing and then running. I think down the page in the 1st 1 I did was turquoise, my favorite color. I added different sections, um, color the main with various media watercolor, permanent marker, artist pens, pencil water soluble crayon. And then I had this great picture that kind of tied it all together. I added splotches of blue and turquoise because I like the way that looked. It looked to pristine. First. Here's the one in class we did the pink with all based on the color, and this image created all this. Here's one of crimson Um, I wrote the name and I took the an image here that inspired me with these colors, and then I drew sketches and pulled colors from it that I really liked. Here's the other page we worked on today where I chose six images and then pulled colors out from each image or I pulled shapes or combinations. I took little notes. Here's another one. My original image, my color swatches. And then this one. I was inspired by just simple shapes of this image. So I made a house and some balloons in a tree over here took a painting that I had made a postcard, taped it in with washi tape. And then I described it here of things that I liked about this, that I would like Toa build on for my next project. I did a little sketch with watercolor from one of those flowers without the outline. And then I made my own color palette color swatches, um that I pulled from here. Here I have this image of the pineapple. My focus was on yellow, but I really like the way the brown in the black and the green interacted. So I included that, and I made my own pattern here. I carried elements over from the side as well into here with splotches. And then I made a little section here of these shapes and colors and a small size. Here is the one we did today with pomegranates. I have my pattern here that I created based off the colors and the shapes and the image on this side. Here is another page with just simple blues, and I found all these beautiful blues. I mean, swatches on this side broke down with the name was and just filled the page with it. I like the way that came out. This could be done with any color or any shape. It doesn't have to be a radio shape. And then lastly took another shape. Another color orange filled the entire page with orange and then same thing here. I divided into blocks, added some patterns. And then I thought, the complementary color oranges. This is bluish turquoise, So I threw that in a few times as well. I really like the way that white in the black pop with it. So I added that I made some miniatures of the patterns and in the color swatches. I hope youll post your work on the project section of this class. I'd love to see some of your ideas or how you take the page ideas I suggested, and then modify them to make them your own