Mixed media collage tutorial: Whispers from the past

Join me at the art table as I show you how to create a mixed media collage in your art journal.

Mixed media collage tutorial

It can be difficult to figure out how to begin an art journal page, but if you think about it layer by layer, it gets easier – and more fun! It is the same with collage – the key is to take it one step at a time.

I start this page by playing with marks and color. Beginning in this way, allowing for the intuitive exploration of colors and marks, makes for a much more expressive and interesting piece of art.

After adding in some collage elements, I show you how to use some mixed media techniques to integrate those collage elements onto the page.

Mixed media collage tutorial: Video demonstration

Mixed media collage supplies list

You can find my recommendations for a basic art journaling kit here.

These are the supplies that I used to create this page


Decorative napkins and other collage papers

Glue stick

Acrylic paints in your favorite colors

Color pencils

Pastel pencils

Charcoal pencils

Acrylic inks in your favorite colors

Stamps and an ink pad (stamps I used: handwritten letter, postage stamp marks, pocket watch)

Spray bottle


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love to see how this lesson inspired your art. Share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #artjournalwithMG​ and tag me @moderngypsy.in so I can love on you!

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  1. This came out really awesome, I think I will give it a go this weekend and tag you in it – hold thumbs! Thank you for the free lesson!

  2. This was delightful, Shinjini. Thank you so much! I love it and I’m totally with you, when it doubt splatter! Lol. I’ll be returning to this and following along with you. Interesting to see you work on it how much smaller it is than i thought at 1st. <3

  3. I’d love to try this out, Shinjini. Honestly, I haven’t created a collage in years now but I’ve been tempted more than once. You’ve nudged me to give it a shot. Will definitely create one and share with you soon. :))

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