The A – Z of Artful Journaling: M is for Metallics

It was a beautiful winter’s day today; the sun streaming into my conservatory was a lovely warm, gold. Inspired by this, I chose to go with metallics for my journal spread. Metallic paints, pens and flakes are a great way to add an air of lightness and joy to your journal pages. Here’s how I made it:

I used:

First, I wet my paintbrush and picked up a the red metallic paint (No. 56 Flare) and painted around the edge to create a messy frame. As I wanted the colours to stay roughly where I put them, I didn’t wet the paper first. Secondly, I used one of the gold metallic paints (No. 53 Glaze) to fill in the empty space, then finally, I plopped in a few spots of the copper metallic paint (No. 55 Coppered). After that, I dried the pages with a heat tool. For a closer look, you can click on all the images in this post.





Once the paint was dry, I used my thick Posca paint pen, to roughly draw a few lines from the top to the bottom of the outside edge of the left hand page. Then I used the pin-type Posca pen to splatter white spots on the page – I did this by giving it a good old shake. After that, I dried everything again.





To create some larger circles, I smeared a small amount of white gesso onto the pages with my fingers. I did this in two layers, drying the first with my heat tool before adding the second. This allowed me to lay down paint more evenly – I plan to write over these circles, so I didn’t want any lumpy bits! I scribbled around the large white circles with three gel pens containing sparkly ink. This added a nice bit of shape and depth to the circles.





To finish, I used my glue pen to spread a little glue on the top and bottom of the pages and then applied some gilding flakes and swept away the excess with a dry brush. These look amazing in the sunlight! (More on these in a future post – they deserve a post of their own.) I also drew a few squiggly black lines down the left hand page to give the whole spread a bit more depth.

Here are some close-ups. Click on the images for a closer look.





What about you? How do you use metallics in your journaling?

Thanks for reading! See you again soon. xxx

Artful Journaling Blog Post Master List

Share Button

Liked this post? Follow this blog to get more.