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 Β£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. Rose Johnson said:

    as always – my favorite designer!!

    January 29, 2021
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  2. Beth Merrill said:

    This video is so encouraging for anyone to try out art journaling. I hope many crafters will share their creations with you!

    January 29, 2021
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  3. Debbie F said:

    I moved into a new home this morning and had to take a break from moving in to watch your video!!! What a fantastic idea for video — going back to basics. As someone who struggles with background techniques I appreciate this video so much, and would love to see what you do with the rest of the pages you created backgrounds for. Also, I would love to see more of this type of video where you create backgrounds and your own focal points. I’d like to do more art journaling and yet still feel a bit intimidated by it (for some reason). The more videos I watch the more courage I work up to give something a try! Thank you so much, Vicky, for another incredible and inspirational video! I LOVE your bee!!!

    January 29, 2021
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  4. Lori Spitzer said:

    Hi, Vicky –
    You know I love your work! It’s always fabulous. This edition is no exception. OK, OK… you all win. I just ordered the kit b/c I love all these designers’ submissions to the blog hop!!
    Have a great weekend. It will be snowy here very soon. I am excited for it. I need at least one good snow per winter. And it will keep people at home, which is a fringe benefit.
    Lori S in PA (USA)

    January 29, 2021
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  5. Kimberly Hopper said:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of it!!!

    January 29, 2021
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  6. Andre M. said:

    Lovely layouts using these fun background images. Thank you for sharing the process video for making these fab designs.

    January 30, 2021
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  7. Gina Hudak said:

    Beautiful Pages! I really enjoy watching you create your art journal.

    January 30, 2021
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  8. Deborah said:

    Hello Vicky
    It’s been a while since I last left a comment.
    Your art journaling has always been my favorite. The Bee You is my favorite of the two.
    I know you’re not done yet. Per your inspiration I’m going to try the rainbow 🌈 colors.

    January 30, 2021
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  9. Rhonda Davis said:

    This video has been very helpful. Beautiful bright colors! I did want to ask you, how long does water paper take to dry on its own? Vicky you make it look so easy. πŸ™„

    January 30, 2021
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  10. Noreen Hennessy said:

    I just love your creativity

    January 30, 2021
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  11. Jan Gundrum said:

    Well Vicky, I know this is supposed to be a “where to get started” tutorial, but even those of us who has been journaling for some time can still benefit from your tips and tricks. I love your little bee too. Thanks again for the inspiration and guidance.

    January 30, 2021
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  12. Linda said:

    I’m not an art journaler myself but it just occurred to me that it would be a great way to enjoy my paper crafting instead of only making cards and then sending them to everyone else. What gave me the idea was seeing the cards for a binder that you used for these pages. I’d only seen videos of people using books and that never appealed t me. But this does appeal and even a books of several pages could be a great gift to give.

    January 30, 2021
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  13. JoAnneRIL said:

    These are so vibrant and fun. Your pages always amaze me.

    January 30, 2021
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  14. Nan Mack said:

    Such a helpful post! I’ve been telling myself I’m going to start journaling for two years now! Maybe by starting small like this I can finally do it.

    January 30, 2021
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  15. kathy Tanner said:

    The video was fantastic Vicky. I love your style and the way you share your experience and talent with everyone πŸ™‚ Thank you

    January 30, 2021
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  16. Joni Seith said:

    I am so happy that you are doing more mixed media and journal pages lately. Your work is always inspirational and fun.

    January 30, 2021
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  17. Diana W. said:

    your creations are the best! I love your detail. Please consider making pages from the rest of those backgrounds. Such fun!!

    January 30, 2021
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  18. Carrie Erickson said:

    Great video as usual. Everyone can benefit from all your tips and tricks. It’s a good reminder that art journaling doesn’t have to be complicated. Thanks for all your inspiration.

    January 30, 2021
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  19. Denise Bryant said:

    These pages look awesome! I love the colors and details, especially the cut out shapes on the pages!

    January 30, 2021
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  20. Anita Trippi said:

    It’s always so inspiring watching you transform a basic stamp and die set into a work of art❀️

    January 30, 2021
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  21. April Cowans said:

    You make it look so easy I am inspired to give it a try! Bright beautiful colors and such a cute little bee. Thank you for sharing.

    January 30, 2021
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  22. Eileen Freter said:

    Love this video…please do more Art journaling 101!

