VIDEO: How To Start A Page From The Focal Image

A colorful art journal page with a central hare image made by Kim Dellow

Today I thought we could have a play with the whole art journal or mixed media project making process and turn it on it’s head! Reverse it! Make the page backwards! Ok, so what I really mean is let’s just start with the focal image and see how we can make the art from there. What steps will we need to do and how can we build the piece with an image in mind but not the final project in mind?

Intrigued? Then watch the video below, try it yourself and share the results with me over on social media. I’m @kimdellow on Instagram!

Oh and by the way, the Hare stamp is a DIY craft foam stamp and you can make one yourself. I have a template for you to download and an in-depth ‘how-to make’ video when you join either the Art Explorers or Process Addicts tier on Patreon.

(Not sure what Patreon is then watch this short video explainer!)


VIDEO: How To Start A Page From The Focal Image





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Kim Dellow’s DIY Hare Template (and how to video) to make your own stamp is over on Patreon for Art Explorers and above

Faber-Castell Mixed Media paper 250gsm
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US alternatives: Daler-Rowney 
or Strathmore Mixed Media 
CAN Alternative: Strathmore and Canson 

Ranger Archival Ink (Watering can)
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…Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide) 

Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Paint (I’m using the leather case limited edition set but I have linked to Schmincke Horadam paints)
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(The set I used is )

Jackson’s Art Raven mop brush size 0 and 10/0
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(But check Jackson’s first as could work out cheaper for you and they do free worldwide shipping on brush only orders over £20) 

Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons
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Daler-Rowney System 3 Paint (Titanium White)
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Daler-Rowney System 3 Brush (size 4 or 6 round brush)
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water spritzer

You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.


Close up of a gray hare image on a colorful background from art done by Kim Dellow


If you enjoyed that video then there are two free art classes that you will want to take today! First is my paper doodles project that is a great way to free yourself up with your art. 

And then I have a fun step by step mixed media project that takes you through all the layers from start to finish to build an art journal page or a mixed media project. 


Have fun making art today!


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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Caroline

    Great video thank you Kim for the inspiration
    Hare we go!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you Caroline, I am glad you enjoyed it and I love the title suggestion!

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