"Dance to the Music" Art Journal Page

"Dance to the Music" Art Journal Page

Posted by DecoArt on May 18th 2015

Mix media as you mix music and dance in a pair of colorfully vibrant art journal pages.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • tracing paper
    • scissors
    • 3/4" flat brush
    • 1/2" flat brush
    • #5 round brush
    • baby wipes
    • black permanent marker
    • #1 liner brush
    • cosmetic sponges
    • journal book with watercolor pages
    • Mish Mesh stamp
    • Fall Tendril stamp
    • Vintage Upper Case stamp
    • Typewriter Alphabet stencil
    • images from an old magazine



    Let dry between steps.

    To stencil, load paint onto a cosmetic sponge; pounce off excess on the palette; and then lightly pounce through the stencil openings.

    To blend colors, apply paint with a brush and then, before completely dry, rub lightly in a circular motion with a baby wipe where the two colors meet.

    To glaze sheer color, load paint onto a folded baby wipe and apply by rubbing lightly in a circular motion.

    1. Apply White Gesso to both pages.
    2. Paint Hansa Yellow Medium diagonally across pages.
    3. Add Diarylide Yellow on both sides and finish with Cadmium Orange Hue in corners and along edges.
    4. Blend together with a baby wipe while still wet, creating a light center with darker edges.
    5. Stencil various images with Cadmium Orange Hue or Quinacridone Gold randomly on pages, keeping darker colors on the outer edges. (Hint: Load paint onto a cosmetic sponge, tap excess off onto palette and then pounce up and down through the stencil openings.)
    6. Instruction #5
    7. Print off the sheet music collage pattern.
    8. Print off the patterns and cut out a large heart, two small hearts, and the skirt and trouser bases. (Hint: You will have the best success using a laser copy done on 32 lb. non-glossy laser paper. Most copy centers offer this.)
    9. Paint Diarylide Yellow in the center of the heart. Allow to dry.
    10. Paint over the entire heart with Cadmium Red Hue, lightening the color in the center with a baby wipe.
    11. Glaze Quinacridone Burnt Orange around the edges of heart.
    12. Instruction #10
    13. Assemble the figures by gluing the skirt or trouser base over the tip of a small heart.
    14. Using found images from old magazines, glue on legs, arms and heads. (Hint: Gluing on a set of eyes from a head that is larger than your chosen image will create an interesting figure.)
    15. Instruction #12
    16. Paint the girl’s top Cadmium Orange Hue and her skirt Cadmium Red Hue. Allow to dry.
    17. Paint a belt with White Gesso and let dry. When dry, apply a coat of Primary Cyan.
    18. Paint the boy’s top Cadmium Red Hue and his pants Primary Cyan. (Hint: Applying a light coat of paint will allow the natural transparency of the paint to show the music through the color.)
    19. Instruction #15
    20. Adhere the heart and figures to the pages by applying a coat of Matte Medium to both the page and the back of the image.
    21. Place the image on the page in the position you like and apply another coat of Matte Medium over the image. (Hint: Brushing from the center toward the outer edges of the images will help eliminate air bubbles and wrinkles.)
    22. Instruction #17
    23. Use Cadmium Red Hue to stamp a variety of images throughout the design to fill empty spaces and to create interest and movement.
    24. You can also use the circle template that comes with the Mish Mash stamp set. (Hint: You will have the best success using the method demonstrated [[here| https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tElUkr0M3Z8]].)
    25. Instruction #19
    26. Draw motion lines around the figures with the permanent marker. Using Carbon Black, stamp the words “DANCE to the music in your heart” onto tracing paper. Print the music notes onto tracing paper.
    27. Tear apart the words and images and place them in an arrangement you like on the pages. (Hint: Taping tracing paper to a sheet of regular copy paper will work in most printers. Check online for the best method to use with your printer. I like this method because it allows me to play with arrangements before I adhere it to the page. Once adhered with Matte Medium, the tracing paper will seem to fade into the background.)
    28. Instruction #21
    29. Working one word or note at a time, apply a coat of Matte Medium where you want the image on the page. Place the image down and apply another coat of Matte Medium over the image, brushing from the center out.
    30. Glaze Quinacridrone Burnt Orange along the outer edges of the pages.
    31. Accent the design to your liking with any color in the palette using the baby wipe technique.
    32. Instruction #24
    33. Apply a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish on both pages. (Hint: Finishing with Ultra-Matte Varnish will prevent pages from sticking together.)


    Hearts Pattern
    Sheet Music Pattern