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How to blend acrylics on the page

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Hello everyone, Im Tanyalee, teacher of the newest Get Messy ecourse Messy Pages. Thank you for joining me for this guest post for the Get Messy Season of Contrast. It is so great to be back on the Get Messy blog. I am going to share with you a little snippet of my art journaling process, which I share in great detail about in my new course Messy Pages. Today, we are going to make a page using acrylic blending, but we are going to take it a step further and create a page with depth, dimension and contrast.

Here’s what you will need:

  • two contrasting acrylic paint colours
  • your journal
  • a sheet of paper
  • your fingers and/or a paint brush
  • thread for embellishing
  • acrylic ink
  • a pen
  • baby wipes

Let’s get started.

So there you have it. A somewhat minimalist spread that packs some punch by layering up the blended sheet of paper on top of the blended background. I like the contrast of the dark to light, and the shadow created by the torn paper layered over the top.

What is included in Messy Pages

  • 9 Jam packed lessons on mixed media, tools and techniques
  • 20 Video tutorials + accompanying photos
  • Over 41 page ideas and challenges
  • 33+ Action steps and challenges to get you making
  • 12 Ideas to use your handwriting and different ways to incorporate words into your pages
  • Bonus section with 10 step by step formulas for quick and fun pages
  • Extra Bonus! A fun printable that will help you create infinite numbers of pages using the techniques and ideas you from the course!
  • Detailed supply list + links to build the ultimate art journal toolkit
  • Beautiful, downloadable, printable PDF of the entire class (with additional Blurb Book printing capability)
  • Community support and access to course teacher through the hashtag #messypages



Tanyalee Kahler

Tanyalee is a mum to three grown-up kids, a wife to her childhood sweetheart, a full-time graphic designer and a part-time crafter/art journaler. She loves growing veggies to feed her family, she loves raising her fur babies (cats, rabbits and guinea pigs) and she loves spending her spare time just pottering around her house. Tanyalee LOVES being at home more than anything else - as long as her family is nearby.