Grunge Tutorial: Groovy Inked Papers

One of the things I love to do is CREATE my own kooky, unique painted papers to use in my collage work and on my journal pages. So here's a playful tutorial for making graffiti style painted papers and YES, you can use all of the colors of the rainbow!

Let's get ink on our fingers.

This technique will work with ink, liquid watercolor or high flow acrylics and each and every medium will provide different results!!!

I gifted myself both sets of Dr. Ph. Martin's inks as a holiday present and all I can say is wow!!! Smooth, consistent, highly pigmented. So much fun to work with! Here's my review of Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay inks!

Art journal by Tammy Garcia.

On this journal spread in my 5x8" Moleskine, you'll find a green & yellow strip of paper on the right side.
See it? That's one of the papers from the video tutorial!!!

Abstract collage papers with india inks.


- India ink, liquid watercolor or Golden high flow acrylics
- Watercolor paper, heavy card stock or bristol paper
- Scissors or rotary blade
- Brush, #6 or smaller


1. Cut paper into strips about 1/2" x 6". The paper strips do not need to be uniform. Note that I stitched some of my papers with my sewing machine first, to give them some texture, but that's optional.

2. Select one color of Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay inks [here’s my review with more examples] and paint polka dots, stripes + swirls at random. Select another color and repeat! 

3. Flip the papers around and make more marks. You can make marks on both sides or one side. For my collection, I painted both sides so that I had lots of color options when I was selecting painted papers for my art journal pages. Each side will turn out differently! 

4. Keep going, painting patterns + doodles, then flipping around the papers to get more random marks. 

5. Separate papers and let them dry.

6. Use your papers as book marks and as elements in mixed media collage.

Grunge paper tutorial at Daisy Yellow.