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Sweet Mixed Media Journal Art Girl

teacher avatar Delores Naskrent, Creative Explorer

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Intro Journal Art Mixed Media Girl

    • 2. Lesson 1 Prepping Your Drawing and Preparing to Transfer

    • 3. Lesson 2 Preparing Your Background

    • 4. Lesson 3 Inking and Markering

    • 5. Lesson 4 Finishing and Finessing

    • 6. Lesson 5 Details, Details, Details and Closing Thoughts

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About This Class

About This Class

Hello creative explorers! You can create this sweet mixed media journal art girl with the step-by-step guidance of a seasoned artist. Learn why art journaling is such a rewarding and relaxing activity.  You will pick up some simple techniques for mixed media art using acrylic paints and watercolors, collage, and pens and paint markers with step-by-step demos. 

Mixed media is so easy and forgiving because there are no rules and the possibilities are endless!  Even if you're a beginner, you will be guided through straightforward and fun steps to creating a double page in your art journal featuring this gorgeous girl in a simple style that is easy to emulate. A template is even provided if you are not confident with the drawing! 

Whether you’ve been journaling for years or are just starting out, you can pick up new ideas and techniques. Join me in this artful adventure and make a beautiful, meaningful and creative double page spread in your journal.


In this class we will go through specific concepts in 5 detailed lessons that cover:

  • Prepping your drawing and preparing to transfer it into your art journal
  • Preparing your background with a variety of mixed media techniques
  • Inking and markering techniques
  • Finishing and finessing your design
  • Final adjustments and details


You will get the bonus of…

  • direction from an instructor who has been in the graphic design and art licensing business for over 40 years as well as being a certified art teacher for 30 years


Course Synopsis:

Lesson 1 

This lesson explains the steps involved in prepping your drawing and preparing to transfer it into your journal.

Lesson 2

Mixed media techniques for creating interesting and intriguing backgrounds are discussed an demonstrated in this lesson. 

Lesson 3

This lesson delves into inking and markering techniques to create your line drawing.

Lesson 4

This lesson explains finishing and finessing approaches for adding compelling depth to your page.

Lesson 5

The “Details, Details, Details” lesson and closing thoughts gives you additional insights into the world mixed media art in your art journal.


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Delores Naskrent

Creative Explorer


Hello, I'm Delores.  I'm excited to be here, teaching what I love! I was an art educator for 30 years, teaching graphic design, fine art, theatrical design and video production. My education took place at college and university, in Manitoba, Canada, and has been honed through decades of graphic design experience and my work as a professional artist, which I have done for over 40 years (eeek!). In the last 15 years I have been involved in art licensing with contracts from Russ, Artwall, Studio El, Patton, Trends, Metaverse, Evergreen and more.

My work ranges through acrylic paint, ink, marker, collage, pastels, pencil crayon, watercolour, and digital illustration and provides many ready paths of self-expression. Once complete, I use this... See full profile

