How to combine contrasting media

Hi again messians!

In this post, I will share with you quick tutorials on contrasting mediums. These are the tools and products you wouldn’t necessarily think about mixing together / the ones that resist each other. I have 4 pairs of contrasting mediums to share with you today have made a video tutorial for each pair. In the videos, you can see step by step how I use the two techniques together and then I am also sharing those finished pages.

Oil Pastel + Ink

A classic pairing! I love how resistant the oil pastel is and how you can play with colours.

Collage + Watercolour

Mixing these two elements gives you such beautiful blending and interesting transparencies.

Acrylics + Felt Tips

My favorite technique in this post! Perfect if you love colour and playing around with matte finishes.



Acrylics + Washi Tape

A messy method resulting in quick layers and depth to your page.

Action Steps


Try at least one of these contrasting medium techniques in your journal this week!


Julia is a British designer and creative enthusiast. She loves to express herself through shape, colour and pattern – living by the ethos of more is more!


  1. Deborah Hosaflook

    Wonderful techniques Jules. Can’t wait to try them out in my journal and the church bells were quite a lovely touch at the end of the last video. They sound beautiful. 🙂

    • julia Thomas

      Aw, thank you Deborah! <3

  2. Meghan Deinhard

    Wow, I don’t know which one to try first! Dang… love that last one… it’s perfect for impatient me!

    • julia Thomas

      It’s my favorite too! 😀 😀

  3. Sasha Zinevych

    4 videos from Jules?! Yes, please! Any day of the week! 🙂 These are fantastic tips! I actually love using watercolor with collage, I love how glossy paper resists the color, but it still sticks to some parts of the image!

    • julia Thomas

      Exactly!! Thank you!! 🙂

  4. Elizabeth D.

    Oh, how I love these recommendations, Jules! So much inspiration in this one post — I especially love how your acrylics + felt tips page came out. So sunny and vibrant. <3

    • julia Thomas

      Thank you! It was totally the best one! 😉

  5. Ashley Rodgers

    Wow! Love these techniques, Jules! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Heidi Lilley

    Julia, I am curious, I really like the first technique. What type of ink do you use? would the Liquitex acrylic inks work?

    • Julia Cusworth

      Hi Heidi, I use Winsor and Newton and although I haven’t tried Liquitex personally, I have seen other people use it in a similar way so I’d say go for it! And let me know how it turns out! <3