Digital Art

Mixing Digital & Traditional Art

Hello all my artsy friends, and welcome to the next installment of our Winter Magic collaboration!  I absolutely love my digital creations and layouts, but I still love getting my hands “painty” and working with traditional art supplies.  Today we have a very special guest in the Scrapaneers house  – my awesome friend Donna Downey (artist extraordinaire) is sharing her ideas for combining digital art with traditional art techniques.   Are you ready to get your hands dirty (in a good way)?  Then come on in and join me . . .



I spend a lot of time at Donna’s Art Studio in North Carolina, working on traditional art projects and honing my painting and multi-media skills.  I started creating digital art in 2008, and switched my scrapbooking almost completely to digital shortly thereafter.  But I really missed the tactile feel of working with paper and paint and other traditional art supplies.  When I was not able to satisfy those desires with scrapbooking, I moved into more traditional art projects.  Over the years I have always looked for ways to combine my digital creations with my more traditional art.


Donna graciously shared a session of her 2017 Inspiration Wednesday series with us, in which she shows you how she incorporated a digital technique into a traditional art journal page.  You can find the digital technique that was used in THIS blog post about Artistic Photo Effects. Watch the video to see how Donna uses a digital rendering of one of her paintings in an art journal page.  You won’t believe how fabulous it comes out!




Here is a list of the supplies Donna used on her page:

Inspiration Journal

Golden Matte Medium

Patterned Paper of Choice


If you want to try this technique on you own, there is no need to run out and buy scrapbooking paper.  Just print out your favorite papers from the Winter Magic collaboration (or your digital kit of choice)!  You can also build the pieces in your digital scrapping program and print them out in the exact shapes you want and then cut or tear them out by hand (or let your Silhouette or Cricut machine do the cutting for you).


Sadly, this is the last year the Donna is filming Inspiration Wednesday (she has other amazing new projects ready to go for 2018), BUT if you loved the video, you can still pick up the 2017 Inspiration Wednesday course (and also the 2015 and 2016 versions).  They are all on sale right now for $10 off (and the Inspiration Journals are also on sale).  You can find the Abstract Landscape course that focuses on the concept of Value discussed in the video HERE (and it is on sale right now too).


For those of you who are attracted to digital art because you do not like the more traditional supplies, you can also achieve this look right inside your digital scrapping program.  Follow the steps in the Artistic Photo Effects tutorial to build your posterized image, then create clipping masks for each section with the magic wand tool and clip digital papers to them.


Here is a look at a page I made with the purely digital technique (and the awesome Winter Magic collab):


Traditional Art


Don’t you love how you can reverse engineer back and forth with traditional and digital techniques in addition to combining them together?  Art truly is an amazing process!


We’ll be back on Friday, December 15 with an awesome heritage postcard tutorial from Michele and the next installment of Winter Magic downloads.


Until next time ~

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  • Yobeth December 13, 2017   Reply →

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing the in-depth how-to video. I love your layout!!

  • Carolyn December 20, 2017   Reply →

    Wonderful tutorial. Thanks!!

  • R January 2, 2018   Reply →

    WOW!!! Nice! Thank you for this interesting tutorial 🙂

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