    January 30, 2021
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  23. Susan YOUNG said:

    So much fun! I love your art journal designs! This set is so versatile! Thanks for sharing!

    January 30, 2021
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  24. Marisela Delgado said:

    So beautiful!

    January 30, 2021
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  25. Vicky, these are all so fun!! I love how you used the stamps and dies along with other sets. Each card is so inspiring.

    January 30, 2021
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  26. Shubhangi Chopra said:

    Beautiful Art journal page Vicky.. Loved it as always..

    January 30, 2021
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  27. Tracey Landt said:

    Absolutely loved this video Vicky. I enjoy learning all your processes with art journaling. Keep up the great work.
    Keep well.
    T x

    January 30, 2021
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  28. Ann Kulseth said:

    Inspirational as always … simple but fabulous!

    January 30, 2021
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  29. na deze corona dagen is het een lichtpuntje om naar je video’s te kijken .
    your are amazing.

    January 30, 2021
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  30. Nina Salem said:

    Lovely ideas.. thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    January 30, 2021
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  31. Pattie Hillenberg said:

    Hi Vicky
    ❀🧑 these pages so much..I would absolutely love to see how you do the others you created..Thankyou so much for sharing your talent & kindness with us..πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ₯

    January 30, 2021
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  32. Madelyn Parke said:

    I really enjoyed this video. You inspired me to take out my art journaling supplies and get started!

    January 30, 2021
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  33. Celeste Alexander said:

    I adore what you have done here – such a clever mix of handmade focal points – you always inspires me!
    I’d live to see more pages!

    January 30, 2021
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  34. Patricia Med said:

    I love yoyr art journals they are stunning. Looks simple and beautifull at the same time.

    January 30, 2021
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  35. Kirsten Bytzek said:

    Great video with so much Inspirations. Please more pages. Thanks a lot for this!

    January 30, 2021
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  36. Mary Anne Feller said:

    I love watching your creative process. Explaining how to get started is just a bonus!

    January 30, 2021
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  37. Lisa Achilles said:

    Your backgrounds are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent.

    January 30, 2021
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  38. Laura zavala said:

    Great video Vicki!!! My favorite is the that adorable little bee!

    January 30, 2021
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  39. Jeanne Beam said:

    Love all your gorgeous creations! So colorful…
    Thanks for sharing.

    January 30, 2021
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  40. Teresa Dougan said:

    Great tutorial- would love to see more.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    January 30, 2021
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  41. Robin Ridpath said:

    Great video! As a cardmaker and want to be art journalist, I love the idea of starting on a 4.25″x5.5″ journal. The space is much more workable and the products I own are scaled to that size. Thanks for showing that focal points can be handmade and easy, even if you aren’t crafty in that way. I would love to see you finish off the other pages.

    January 30, 2021
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  42. Yvonne Boucher said:

    This is a fantastic release! Thank you so much for this tutorial, Vicky! Your art journal tutorials are my go too’s for inspiration. Love these pages!!!

    January 30, 2021
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  43. RobiW said:

    What a beautiful journal! I love the ways you showed to use the set. Very inspiring.

    January 30, 2021
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  44. Maureen E. Chandler said:

    I love watching your videos and learn something new all the time! I probably wouldn’t make an art journal right now but I would use your wonderful suggestions for backgrounds for the cards I make for my large family!! Thank you so much for all you share on your blog!!!

    January 30, 2021
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  45. Georgia Anderson said:

    Hi.

    This was a really fun lesson in color combing and using multiple easy techniques.
    Definitely will put this great information to work..
    Thanks!!!

    Georgia

    January 30, 2021
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  46. Michele W said:

    Thanks for showing us how to make an art journal! Great new stamp set that would work well for making masculine cards.

    January 30, 2021
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  47. Vickie Vaughn said:

    As always beautiful

    January 30, 2021
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  48. Anna S said:

    Thank you for showing us how to use this bundle as additions to other types of paper crafting. Subtle stamping but adds such a wonderful effect.

    January 30, 2021
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  49. Anuska Garai said:

    Very helpful for beginners πŸ€—

    January 30, 2021
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  50. Anuska Garai said:

    Can anyone tell me how to comment on Daniel West’s blog post ??… there is no option or field for posting comments πŸ™

    January 30, 2021
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