Friday, January 15, 2016

COFFEE OR TEA tutorial by Tanja

Hi there,

it's Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this art journal page step by step. I called it "Coffee or Tea" but I could have also called it "nothing worked out as it should have":

  • cut a panel from very sturdy watercolor paper (425 g/qm), cover it with gesso and punch two holes at the left side
  • create a background using gelatos (Earl Grey, Elderberry, Boysenberry) and a baby wipe

  • spritz the background with Prima Marketing Color Bloom (Soft Teal, Summer Sky, Cobalt)
  • cover the background with Dorlands's Wax Medium to avoid smudging of the water-based colors

  • mix Gelatos (Boysenberry) with transparent crackle paste, apply it through the ARTplorations Bubbles stencil and let dry
  • and now we come to the part where nothing worked out as planned
  • the crackle paste was not able to adhere to the wax medium and simply fell of ...
  •  ... but I ended up with a distressed circle background and decided to go from here

  • color the coffee cup with Alcohol Inks (Mushroom, Hazelnut, Silver) and watered-down VersaMagic (Purple Hydrangea, Cloud White)
  • ink up the edges with VersaMagic (Night Sky)
  • cut out "COFFEE" and "TEA" from double-sided foam adhesive and foil them with purple and blue foil
  • cut out the "or" and a tiny star from balsa wood and color the pieces with Memento Luxe (Rich Cocoa)
  • add some paint splatters with the same watered-down brown ink
I hope this project has inspired you to continue creating even though things don't always turn out the way you planned.

Thanks for stopping by today.



  1. Brilliant - it's great how you adapted your thought process and created a great journal page regardless.

  2. Loved seeing your tutorial Tanja. I am stuck on a painting that seems I have tried everything and it just looks terrible so... just what I needed - your inspiration here - keep on, keeping on!!! I'll have a glass of tea with ya!!!! j.

  3. What a great save - I'm all for changing directions to safe a work in progress - I think it may have something to do with the fact I hate waste :-)

  4. STUNNING mixed media project! I love to see the step by step how to make it, THANK YOU for sharing the tutorial!


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