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1. Intro Journal Art Mixed Media Girl: Hello, creative explorers. My name is Dolores NASCAR and I am a graphic artist, illustrator and creative adventurer. I'm here today to share with you one of my most favorite art journaling projects. This entire class will focus on producing this lovely girl in mixed media. In Your Art Journal will start from the ground up, producing the background. And then I'll share with you all of my techniques for drawing cancer in the drawing into your journal in King painting and finishing her. I'm going to share all kinds of tips and tricks along the way, and by the end of it, you're going to have this gorgeous, mixed media girl of your own. It's a little bit more about me here and why I art journal and why I have encouraged friends and students to do the same. Over the years, I spent 30 years teaching fine art, graphic design and theatrical design in a high school setting. It was really great, but it was often very stressful. My life was very full and hectic, but one of the things I was always able to do was to relax and sketch and draw and paint in my art journals. One thing good about an art journal. You could throw it in a bag and take it wherever you go. We're gonna do something new. And your art General today I hope you're ready to get started. Call me in less than one. 2. Lesson 1 Prepping Your Drawing and Preparing to Transfer: So I'm starting with the tracing that I have done have used both of these brands of tracing paper and either than works just fine. Remember, you're welcome to use the template that I provided this. I'm going to transfer into my journal. It's This is a very rough tracing of a girl's face, and I just thought I'd pause. Here it is to show you one of my tricks in getting the face symmetrical, so I'm going to fold it in half, right in the center, and then I'm going to trace the opposite side. So I've got two little fold marks that I've put here just to be accurate. Then I flip it over. I could see my image through tracing papers is fine. Praising doesn't have to be perfect because I always make corrections as I'm going along when I open it up so I can see that I've got the nose way too far apart, which is not a problem. I could just research and or even when I'm transferring it, move it closer together. Otherwise, I think it's, uh, it's good enough. It's ready to go for me to transfer, so I see. I thought the neck here, so I'll just fix her nose when I am transferring her to my my sketchbook. And I'm gonna go really old school here about my pencil drawing, and it would take one of my pencils and I'm on the backside of it. I'm gonna go over all of my lines, and this is going to become my carbon paper. So my tracing is complete, and I'm now ready to transfer it into my sketchbook, so I'll show you how to do that in the next lesson. See, there. 3. Lesson 2 Preparing Your Background: Hey there. Welcome back. When this lesson I'm going to show you preparation that I've done. But this journal art pages mainly about applying the paint. And I have, ah, method. That's great because it dries quickly. This page already had some clause elements I had also applied agreeing paint, which is really dry. And now we're just going to add the white, which will make a great background for our girl. So when I got here is some basic white acrylic paint block out white. As you can see, I've got a credit card and I just use the lid from a salad container, their disposable. They're great. I got all these lids and I'm using them is palettes. So I've got my credit card loaded with paint and then I just used the credit card to spread the paint in the area where I'm going to be painting or drawing the girl for kind of house . Very. This idea of where she's gonna be. The whole idea of this technique is to have something that dries quickly and is spread quite thin. And that's a really great textural quality. I like in my backgrounds, like to feather it out a little bit and it a little bit geo mantra and under these lights gonna drive really quickly. So I really like using the credit card because like you get almost, like a palette knife effect. And you know, it's really cool for doing nice angled lines. And I like coming up against some of the collage that I've done. That kind of fills up the space in between or on the edge so that I can easily color over it, and it really integrates the collage. Now you know what to do with all those old rewards cards that you're not using anymore, so have positioned by tracing paper on I'm going through and transferring all my lines over . In this case, I've taped my tracing paper down so that it doesn't shift on me. But I lifted occasionally to get a glance of the work 108th. And if I'm missing any lines that I can't or don't want to have to remember where they are , let's look, I've got a boat 90% of it, more than enough Teoh to help me along when I'm doing my drawing maybe part of her face here. So make sure I get that will help me keep it symmetrical. Okay, think about it. No, I'm switching to Ah, regular pencil. Just a regular mechanical pencil. I'm kind of going to go over my lines a little bit here to make it easier for when I'm doing my thinking. This is the perfect time to make adjustments or corrections. And you still have another chance to do that. When you're doing your thinking, your marketing, I always end up, you know, changing things as I'm going along. Kind of wish I had shifted her over a little bit because I think it's gonna be hard for me to do that. No. Was in both really easily because of that increase in the spine. So I'm going over a lot of these lines just to make them a little bit more legible again. I know that I could do a lot of correcting while I'm working on my lines. Kind of wish I had avoided doing the mouth and nose on the crease here. But that's okay. I'll make the most of it. Okay, So with our tracing complete, we're ready to move into thinking