Image resist techniques are the perfect way to dress up your art journal! In real life art journals, you can use a wax crayon, or stamp with an image resist inkpad, then paint over it for some cool effects. This ia a fun way to write secret messages to yourself or journal, to add titles and even decorative accents.

In digital art journaling, we can achieve the same look pretty easily in Photoshop. Want to follow along with me as I do this? Great! I've put together a little freebie so you can do just that! Download it here.

First open up our scanned old newsprint for a background.

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Choose the paint color you want (here I chose a soft rose color), then using the watercolor brush, on a New Layer, stamp around so that you achieve a watercolor-wash look on top of the newsprint.

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Now, with the watercolor wash layer selected, add a new Layer Mask. Using the color black, "stamp" inside the Layer Mask with the solid flower brush set.

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Now load the selection of the flowers and Invert the selection.

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On a New Layer, choose the grungy sponge brush, included in the .abr file and with the same rose color, stamp inside the resist of the flowers, to give it an imperfect, stamped look.


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Next, on a New Layer, add your title and journaling in black. Using the outline brush of the frame, stamp inside the layer mask to give your journaling frame another resist technique look. Add your sponge color to the extra distsressing layer, if you'd like.

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Finally, we'll add just a very slight emboss on the resist layer, to give it more realism.

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And, that's it! I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. I'd love to see your digital image resist techniques! If you'd like to join our weekly art journal challenges at, we give a prompt to get you going and then you upload it to the challenge gallery. We've got a great group of art journalers over there so come on over!




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