Painted Petals by Dooreen Rousseau

Mar 3, 2019 | Free Projects, Step-by-step tutorial

Awesome Guest Designer Dooreen (aka Tiger) Rousseau joins us today with this fantastic journal page creation! Make your own collage paper from scraps of this and that, and use it to make gorgeous, painty blooms that burst from your journal page!

Collaged painted blooms will make your next journal page a stunner!

Art journals beg to be touched and this surface is so lovely to run your hands over.  Several techniques were used to create this fun journal page. I was inspired to create the page with new paint colours, and I wanted to have a lot of texture to the background to cover up a damaged page.  I wanted it somewhat neutral, making a great background for the colourful florals. 

To make the florals interesting, I decided to create them using materials I had at hand, and not go searching for the perfect sheet of paper or the perfect stamp. I always have leftover bits of papers, ephemera, napkins, tissues, and under paper handy in a box at my studio table.  I used that, and more, to create petals to make into flowers to decorate the page.  There is enough space on the page to add a sentiment or quote, or perhaps some hand journaling, if you like.  Enjoy the process!


  • Art journal
  • DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics (I used most of the colours in the range)
  • DecoArt DecouPage
  • Modelling paste
  • Crackle paste
  • Reynolds Freezer Paper
  • Sizzix Die: Petal Drop
  • Stencils (choose any that have small details to make texture)
  • Posca Paint Markers
  • Circle punches

Step-by-step instructions

1 Apply molding paste onto the surface. Before it’s completely dry, apply crackle paste, leaving some areas heavy and some light. Apply dark grey all over, working the paint into the cracks. Wipe back the paint with a baby wipe to give dark and light areas.

2 Do the same with Green Gold and then Cobalt Teal. Wipe back each colour, allowing some areas to blend.  Add more paint or wipe back more paint until you have the desired result.

3 Using DecoArt DecouPage, adhere torn music, text and dictionary paper to the shiny side of freezer paper.  Use pieces of napkins for contrast.  Apply the medium to the freezer paper, lay down the paper, then use the wet brush to press the paper flat.

4 Make or die cut a petal template (I folded one of the die cuts in half lengthwise and trimmed it). Turn the freezer paper over and trace 15 – 20 petals. Cut them out.

5 Add additional detail to the petals by stencilling small patterns with acrylic paint and adding doodles. As you work, wipe the excess acrylics off onto white cardstock and use this to punch out circles to become the flower centres.

6 Peel off the freezer paper backing and adhere the petals and flower centres to the page, adjusting and trimming as needed.  Freestyle doodling in black permanent marker around the petals and along the edge of the journal page completes the project.

Meet the author

Dooreen Rousseau

Dooreen Rousseau

Dooreen is an artist and creative instructor living in Edmonton, AB, Canada. She enjoys creating mixed media projects, combining all manner of products and textures, and has a monthly journal group featuring technique-inspired pages.  Much of her inspiration comes from nature and the outdoors, and the work of her students.

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    • Dooreen

      Thanks very much!

  1. Chrystal

    Beautiful page!!

    • Dooreen

      Many thanks!

  2. Deb Riddell

    This is fabulous Dooreen, thank you for sharing it with us! Deb xo

    • Dooreen

      Glad you liked it!

  3. Jane Austin-Songhurst

    This is brilliant, beautiful too Doreen, thank you for the inspiration & tutorial
    Jane x

    • Dooreen

      Thank you for your kind words!

  4. Leslie

    I fell in love with this gorgeous project as soon as I saw it! Thank you for sharing this!

    • Lindi

      This is an amazing piece. Love the Gorgeous pops of the petals.. Fabulous, thanks for your your inspirational share..💜💚😍😘


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