He and she - Mixed Media Place

It seems that turn of the year makes me want to explore and play. It’s not that often I take out my art journal and do a page there but lately I’ve been using it more and more. For example, this spread started as a playground for watercolors, acrylics and inks and ended up looking like this in the end!

The project is done for Mixed Media Place and you can see the original post here (link) in Mixed Media Place's blog!

What I did first was to add watercolors to the spread that already had touches of acrylics on it. I used a big brush and covered most of the white pretty quickly. On top I then started to layer stamping and inks through a stencil. The whole spread was going too green for my taste so I grabbed the oil pastels and added some turquoise touches here and there to balance the things out. You see, the acrylic spots already in there were turquoise and green so I needed some more of the other color, too.

When I had the background done I started to think what to put on top. As I’m always fascinated of old photos the Ephemera pack was a great inspiration and I chose two photos and made a story with them. Before adding the layered papers to the spread I noticed that the color scheme of the background was way too bright for the vintage photos. But not to worry, tea to the rescue! I mixed tea, watercolor and Soft Matte Gel together into a glaze kind of thing and painted the whole background with it. While drying with the heat tool some lovely streaks appeared when the glaze started to pool. 

After getting “him and her” in place I added a couple of embellishments and wrote the story with a Sharpie. I deliberately used rounded handwriting and wrote the lines on top of each other that the words are not readable but form a design element.

The end result is not something I usually do, but boy it was fun to play! Do you ever just start a project without knowing what's it going to be in the end?

Thank you for stopping by today!

Materials from Mixed Media Place:

Prima - Watercolor Confections - The Classics 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger, 7 Dots Studio, Sharpie, The Crafter's Workshop, Talens


  1. Oih! Onpa kiva! Tykkään! Itsellä usein on alussa jokin suunnitelma, joka myös yhtä usein muuntuu 'Suunnitelma B:n' kautta joksikin muuksi :)

  2. Love the ,,water" colors...and the letters.

  3. Wonderful journal spread!

  4. Absolutely loving that background and all those great layers on top!

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  5. Beautiful Riikka! Love the white text.

  6. Riikka, I commented on MMP, but wanted to stop here as well and tell you how blown away I am by this spread. This is the most inspiration I have found in some while. I am thrilled by your use of white lettering, unreadable. So amazing, love your bundles, how random and yet tidy they are. Such a delight to see! TFS! <3


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