Scribble Play: Creating a mixed media mosaic scribble

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tiffany here with a fun tutorial that will have you playing with all sorts of materials you have in your stash that you probably don’t normally reach for. I know we all have those tools or mediums that we bought to try out, but never really got to use them. Well, now is the time to dust those off and play! Also, try to reach for materials that you’ve had your eye on incorporating into your journals, but haven’t gotten around to using either. Maybe pull out a few unconventional materials as well to play around with. For this tutorial, I really want you to play around with all sorts of fun bits.

So essentially, we will be making and decorating a large scribble. Remember that time way back when all you knew was how to create the most epic scribbles? Well, we’re going back there with a fun giant scribble, which we’ll be decorating with all sorts of different materials to create a mosaic of sorts. There’s really no rhyme or reason to this tutorial; just pure play.

Scribble Play: Creating a mixed media mosaic scribble


  • Your journal
  • A pencil
  • An assortment of materials that you have in your art stash
    • Try using things that you don’t normally use or haven’t used in some time
    • Try to play around with materials of different textures
    • Feel free to throw in a few of your favorite though too

To get an idea: I will be using acrylic paints in colors I don’t normally use, fabric ribbon, sequins, napkin decoupage, modeling paste (texture paste), and my favorites, old book pages, doilies, and white acrylic ink.

I really wanted my scribble to have a lot of texture and dimension, so I went with more textural materials. I don’t often use sequins in my journals, but I loved the texture they create next to the fabric ribbon, modeling paste, and napkin decoupage I used. The doily and old book page also add a lot of texture and dimension to my scribble mosaic, especially when next to the flatness of the acrylic paint areas. So definitely take texture into consideration when picking out the materials you want to use to fill up your scribble.

Scribble Play: Creating a mixed media mosaic scribble


So to begin, open your journal up to a blank spread. I’m using my altered book art journal I made out of an old copy of The Secret Garden for this spread. I replaced some of the pages with watercolor and drawing paper, so I opened up to a completely blank spread. But feel free to create your scribble on any type of paper you have in your journals.

The first and most simple step is to draw a large scribble. I just let my pencil do all the work and made a big scribble on my two-page spread. Make sure to create a scribble that has a lot of sections that you can fill in, because that’s what we’ll be doing next. Once you have your scribble, we will fill in all of the individual sections that were created when the lines overlapped, with all sorts of materials and mediums we pulled out. This will turn your scribble into a fun mixed media mosaic.

In the video below, I show you my entire process, so you’ll get a better picture of what I mean.


Scribble Play: Creating a mixed media mosaic scribble

Action Steps

Create your own giant mosaic scribble and have fun playing around with all of those tools and materials you never got around or don’t often play with! Have fun with this one because there truly is no right or wrong way to make and fill in a scribble.


Tiffany is an artist of many trades living in New York City with an absolute passion for documenting her everyday life. A traveller to the core, she loves documenting her various journeys around the world in thick handmade travel journals bursting with photos, memories, and travel ephemera.


  1. Sharona Lewis

    This is really great inspiration. I love the page. Thanks for the tutorial!!!!

  2. Rebecca Johnstone

    I just started reading this having decided on my altered book journal for the Season of Story and can’t believe the synchronicity – I chose an old copy of The Secret Garden that I found in a charity shop last week! Love this spread and now off to do my own 😀