and Mark Oring. So I guess I'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Lesson 3 Inking and Markering: Hey there, Welcome back. So in this lesson, I'm going to focus on thinking and detail in your drawing. I'm going to share some tips and tricks along the way to help you get a more detailed finish. I'm going to be explaining how to get shadow and highlight areas and just general tips about mark ring and thinking. Let's get to it. So for my initial lines, I usually choose at least a point h micron pen. I use this to do most of my outlining. Sometimes I use even a thicker one to outline my main areas of distinction, which are mostly the ones that I have defined here with my tracing. Remember, you can really take your time doing these outlines. As I'm going through, I take the time to double check. And just to correct any of the positioning of the lines, I'm leaving the face for last because I'm a switch to a different marker here. So far, really, really liking the skeleton here, the bones of this drawing, as you see sometimes I go all the way to the end, top to bottom, and then at the end, I really tape aerating close just to get a really dark area there. Sometimes the lines. And I think this is nice for showing how the different locks of hair would sit. Gonna do some some short ones here. This will tie into that curve there. So what I'm trying to do with my curves is have everything really flow you can see really flowing really gives that illusion of softness for the hair and wispy nous and movement. Here I'm tapering the tips of the hair. I mean, still go back with it, can even find her marker here. I think it would look good with a couple more. So I'm gonna follow this curve here to bring a few lists beyond this big bottom curl. I think I'm ready. Toe. Start adding some of the other detail. We're gonna do some flowers in the background here. It's really good to vary the sizes of your background laurels as I'm progressing to smaller chip or my marker. I'm working my way out from the thicker lines. So I've got thicker lines there, the next size of marker, which I'm kind of using right now I'm going alongside those lines. I'm also using a lighter touch for these lines so that I don't get get them any thicker than they need to be. Thickness is ideal for doing these shadows. I'm doing a little bit of that line tapering that I talked about problems switching back to a 0.3 to do some of these flowers like the very sizes of the thicknesses of these little flowers. 005 You seem even smaller ones here. Okay, so I'm going to switch to a really fine marker. This one is a 005 super fine. Again, I'm working out from the last thickness. Once in a while, I threw in one of these real in lines in the middle of a big highlight area. All the areas that I am leaving mainly white, are the ones that are highlights in the hair, like to still show a little bit of texture to the hair. Again, I'm keeping my usher very light. Let the lions remain very, very thin. Varying the spaces between the lines also adds a little bit of interest being consistent. But I'm also choosing to not be consistent in some spots. This one's also perfect for adding some detail in the other flowers that white just so background is just beautiful for doing this marker work on gonna add a little vine running in behind these flowers. So now I'm going to start adding a little bit of detail ing with white. I always go in and really whiten white part of the eye. I'm using a Posca Posco's air. Very nice for Ah, very rich color. It's quite opaque, so it covers other colors. Very well. Great for going into correcting anything that you may not like. Also nice for adding the white highlights. Well, the eyes that may go in and do this more than once because it looks like the pigments may have settled at the other end of the panics. I had it upside down. So here's a good time for us toe just loss and get ready for the next lesson. In the next lesson, we're gonna be talking about adding dimension. We're gonna do that with paint and a few other techniques. I love this part. This is where your painting really starts to come alive. So I'll see you there 5. Lesson 4 Finishing and Finessing: Hey, guys, welcome back. We're in our final lesson for mixed media journal Art Girl, and it's the funnest part. That's where we're going to do all of the amazing detail in coloring. That'll make her really pop off the page. I'm finishing off my white details this time. You see my signal, White Pan. Then I'm gonna use my little stub of a black pencil my block Prisma color pencil to start some of this shading. I like Prisma color because they're super soft bones. I also really like the Derwent color solve kinds of grounds. They're going to these deep shadow areas and softly color with my black pencil crayon a little bit darker in the deep areas and then feather it off softly, tohave it blend. Once I'm satisfied with all my sheeting, I'm going to start some of the polarizing. The first thing I'm going to start with is watercolor and take this yellow watercolor and do some of these shadow areas. Just look how rich is making it look. What is how repeating the color throughout really starts to unify the sketch to or the drawing painting whatever you wanna call it, It's mixed media What can I say? I'm gonna bring in a little bit of a Did you orange? I could use a little bit of this in the hair to wanted to on trustee, So kind of rubbing it in a little bit. Yeah, I think I like that. People take the time to add a little bit of color into my my flowers. A couple of them in my paint up a little bit makes a little bit more opaque. A lot of these I usually do with, uh, with my paint markers, but, uh, sometimes it's nice to just build it up these watercolor first and then add we'll pick marker over top a little bit more down here. I'm just thinking this would be great for her face for blush. I'll just finish these areas, uh, in her hair and her shadow areas around her