How to Use Layers in Your Art Journal

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How to Use Layers in Your Art Journal
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I started by gathering some favorite collaging papers from my stash.  I picked a combination where the colors worked well together.

I started by gathering some favorite collaging papers from my stash. I picked a combination where the colors worked well together.

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I chose a page from my art journal that I had been using as a scratch paper.  I check my pens, wipe off excess paints, etc. onto this page.

I chose a page from my art journal that I had been using as a scratch paper. I check my pens, wipe off excess paints, etc. onto this page.

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Next, I tore up pieces from my collage stash and started willy-nilly applying them onto my art journal.  I used Matte Medium to adhere the collage papers.

Next, I tore up pieces from my collage stash and started willy-nilly applying them onto my art journal. I used Matte Medium to adhere the collage papers.

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This is the result of collaging my papers down to my page.

This is the result of collaging my papers down to my page.

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Then, I sketched a girl out onto my page with a permanent black pen.  There are pros and cons for using a permanent pen.  Pro-it won't bleed when you put any wet media on it.  Con....

Then, I sketched a girl out onto my page with a permanent black pen. There are pros and cons for using a permanent pen. Pro-it won't bleed when you put any wet media on it. Con....

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Con...once you put it on your paper, it's permanent...mistakes and all.  After the sketch was finished I painted to background with Gesso.  I used a bamboo paint brush and dipped in into Colorations.

Con...once you put it on your paper, it's permanent...mistakes and all. After the sketch was finished I painted to background with Gesso. I used a bamboo paint brush and dipped in into Colorations.

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Then, I sprinkled the Colorations by tapping above my page.

Then, I sprinkled the Colorations by tapping above my page.

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I used Cayman Keys Sorbet and Tink Sorbet to paint in the hair.  So, pretty!

I used Cayman Keys Sorbet and Tink Sorbet to paint in the hair. So, pretty!

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This is the first time I tried this.  I used nail polish remover to remove unwanted sketch lines I made with the black permanent pen.  It worked pretty good!

This is the first time I tried this. I used nail polish remover to remove unwanted sketch lines I made with the black permanent pen. It worked pretty good!

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I mixed some Siesta Key Colorations and Barbie Colorations with some neutral colored paints to paint the face.

I mixed some Siesta Key Colorations and Barbie Colorations with some neutral colored paints to paint the face.

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I used a Stabilo Pencil to draw in hair strands to show off her wavy hair.

I used a Stabilo Pencil to draw in hair strands to show off her wavy hair.

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Here's a close-up of the completed face.  I used a White Signo Pen to draw in highlights.

Here's a close-up of the completed face. I used a White Signo Pen to draw in highlights.

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Finally, I used a brush tip pen to write in the title of my page.

Finally, I used a brush tip pen to write in the title of my page.

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I doodled around some important images that showed up my the hair.

I doodled around some important images that showed up my the hair.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Snap Guide Tutorial!  Until next time...

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Snap Guide Tutorial! Until next time...

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