Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: “Be One In A Minion”

minionI just created a Facebook Group so there is a place to share what you create and can develop “creationships” with others on this creative journey. The group is called CreativeKady: All Things Mixed Media. Hope to see you there. 

Techniques Used :

  • working with  triad colors
  • stenciling
  • using bubble wrap to add texture
  • selecting colors to go with focal point
  • edging the page
  • adding shadow with charcoal pencil
  • adding detail to letters
  • using free clipart

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint –  3 colors that come from focal point or picture,  plus gold, black, white
  • makeup sponges
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • stencil- any size, but small works
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • wall compound/ modelling paste/texture paste
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.



  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer .
  2. Spread gesso on palette and dip bubble wrap in it and stamp onto page in various places.  You want this to add texture so apply thickly. Dry
  3. Use thinned acrylic paint to paint the clip art you selected. Keep color selection down to three. I chose the primary colors: red, blue and yellow as blue and yellow were in the minion.
  4. Look at the color wheel. Colors that are placed equa-distantly apart are called triad colors. They  will go together nicely.

Triad Colors are equa-distant apart and go well together. Primary colors are an example of this: red, yellow, blue

5. Paint background one color and dry.  I chose red to complete the triad colors. Your selection might be analogous or complementary. See last two Back to Basics articles for explanation of those color schemes.

6.  Get three different sized bottle caps or lids. Choose the two main colors from your focal point. Dip one cap in the first color paint ( blue) and stamp on page. I like to stamp half or quarter circles so it looks like the circles are going off the page.

7.  Choose another size lid and stamp with second main color ( yellow) from focal point. Choose third size ( I did it in black) and stamp on page.

8.  Get a stencil and dip sponge in gesso and stamp through stencil. You can use white paint as well. I used the bottom of a plastic paper plate holder that was purchased at the dollar store, but any stencil will work. I chose white as I wanted to keep to the three primary colors. Sometimes less is more effective.

9.  I left a space without any stenciling to glue down the focal point. I wanted the background for it to be less busy. Glue down focal point with Mod Podge or gel medium.

10.  Dip make up sponge in a little bit of black acrylic paint. Dab off on palette. Rub around edge of page. Rub on edge of words to get rid of  the white. It’s okay if you get some on the front of the letters.

11.   Arrange the words and then use Mod Podge matte to glue it down. Put Mod Podge on back of what you want to glue down and then the top. Make sure the corners are adhered.


12.  Outline the words and picture with your charcoal pencil. You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water. You can outline near the edge of the page as well and smudge. This frames your page.

13. To add a little more interest I took my dollar store gold gell pen and did a dash throughout all the letters.

12. I didn’t add splatters, but you might wish to.  Put a small amount of black acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

13.  Apply layer of mod podge over all the page to ensure that it all has same finish ( no shiny parts). WARNING- if your gell pen is NOT permanent it will smudge so you should ignore this step.

14. Join the Facebook Group   All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady and post your picture and start making some “creationships”.

Click this link to watch the accompanying video.

NOTE: If at any time you get paint where you don’t want it, because your bottom layer is acrylic you can use a baby wipe and clean it up if you do so before it’s dry. Acrylic paint is permanent when dry. Many of the sprays, watercolors, gelatos etc are not permanent and will re-activate if you wet them. Using acrylics makes things much easier.


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