face on the outside. And then I'll move on into the face. Yeah, this is a great color because it's still part of our palate that peachy pink, but it'll work great for the blush and shadows on her face. I think I'll use this to add a little bit dimension around the eyes. nose between the nose and the mouth and the bottom of the chin. They always find that a little bit of blush on. The tip of the doors is nice. Might seem a little bit dark at first, but I think once we do the lips, you'll see that it's it's all right. The company use Ah, pretty opaque watercolor here to start the lips. Quite sure. The color, I think. Well, a little pink to it. Almost all of this is going to be worked on with pencil, crayon and marker. Anyway, so this is basically just giving me the beast base for all of it. No, I think I'm gonna add a little bit of the blue back into this dress and blue eyes. You can want that little bit, Richard. So I'm gonna use, um, some wash here in the ice, kind of like dabbling it on so that I can get some variations in, um, the tone. So you get some deep, dark areas and then you get some really bright areas. That work is highlights. Think I'm still gonna go back in and put highlights with white, but like an eye that's a little bit variegated, kind of like the bleed that the wet on, which gives it a swell. I think I might use some of this blue as a bit of a shadow. Unify the blue in my illustration. See how adding all these extra little details a little bit of color here and there has really pulled my whole illustration together. I'll show you a before it after at the end, just so that you can fully appreciate how much of a difference it's made to add all of these different colors. I say all of these different colors. But really, when you look at it, the palace still pretty simple, kind of Ah, Goldie yellow color, that orangey peachy color and then this turquoise blue. And, uh, I don't that I'm gonna add any more color. Honestly, I think this is this is pretty much gonna be the end palette of the whole the whole illustration. I used to be, ah, really attempted to use all kinds of different colors. And then at the end, I would wonder why, Why? It just looks so patchy and didn't really seem like it flowed. And more I limit my palettes is ah, the more unity I get overall, I'll show you some other examples here. Toe give you an idea of what I'm what I mean and how simple I keep the pallets. And I really like Teoh. Just keep a lot of that original texture of my my background because I think that also serves to add a ton of interest. I think for now I'm kind of done with the blue again. Always reserve the right to go back and make alterations to it. I'm gonna go in with some water color markers to really punch up some of the colors in the background. These air zigs like like these. And I really like the koi does This one here got this sort of light tan color I can use for cheating on the faces? I was deep in the shadows around the nose, around the edges of the face, deep in the shadows under the chin. Notice how the eyes really pop if you put a little bit of shadow around them. I'm really regretting having this Seymour running down the face, the spine of the book. But this is just one of many soul. Whatever I've learned, learning is part of the game for sure. So I got one last video to show you one last lesson, and that last lesson shows me adding all of the detail and finishing touches. So we'll wrap it up the next lesson. I'll see you there. 6. Lesson 5 Details, Details, Details and Closing Thoughts: Hey there. Welcome back. So here we go. I've got all my details completed, and I'm going to just do a voice over of the video that I took. So I've got a few of my tools lined up here showing you a few of the examples of some of the backgrounds that I use some of the collage details. And as you could see, my color palette iss gonna be very simple. So I'm going in here with the paint markers. This one is a Posca, and I am punching up all the colors, starting with this orange, and you could see that the paint marker is really opaque. So it's really great for going over the water color And what not soon be switching markers . Now I've got a coy watercolor marker, and I'm just getting the colors a little bit richer again. Now that I've got all of the painting done, I can see that some of these could be just a tiny bit richer. You'll see me going throughout, touching up and adding color wherever I can. I'm still using that same technique of blending with my fingertip. Probably hard to see on the screen here But the white actually white pencil crayon actually brightened up this Wait a little bit and back with my signal white marker going in and putting a few highlights here in there. Now I'm using a brown pencil crayon, and I'm just beginning a little bit in the shadow areas. I'm pulling out from where the black waas and I'm using a very light touch. As you can see, I'm just laying down a little bit of color. If I need darker areas, I just pressed harder with my pencil crayon. Now I'm going in with some blue to sling out this blue a little bit further into my image area. And this is a Derwent actual watercolor pencil, so I can actually add a little bit of moisture to it and blend it out a little bit more. So I'm going to do that with my finger in a minute. There's a shadow areas in the hair down here where I make it obvious that that is on open area of hear. See, I'm wedding, that area, little bit blending it in, and I'm gonna go in with the paint marker later as well. In these areas, I'm just adding the shoulder on the left side here. I, uh, didn't have that in originally, and it was kind of bugging me. So I put that in and of course, I'm building up the shadow behind in the blue, Little bit more blue here and there. Here I'm switching to one of my favorite types of markers. Amal. It'll it's actually a marker that graffiti artists use, and it will go on absolutely anything. Colors really rich and