Journal Page: Intuitive Mixed Media

When I decided to paint this journal spread, all I had envisioned were three faces. I didn’t know which mixed media products I would use or even which colors! I started out with three circles, created using packaging tape as a guide, and just built a scene from there.

There was no plan, no choice of colors laid out…more a grab what’s within reach and see what happens. I love being able to paint like this for myself…there’s no agenda, no motive, no end goal. When I open my journal spread, the empty pages seem full of possibility. The first stroke is usually the hardest but once I have a line, or a scribble, or a color splashed on, intuition takes over.

Have you ever painted in your journal just for the sake of the process? How did it make you feel? Scared? Anxious? Free? I’m always curious where the journey will take me and I am rarely displeased with the results. As I add more textures, more layers, more colors and more of “my self” expressively on to the page it metamorphoses into exactly what it was supposed to be.

I hope you’ll enjoy this video and be inspired to create something for the pure joy of creating…something that makes you happy inside.


Curious about the products I use? I have listed them below.

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Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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