Art journal tutorial: Whimsical mixed media portrait

Join me in my art studio as I show you how to create a beautiful, whimsical portrait in your art journal – perfect for beginners and more experienced artists too!

Art journal tutorial for beginners whimsical mixed media portrait

There are days when you long for some gentleness. For softness and sweetness. For innocence and a certain je ne sais quoi.

On one such day, I pulled out my one-page shopping bag art journal, and decided to paint a sweet little flower girl. 

Some of the collage paper on the page inspired the idea for the flowers in her hair, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t create something like this in any art journal.

Art journal tutorial for beginners: video walkthrough

Join me in my studio as I show you how I brought this art journal page to life, and explain the process in a bit more detail.

Whimsical mixed media portrait: Supply list

Charcoal pencil

White gesso

Masking tape

Derwent inktense pencils (bark, poppy red, deep indigo)

Acrylic paints in your favorite colors. I used Pebeo Azo Pink, Pebeo Napthol Carmine, Camel Aqua Green, Camel Manganese Blue

Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Ink – flame red

Uniposca paint pens (gold and white)

Sakura gelly roll pen – white

I hope this little video inspires you to pull out your art journal and create!

If you do paint something inspired by this art journaling tutorial, I’d love to see! Please tag me on Instagram at and use the hashtag #artjournalwithmg so I can find you!

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Art journal tutorial for beginners! Join me in my studio as I show you how to create this easy  whimsical mixed media portrait using simple + limited supplies.

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