sick. And it has kind of a matte finish, which I like. I'm always protesting these a little bit on a piece of paper, back with one of my great watercolors, the yellow, and adding a little bit more yellow into her hair and a little bit onto the flowers. Now this green Moloto is very much like the green that I had in the background. So it's such a muted and neutral green. That it's actually breathes, is a neutral when you look at this final artwork back to my blue Posca, and this is for touching up all around and between the flowers to make it look like a really deep shadow area in blue again, tying in my color scheme. These are also paint markers, and they also dry with a Matt finish. This set of markers was really inexpensive. I think I bought it on Amazon, getting a little bit of it into her eyes. I'm kind of outlining around the hair here because blends in with that blue. I'm going to use my smearing technique, and I'm playing it out a little bit, giving that a lot more blue in the background area all around the flowers here on the left side as well. I just love that blue. I think it's working really well with this illustration, of course, all over my hands. This isn't just absolute tiny touch of this pig here, and that's for a highlight. It doesn't show up very well on the video, but I thought it added a little bit of brightness a little bit more with my koi in the lips , a little bit more of this flesh tone. I'm going to use a darker one here, and the state went for a bit so I could use the lighter color for blending just rich. Inning that area, and then you'll see me take the lighter color and do some blending. So most of my markers that I've got here I've bought on Amazon. I live in a rural area in Canada, and there aren't a lot of art stores. Actually, there's no art store here. And Brandon, I sure wish I had avoided that gunner area. But what can you do? Going back again with a little bit more of the blue pencil crown, I'm sure on the video here it seems almost imperceptible. But when I show either before and after, you'll see how much detail this added, I've got another Moloto here. This is a lighter blue, and this one I'm just putting light blue dots in select areas. I just think it adds a little bit of texture, kind of like like the wait goes down. It's nice and nice and thick. Notice how well it covers fully opaque, really getting close to the end here, and I'm gonna just add a tiny bit a collage. Here's some of the little scrap of papers I used originally, there's so much that I use for collage about piles, scraps and old magazines that I use in. Once in a while, I indulge in some scrapbook papers. I'm gonna add some type from a magazine page that they don't really good and some glue again. This just to meet this adds texture. I just love typography is a accent taking a look in a National Geographic here I found a really cool mosaic background in the color will work perfectly. It works better with non glossy materials, but I couldn't pass this one up. I just thought it was too perfect ties in so beautifully with her hair and some of the other details. And here's my finished product before and after as promised. Hope you like how she turned out. You see how much absolute find you can get out of doing these journal art pages. So our adventure into drawing this mixed media journal art girl draws to a close pardon. The pun has been truly adventure in mixed media. We've used markers. We've used water colors. We've used acrylic paint have used collage. I'm sure I'm missing something, but wow, talk about experimenting. So I just wanted to reiterate a couple of points before we close. I hope I've made this easy for you. I hope I've explained everything well enough. I hope I've made this feel truly attainable? Remember, if you're not confident with that initial drawing, use my template. Sometimes it's just easier for the 1st 1 to go with something like that. And remember, I'd also like to encourage you to take a day or two for you to just paint 10 or 20 backgrounds. Add collage. Add any sort of details. This will help you get warmed up before you get started. Remember to keep busy details around the outside and the inside where you're going to draw the girl. Try to keep that area nice and light. Try to keep your pal. It's very simple. Having 45 colors is probably all you really need to make it look fantastic. Remember to choose a good position for for your girl, avoid what I did. Stay out of the gutter. Use different pen nib thicknesses. This will also help for you to get that illusion of dimension. Once you've done all of your painting and got all your details, go win with paint markers for that final finessing and you know never close the door completely on a piece of artwork. This is one of the reasons I love art, journaling because sometimes I can just sit down with one color of marker, looked through the book and I could add details to art pieces that I considered finished. I mean, why not? And always, always carry your journal with you. You really only need to have two or three markers in your pocket or in your purse, and you can journal anywhere. Leave any questions and comments. I will respond. Teoh. All of your questions remember that if you ask a question is probably something that 20 other people wanted the answer to. So So please use this area of skill share. It's awesome. And oh, my God, Please share your finished pieces. I would absolutely love to see them. I'm sure they're gonna turnout absolutely fantastic. And I can't wait to see them. If you could take a minute to give me a thumbs up, that would be awesome. Please tell other people about this class. Please share. If you share your work on social media, please tag me hashtag Delores nascar and slash skill share. I will share everything that is shared to me. And thank you so much for sticking it out and taking my entire class I appreciate it so much. You have no idea. So take care and watch for my other classes right now.