Art Journal 101 | Where to start – backgrounds

Hi! Today I am back with art journal 101. I am going to share an easy and fun step by step method that you can all follow to create a colorful booklet full of mixed media backgrounds. Then I will create my own focal points to turn two of those pages into finished layouts.

For all my pages today I am using my Nuvo Aqua Flow pens but you can use your watercolors and to demonstrate my techniques I use the new Backgrounds and Borders stamps and dies by Tonic Studios.

This is part of a blog hop, so join us for lots of inspiration and giveaways!

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

Make sure to watch the video for the two-color method that will give you stunning and colorful backgrounds. The technique is so simple and fun you will want to go and create right now! Use stamps and stencils to add interest as well as splashes… and I take you through all the steps in the video.

Here are some close-up photos on the background whereyou can see all the visual texture that I got

For my red and orange background I created a daisy as the focal point. Used stamps for the borders and dies to add interest to the page with litttle holes.

I also used the dies to cut out the word LOVE and combine it with stickers.

For my green and yellow background I played mainly with the hexagons for the background and cut out elements so the focal point had to be a bee. Again I created that on my own and you can see how easy it is on the video.

For my motivational quote again I die cut the word YOU and combined it with a sticker.

How adorable is that bee?!

supplies

Below you can find a list of all the products used today. Links to multiple online shops are available, just click the logo below each item. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you.

-Backgrounds & Borders – Stamp & Die…
[ TNC | TNCUK ]
aqua flow pens
[ TNC | TNCUK ]
Arteza – Expert Watercolor Pad
[ ARTZ ]
Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-ology…
[ SBC ]
Disc Bound Die
[ SBC | SSS ]
Disc Bound Punch
[ ACH ]
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
[ SBC | SSS ]
Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE UM-153
[ SSS ]
Sakura – Gelly Roll Pen – Classic -…
[ SBC ]
Black Pen Set
[ SBC ]
Ranger Ink – Fude Ball Pen – Black
[ SBC ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Non-Stick…
[ SBC | SSS ]
WOW DUAL SPEED HEAT TOOL WZHT-USA
[ SSS ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – 8.5 Inch…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Glass…
[ SBC | SSS ]

giveaway

One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios and the Backgrounds & Borders Bundle! To enter comment on every blog in the hop by 11:59pm PST on February 3, 2021/ 7:59am GST on Feb. 4, 2021

Winner will be announced on February 5th, 2021 on IG and FB so make sure you’re following all Tonic accounts!

blog hop order

Amber Rain Davis
Channin Pelletier
Daniel West
Erica Andersson-Burke
Ilda Dias
Jen Kray
Laura Bassen
Maria Willis
Marie Heiderscheit
Vicky Papaioannou

149 Comments

  1. Boryana Y said:

    These are so beautiful and colorful! Love them all!

    January 30, 2021
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  2. Kathryn E Waller said:

    I always love seeing your mixed media posts.

    January 30, 2021
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  3. Julie L said:

    Tonic is a great company. Through your blog I discovered their Deluxe Adhesive, which is the only liquid glue I use, and bought my first Tonic craft kit after seeing it on your blog a few years ago. I love their tools and the Nuvo product line. I recently received a stamp club (stamp and die set) Shoot for the Moon, which is stunning.

    January 30, 2021
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  4. June Bovenzi said:

    I love the versatility of Tonic/Nuvo products! Vicki, your tutorials are so good and simple to follow.

    January 30, 2021
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  5. Shelly Schmidt said:

    How beautifully done- and you made it look so darn easy : ) Love your pages- Yes please, lets see more like this!

    January 30, 2021
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  6. Julie L said:

    I always enjoy your multimedia project videos and watching you create textured backgrounds. As for focal points, either method is fine w/ me. Three of my favorites you created were the “leather” suitcase, the watermelon, and large moon.

    January 30, 2021
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  7. Jana Horner said:

    Love the vibrant colors. Also your step by step makes it easy to follow. The stamp set and die from Tonic are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    January 30, 2021
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  8. Larie Manning said:

    Your mixed media is so creative and I enjoy ever one you make. Please do more of
    the ones you did today. I have been watching you for a long time.
    Thank you

    January 30, 2021
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  9. Joni Mastronardi said:

    Love all your ideas.

    January 30, 2021
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  10. Marty B said:

    This is totally out of my comfort zone but your video really breaks it down. Can’t wait to try this and LOVE your end results!!!

    January 30, 2021
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  11. Henriëtte said:

    Awesome video Vicky. I love how you show art journaling 101. I always learn so much from you.
    The new Tonic background and border bundle is great for card making and art journaling, so versatile.
    Thank you so much for sharing your great inspiration, stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

    January 30, 2021
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  12. Dillyb said:

    Love your sharing tips and ideas and using different mediums, I would never have thought to use my watercolors.🐝 utiful

    January 31, 2021
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  13. Tiziana Minardo said:

    Wow! Your pages are simply great! I love the size, the colors, the focal point and the quote… you are so talented 🙂

    January 31, 2021
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  14. Monica Bogart said:

    Thank you for sharing your talent. Your pages were so bright & cheerful…how could you have a bad day after making something so happy. Also for a beginner everything seems so hard ..so thank you for showing us beginners that it really isnt that hard & that it doesn’t have to be perfect …just make something that makes you happy. I will say I would like to get some of the watercolor brushes like you used.Thanks again

    January 31, 2021
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  15. Sharon Knight said:

    Love the backgrounds for the journal pages.. Also love the tonic backgrounds and borders.

