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Mixed Media Art Journaling

drawing painting Nov 07, 2019

Hey Y’all, I’m Katie, here to take over The Pigeon Letters' blog today combining my love of both art journaling, and the autumn season! Today I’m using Tombow Dual Brush Pens to paint a watercolor double exposure effect, creating a lovely autumn leaf lady in my journal.

What I mean by double exposure: A double exposure is a photography term, it is the superimposition of two or more exposures to create a single image. I love creating paintings inspired by them, where I layer multiple subjects, such as autumn leaves inside of a woman silhouette.





Step 1: Trace your outline

To create your double exposure painting, the first step is to trace your outline. I printed out a simple black and white photo, layered it underneath my paper on a lightbox, and just traced over her. You don’t need too many details, just the darkest areas of your photo.


Step 2: Apply masking fluid

Apply masking fluid to the lightest areas of your sketch. If you’re drawing a girl like me, you’ll want to mask off her skin, but leave the shadows around her nose, lips, eyelashes, and her hair to paint.

 Masking fluid is really harmful to paint brushes, so it helps to have an applicator to apply it. I’m using a silicone tool.


Step 3: Apply a light wash of color

Make sure you’ve let the masking fluid dry completely. It shouldn’t take too long.

To add color, apply your marker ink onto the paper, then brush over it with a wet paintbrush or water brush.

You can water-soluble markers or watercolors, the markers I’m using here are Tombow Dual Brush Pens. 

Let this layer dry.


Step 4: Add more layers

One your first wash of color has dried, draw leaves on top. You can get a watercolor effect by brushing over your leaf illustrations carefully with a small paint brush.

Repeat until you’ve filled the area with leaves.

Let dry.


Step 5: Remove the masking tape

Once your watercolor leaves have dried, peel off the masking tape slowly to reveal your portrait. If it doesn’t come up easily, you can try rubbing at the edge of it with your finger or eraser. 

Step 6: Finish your art journal spread 

Now that you have a lovely autumn lady on your page, Complete your spread any way you like!  I painted the background with a wash of yellow and stenciled some hexagons on top using a stencil and modeling paste to add a bit more mixed media onto the page.  Lastly I finished it off by hand lettering on a quote about Fall.


I love painting surreal portraits like this!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Please tag us on Instagram, @studio.katie and @thepigeonletters  if you try this technique for yourself. I would love to see your work!

I’m Katie. An Artist and Blogger, and lover of all things creative. 

My art focuses mainly on nature. I live in the beautiful pacific-northwest of the United States and that definitely influences my work. I also find inspiration in traveling, space, art supplies, and everyday things like quiet moments, connecting with other artists, and listening to music.  I design stickers, create custom paintings and illustrations, sell prints of my artwork, and teach online art classes to help others learn new creative techniques.

Website: http://studiokatie.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studio.katie/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studiokatie


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