Tinted-Hand-PaintingI am on a quest to find simple layering techniques for my art journal class. Many detailed adult journals that I’ve admired have had as many as 5 or 6, but with my very young students, I’ve found that asking them to create just 2 layers is a good start.

1. Trace your hand in pencil, and wrote a title inside.
2. Use Crayola Watercolor Mixing Set to paint the entire page with just some simple free-form blotches of color.
3. Mix water with white acrylic paint to make it about the consistency of milk. Paint all around the hand, trying not to work the paper too much. The watercolor will start to mix with the white if you brush it too much. A little mixing is good, a lot might undo the transparent look.
4. When the paint is dry, use a Sharpie to trace the hand and words so they would show up really well.

NOTE: In response to a question about which journals I like to use, I’ve settled on this Canson Field Sketchbook in the 7″ x 10″ size. The spiral opening is important, and the hard cover stands up to a bit of abuse. If you buy in bulk, they are about $9 each.