    January 31, 2021
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  16. ANGELA M VELAZQUEZ said:

    Thank for sharing this background is what I strugle the most. They look so beautiful. Tonic studio products are excellent love them, Hugs

    January 31, 2021
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  17. Dorothy Ayotte said:

    Beautiful art work! Love your backgrounds with these amazing stamps and dies!

    January 31, 2021
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  18. Miranda said:

    Art journaling is new for me. I really enjoyed your video and this post. I am looking forward to trying your background techniques!

    January 31, 2021
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  19. Penny McRobert said:

    I don’t have trouble making the backgrounds, I have trouble finishing the pages off. I don’t like my hand writing and I can never find the right sentiment.

    January 31, 2021
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  20. Roxanne Tellini said:

    This video was a treat to watch. You just play and create. This is what makes our hobby fun.

    January 31, 2021
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  21. Nicole said:

    Love your technique! Tried it immediately and was very happy with the results. Please do more of this.

    January 31, 2021
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  22. gloria Eike said:

    As always, you have great ideas that help us to create an art journal background and the finishing touches! Thank you Vicky.

    January 31, 2021
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  23. Sue W. said:

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring art journal pages! What a great border stamp & die set!

    January 31, 2021
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  24. Kathy said:

    Oh my gosh! I love your work Vicky! I’ve followed you on you tube for awhile and your art keeps getting better and better! This stamp and die set is amazing! I can think of so many uses for it. Tyfs

    January 31, 2021
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  25. VICKY NICOLACI said:

    Your additional of the bee to the hexagon shape was inspired . Such an adorable embellishment. I love anytime you add the black & white to your pages- that is my go to touch anytime I can add it. Thanks for sharing.

    January 31, 2021
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  26. Darlene said:

    Love.love them. I would make a card with them. Please do more! So creative and inspiring

    January 31, 2021
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  27. Cindy Beach said:

    I loved your video! I would love to see more of the way you do the background pages in future videos. I learn from everything that you share!

    January 31, 2021
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  28. Cindy Behler said:

    I love how beautiful all your designs are. I right away got out my supplies and tried to come close to your ideas as possible. I don’t have any of the same supplies but that is the beauty of creating from inspiration. Thank you Vicky

    January 31, 2021
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  29. Kristine said:

    I really enjoyed your video. Both of your projects turned out great and love the products you used. Thank you!

    February 1, 2021
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  30. Edythe Nadler said:

    Great ideas and inspiration al as well

    February 1, 2021
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  31. gk said:

    This is amazing! Loved the video. Please do more like this! So inspiring!

    February 1, 2021
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  32. Vicky O said:

    Always love your backgrounds. Just got started journaling.

    February 1, 2021
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  33. Teri Downs said:

    Love your videos and inspiration! Tonic Studio’s are the best. Thanks for each and every video. You are one my very favorite artists. Wishing you the best!

    February 1, 2021
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  34. Nellie said:

    thank you very much!!! i would like to see more!!!

    February 1, 2021
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  35. Robin G Alcorn said:

    I love the stamps and dies that are geared to mixed media! I hope you’ll do a video on completing the other pages.

    February 2, 2021
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  36. Bridget Vollmer said:

    I absolutely loved this! Thank you for sharing your techniques.

    February 2, 2021
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  37. Libby said:

    Love this – thank you so much!

    February 2, 2021
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  38. Christina Bodah said:

    Hi there Vicky I love how you show us that you really don’t need a lot of supplies to be creative, just your imagination. Thanks.

    February 2, 2021
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  39. Mirthe said:

    So pretty! I am directly going to watch part two! Love the bright and colorful backgrounds and that bee is so cute 🥰
    Thank you for sharing!

    February 2, 2021
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  40. Rob Keogh said:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration Vickie. Love the stamp and die set too.

    February 2, 2021
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  41. Julie D said:

    This is so beautiful! Thanks! 🙂

    February 2, 2021
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  42. April Aguinaga said:

    wow, I love how organic your art pages look. But yet still so elegant, I never thought about using water colors to color the pages. I’m inspired!

    February 3, 2021
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  43. Louisa M said:

    The journal pages are simply stunning. I know all the details really add to the completed pages. Lots of great tips and I love that you encourage us to create with things we already have. I will definitely try this technique 🥰.

    February 3, 2021
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  44. Leslie F said:

    Your pages are so fun!
    They took me back to my childhood with the bright and vibrant colors. I cant wait to try my hand at creating some cards.

    February 3, 2021
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  45. Robin said:

    Great ideas. I’m going to try them out!

    February 3, 2021
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  46. Maty said:

    So simple yet so beautiful. Love the colors and designs.

    February 3, 2021
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  47. Karin Friederichs said:

    Like these mixed media ideas too. I myself am a cardmaker, but these ideas make me want to try this out. Thank you for the inspiration

    February 3, 2021
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  48. Elisabete Santos said:

    Gorgeous… as always!

    February 3, 2021
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  49. Brenda McKinley said:

    Always LOVE your videos and artwork! And that bee you created is adorable. Really lets people see they can make stuff of their own if they don’t have a certain stamp or die cut.

    February 5, 2021
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