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Floating leaves mixed media art journal page

Floating leaves mixed media art journal page

Hi there beautiful people,

I just finished another journal page titled Floating Leaves and I thought to share it with you all. 🙂

I would like to enter this journal page into the August challenge Creative Gym#20 at the Mixed Media Place.




This page it might look pretty similar to the last one but the process was a different one. This time I was experimenting with my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours and may I just say they are absolutely gorgeous!!! 🙂 Such vibrant, rich and beautiful colours…

So, for the background I started by painting several layers of diluted acrylic paint, each layer being a different colour. While the paint was still wet I dropped isopropyl alcohol which reacts with the water creating some lovely patterns. I dried the pages with the heating gun after each layer of paint splattered with alcohol.


Separately I began playing with my watercolours.

I discovered recently a YouTube channel of a lovely artist here in the UK, Nina Ribena (you can click on the link and you’ll be directed to her channel). She has there some very interesting videos, but one caught my eye in particular as she was working on some backgrounds using Kuretake watercolours and alcohol. The results are spectacular! 🙂 Thank you Nina!

So I grabbed my watercolour paper and started playing. After the paper dried I punched circles in different sizes to use them later on my spread.


Going back to my page now. I drew and then cut out a leaf like shape using a piece of cardstock so now I have a stencil and a mask to use. I placed my mask on the page where I wanted the leaf to be and sponged all around it white heavy gesso. repeated the step for the other leaf and then covered the rest of the background in the same manner. When this was dry I spread modeling paste through a stencil in a few different places.


After drying the modelling paste with my heat gun, I painted the stencil patters using again my watercolours.


I doodled with a white fine point Sharpie pen a wavy line on both leaves and then covered one half of each leaf with Finnabair clear crackle paste in a thick layer and left it dry naturally.

TIP: to ensure your crackle paste will never chip off the page after drying, add a layer of soft gel medium before adding your paste and you will always have great results. 🙂


When my crackle paste was completely dry, I enhanced the cracks by going over with a Prima Marketing water soluble oil pastel, rubbed it with my finger into the crackles and wiped off the excess using a baby wipe.


I glued down my painted circles using Finnabair 3D gel medium, doodled some vine like marks with an Elegant Writer pen and went over with a water brush. The ink reacts with the water creating lovely shades of teal/green/purple. Pure magic, I’m telling you! 🙂

As a final touch I rubbed a Prima oil pastel all around the perimeter of my page and added the words.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project and thank you so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out my Online Workshop. You can watch a video trailer HERE.

Have a wonderful evening,

Much love,

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  1. Another most gorgeous set of pages.

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  2. Sandra, I notice on many of your completed journal pages you have the round dot like things…just wondering what they are and how did you make them? They really ground the work….

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    • Many thanks for your comment Pat. If you are asking about the texture of the background, I create that by working the heavy gesso with a sponge, it’s a simple technique, but I agree with you that is very effective, xo

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  3. Wow!! This is absolutely stunning Sanda. Gorgeous, vibrant colours and fabulous textures too. Love, love, love this!!!

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  4. Amazing Texture Love it !!!! Thanks for playing at Mixed Media Place challenge ❤️

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  5. Gorgeous, I love all your texture you usedThe colours are so eye catching . A little treasure. Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge over at MMP.

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  6. So very fabulous and gorgeous dear Sanda!! Your pages amaze me every-time,as they are always filled with depth and interest and spectacular beauty!! Thank you so much for sharing-I am such a fan! xx

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  7. Thank you so very much Jackie, I’m so happy you like them!!! Much love, xoxo

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  8. Wow!! Your art-journal pages are just amazing! Thank you for playing along with us at Mixed Media Place.

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  9. Gorgeous textures and colors! Thank you for participating in the Mixed Media Place challenge!

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