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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

So 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.

If you want to learn more about how I get messy in my art journal, please head over to the Get Messy shop and sign up for my class Messy Pages. I’d love to cheer you on and help you make messy pages of your own.

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 : Get Messy Creative Team


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.

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  1. Laura Rahuba

    I thought I had no desire to paint with my fingers…until I saw this video!

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Painting with your fingers is soooooo fun. You’ve got to try it.

  2. Misty Granade

    Gorgeous! I love the layers of the same technique. It’s just fantastic.

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Thanks Misty xx

  3. Ella G

    This looks sooooooo good it almost makes me want to try finger painting… almost. 😉

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      You really need to try it. Just have plenty of baby wipes ready. Its soooooo fun and therapeutic.

  4. Jenny Sehlstedt

    Oh gosh, I love this! And now I covet the heavy body muted collection (I have the inks) and white ink…. Oh my.

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Oh they are gorgeous Jenny. I want the soft body collection now, and a few more of the heavy body.

  5. Divyam Bernstein

    This is just wonderful, Tanyalee! I can’t wait to try it out!!!

  6. heidi Lilley

    I have not done any art stuff in a few months, just been in a huge funk emotionally and art wise, but this has got me feeling like I should maybe think of sitting at my art desk and maybe do some playing with color and paper for a little bit today. I love the idea of playing with fingers, I don’t think I would use the brush to smooth it out, I love the finger marks it makes it look a bit more primitive, but that is just where I am at in my feelings i guess. I love the layering of the same colors and the added threads. This spread is beautiful thank you so much for sharing.

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