art journal with me: summer vibes ☼

Hi, y’all!

I hope you are having a lovely summer, despite coronavirus and all the unrest going on. I recently created a lovely summer vibes art journal spread and thought I would take you along.

Materials used:

  • Strathmore mixed media sketchbook
  • Tombow Dual Tip markers
  • Waterbrush
  • DIY stencil
  • scrap paper
  • white Posca paint pen

Let’s dive in!

step one. find your canvas.

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I’m using my mixed media notebook here, but you can use anything from watercolor paper to an art journal constructed out of reused paper. Use whatever’s on hand!

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step two. add some sunshine.

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Using my Tombow Dual Tip markers and a waterbrush, I’ve drawn a beautifully glowy sun with some faux watercoloring! If you’re not familiar with this technique, it’s very simple. Take a smooth surface like a ziploc bag or a plastic CD case like me and swash your marker all over in a patch. Take your wet brush and paint away! Anyway, the splotchy bits look like highlights. 🤩

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step three. the background is important!

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Now we need to decorate the other corner so it’s not so lonely *hehehe*. I’m using a stencil I created based on subway tile and brickwork and a light brown Tombow Dual Tip marker. (If you’re interested in making your own stencil, check this post out!)

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step four. details and layering.

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Taking your scraps of paper, add some layers and texture to your art journal spread. The text is from a magazine article and the brown paper is from an old paper bag. I’ve taken a white paint pen and added some detailing. Can you notice them?

step five. be quotable.

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The final step is to add a quote. I’ve lettered a phrase on this tag I’ve cut out. I’ve often found that Goodreads is a great source of quotes. This art spread is so adorable. It’s sweet, simple, and homey in a way.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed following my art process today! Let me know which was your favorite part in the comments below! I’d love to chat with you 😊

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