Hot Mess to Pretty Background In 5 Minutes - Mixed Media Art Journal Background Tutorial

I turned the page on my art journal today and was like "WOAH, what am I going to do with this hot mess?" Wednesdays are generally really busy days of homeschooling and church activities and I knew I didn't have a lot of time to create anything... but I HAD to do something about that background!

Hot Mess To Pretty Mixed Media Art Journal Background In Less Than 5 Minutes

It was really super easy and took less than five minutes to do and I LOVE it so much, I'm not sure I want to do anything else LOL! I do have some ideas and think I'll do a little Pinterest browsing for some quotes!



So, here's what I had to start with, EEK! This is all the leftover paint from other projects. When I'm done with a project, I'll smear the remaining paint off from the palette paper. This way I don't waste any paint. I also tested some homemade spray paints on this particular page.

Hot Mess To Pretty Mixed Media Art Journal Background In Less Than 5 Minutes


  • 1) I took some gesso and a palette knife and covered it all up with a light coat making sure to leave some thicker areas and texture in areas. Already it's much better toning it all down with the gesso, but still being able to see some color.


Hot Mess To Pretty Mixed Media Art Journal Background In Less Than 5 Minutes


  • 2) Mix some cobalt teal with some glazing fluid a 1:1 ratio, and brush it over the top.



  • 3) After 2 minutes take a baby wipe and start wiping away the glaze. I like to keep the edges darker so I wiped lighter in those areas and harder in the center areas.


Hot Mess To Pretty Mixed Media Art Journal Background In Less Than 5 Minutes

Some areas I was wiping so hard that I ended up scraping some of the gesso away and the pink was peaking through. I LOVE it! I liked it so much that I kept going with some other areas scraping away the top. That was a happy mistake!

Hot Mess To Pretty Mixed Media Art Journal Background In Less Than 5 Minutes

Now to figure out what I want to do with it!!! I've been really wanting to do some portrait faces but am so intimidated. Maybe this will be a good place to start!

Hot Mess To Pretty Mixed Media Art Journal Background In Less Than 5 Minutes

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