Resourceful Art Journaling

by Helen Gullett

Use everyday objects to create a layered art journal page.


  • Mixed Media art journal (Canson brand used here)
  • Matte gel medium (Daler Rowney brand used here)
  • White gesso (Dina Wakley Gesso by Ranger used here)
  • Texture paste (The Crafter's Workshop brand used here)
  • Color misters (Heidi Swapp brand used here)
  • White paint (white acrylic paint + water mixture used here)
  • Gold transfer foil sheet (DecoFoil brand used here)
  • Household objects to add texture (toilet paper roll, bubble wrap, coffee cup sleeve, tissue paper, dried inky baby wipes, plastic knife)
  • Scissors
  • Heat tool
  • Baby wipes
  • Bone folder
  • Watercolor crayons (Stabilo Woody brand used here)
  • Waterbrush (ADORNit brand used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Graciellie Design digital sentiment, brayer used here)


  1. Step 1

    Add a layer of gel medium or mod podge to a mixed media journal page, card panel or canvas.

  2. Step 2

    Add some tissue paper while the gel medium is still wet. Wrinkle the paper a little bit for added texture.

  3. Use scissors to trim the excess paper from the edges.

  4. Step 3

    Spread another layer of gel medium on top of the tissue paper, and dry to a light tack.

  5. Step 4

    Add some transfer foil to the paper randomly, using your fingers or a bone folder.

  6. Step 5

    Add a light layer of white gesso to the page, spreading with your fingers or a brush.

  7. Use a baby wipe to lift some of the gesso and allow the foil to show through.

  8. Step 6

    Add texture paste to the page.

  9. Step 7

    Add texture to the wet paste randomly, using found objects. A coffee sleeve, plastic knife and toilet paper roll were used in the sample.

  10. Step 8

    Use mists to add color to the page. Heat set to dry.

  11. Step 9

    Add a border to the page using a water soluble crayon.

  12. Blend with a wet brush, wipe, or your finger.

  13. Step 10

    Add some diluted acrylic paint splatters to the page.

  14. Step 11

    Embellish the page as desired. Here, dried inky baby wipes were die cut and layered.

  15. Step 12

    Give the embellishments a border with water soluble crayon to make them pop.

  16. Blend with a wet brush, wipe, or your finger.

  17. Step 13

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Resourceful Art Journaling. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Very clever first time I see anything used with used baby wipes. I will have to give that one a try. Thanks for sharing
Rommy  |  Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 6:37 AM
Awesome ideas!! TFS Will save to my Pinterest board
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 6:39 AM
Resourcefulness rocks! This is a great tutorial with the reuse of so many items normally tossed. Using the baby wipes as an embellishment is genius! Now I won't throw them away. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas!
Nicole  |  Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 7:14 AM
Looks like half of your pages in your pad were removed before that the first step?
djo  |  Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 7:53 AM
This looks like so much fun! Great to get messy sometimes, right? Thanks!
Vicky W  |  Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 12:39 PM
Great tutorial, you made it look so easy. Will definitely give this a go. xo
Karen  |  Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 5:24 PM
Thank you, Helen, for a wonderful tutorial. I really LOVED watching the video and was thrilled to see you use all sorts of supplies (and things we might toss) to make something so beautiful. It's a lot like our lives and what God does with them, isn't it? Loved seeing you use the gold foil. Always wondered whether I could use that. Thanks again, and sending hugs and love! xoxo
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Fri Feb 8, 2019 at 9:15 AM
Thank you so much for sharing these ideas! It’s great to get some extra use out of things otherwise thrown away 🙂
Ann  |  Wed Jul 17, 2019 at 5:02 AM

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