Painting old pages – Working with Posca markers

One of the beauties of art journals is that you can always come back to pages you once painted, but never finished. It’s kind of starting over the whole page, but not exactly because now you have a base to begin with and you can paint over it or preserve some of the areas.

Painting old pages - working with Posca markers - by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro


“Old pages” can be intentionally left unfinished so that you can return to them at a later date, when you want to create a page, but don’t want to start from scratch with a blank page. 


This will blend the old with the new in such an incredible way that you’ll get your page new and exciting to share with others.

I’m working in my journal-book on a page I started long time ago and never knew what exactly I would like to paint on it. But what other better subject than a face?! You know me, I love faces! They are so captivating and you cannot create two alike!

Painting old pages - working with Posca markers - by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro


I started with a pencil sketching my way to complete the face adding hair and a neck. The page was first gessoed and some stamps and hand drawings were added before I got to sketch this face. That makes the page even more interesting as it gives some kind of texture. I adore to see through the faces skins, but I don’t always leave that see through on the page: at some point I might add too much acrylic paint.

Painting old pages - working with Posca markers - by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro


Although I wanted to use acrylic paints for this face, I didn’t had any at hand, so I used Posca markers instead! Posca markers are great for details and bold enough to stand out on a page. But this time I needed them to *build* the face adding just the right amount of paint to simply cover the face space, blending at the same time on the page so that the face appears as I wanted.

Painting old pages - working with Posca markers - by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro
Painting old pages - working with Posca markers - by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro


In order to use them, I had to add just tiny bits of paint at a time and constantly blend the paint into the paper using my fingers. Because I didn’t had too much paint, I couldn’t use other tools and needn’t either: fingers blended perfectly into the page.

Painting old pages - working with Posca markers - by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro


I’m not sure what I’m going to add on the other page, but most likely it’s going to be another face! OR shall I use the space to journal some thoughts?

The page is now ready! Or at least for now it is. Tell me what you think in the comments section and don’t forget to share on social media!

Painting old pages - working with Posca markers - by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro


Hugs, Cristina 

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