Art journaling techniques: Easily work on two art journal pages at once

Art journaling techniques how to work on two art journal pages at once

While going through my YouTube video library, I realized I have a few art journaling technique videos that I had uploaded some time back but forgot to share – silly me! One of them was this cool experiment I did sometime last year, I think. I created two art journal pages at the same time, using the same color palette, supplies, and techniques, and ended up with two very different finished art journal pages.

I broke the video down into two, so you aren’t sitting here for ages watching me paint in my art journal! Bookmark this page so you can watch a video, take a break, and come back and watch the next. Or binge watch them one after the other!

Oh, and don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the full supply list.

It was really interesting to see how two art journal pages that started out in the same manner ended up looking so different from one another!

Art journaling techniques: Work on two art journal pages at once

Here’s the first part of the video, where I start working on two art journal pages at the same time, flinging paint, making marks, and getting the first few layers down. I also finish working on one of the two art journal pages that I created.

And here’s part 2 of the video, where I finish the second art journal page. I also show you both pages side-by-side at the end, so you can see how they ended up looking so different, even though they started the same way!

Why work on two art journal pages at once

This art journaling technique is a great one for those of you who like to paint in short bursts of time. Working on two art journal pages at the same time helps you to understand composition, color values, and how to variate your lines, strokes, and mark making to end up with completely different paintings – in terms of look and also the overall feeling of the painting.

This is also an excellent technique for those times when you don’t quite feel inspired or don’t know what to paint. Just pick up a few of your few favorite tubes of paint, some color pencils, pens, stamps and stencils, and make some backgrounds.

When you come back to the pages later, you will have a few different starting off points. It’s always a bit easier to create when you don’t have a blank white page staring back at you – especially when you are first starting your art journaling journey!

And by using the same colors and supplies and working on two art journal pages at once, you also learn a lot more about how they interact and the many different ways in which you can layer them to get multiple different effects.

Supply list for this art journal project

I hope you enjoyed this art journaling technique. It’s a great way to start working on two art journal pages at the same time, using the same color palette, and come up with two very different looking pages!

Questions? Drop them in the comments! And if you try this out, do let me know how it goes! Tag me on Instagram {} or use the hashtag #artjournalwithMG

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  1. It was the most cathartic feeling to watch you work. I couldn’t take my eyes off. How both art works ended up on a totally different journey was super compelling to watch. Kudos.

  2. I envy those who can paint. I was my art teacher’s worst nightmare. These videos are so helpful. will share them with my artist friends.

  3. It was a soothing meditative experience to watch you paint Jini. Of the two, I fell in love with the first creation.
    Though I can not paint, I could relate to the idea as many a times it so happens that with the same seed of thought, I end up with two very distinctive stories with their undertones drawing from the same root!

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