Mixed Media Beach Travel Journal

Mixed Media Beach Travel Journal

Craft Materials

Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:

Create a simple and easy Beach inspired Travel Journal for your next beach trip!  This is a perfect idea to write down special memories while on your trips to the beach throughout the years. Today I’m sharing a really fun one I made using the DecoArt Mixed Media Paints.

This is my first time using the Mixed Media Paints and I was really excited.  While doing some research I found so many different ways you can use them, but I was really drawn to using them as watercolors.  I LOVE the look of watercolors and I knew that would be a great option to create my perfect travel journal.

Let’s get started!!

Disclosure:  I am a member of the core blogger program with DecoArt.  I received compensation and product for this post.  All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.

For this craft you’re going to need:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Hansa Yellow Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic – Cadmium Orange Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic – Blue Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Misters – Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Misters – Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Misters – Yellow Green
  • DecoArt Media Misters – Shimmer White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products – Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media – Liques Glass
  • Journal
  • Palette Knife
  • Reusable Stick-On Stencils – Sea Life


I found the perfect pocket size journal.  I was thinking a smaller size journal would be a lot easier to slip into my suitcase or beach bag then a larger size.

Mixed Media Beach Travel Journal Step 1

Step 1 – Paint Journal

Since the journal was pink when I purchased it, I decided to paint it white.   I just used some white acrylic paint and painted on a total of three coats. Let each coat dry 10 minutes.

Mixed Media Beach Travel Journal Step 1

Step 2 – Add Your Mixed Media Paints

Now it’s time to paint!! Yay!!

I added my favorite colors to my palate.  Since I wanted the watercolor effect, I added some water to each color diluting it.  It creates the perfect watercolors.   Then I started painting on my water first.  I wanted it to have the feeling on water and a sunset. I’m not the best painter, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.





Step 3 – Stencil Time

I wanted to add an extra detail with a seahorse.  I used the Texture Sand Paste and a stencil. Line the stencil on top of the cover and apply the sand paste with a spade spatula.

Once I added the sand paste I pulled the stencil up immediately.  Let dry for about an hour.





Step 3 – Liquid Glass

I really wanted to add a little texture to the waves and sun so I used the liquid glass. I added waves and spread it with my fingers.  Unfortunately it doesn’t really show up in the picture but it does in person and looks pretty.



Finishing Touches

I did a tester journal and used the misters on it.  I think they really add another fun detail to the journal as well.


Side Note: When I added the liquid glass some of the original journal color started seeping through.  But I actually think it gives it another fun touch.

Create a Mixed Media Beach Travel Journal

Mixed Media Beach Travel Journal

Next time I go on a beach trip this Summer I can start writing down memories, thoughts, etc. in my new travel journal!  I am actually really excited about this.  I’m not a big journal person so this will be something new for me. I hope it inspires you to do the same!

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