#the100dayproject Marjie Kemper Days 61-80 - mixed media art journal techniques

Coming into home stretch…. I've completed 80 days of art journal techniques and am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Small Squares – Art Journal Techniques

In a nutshell, the idea is to do something creative (anything, really) every day for 100 days and share it on social media.  You're meant to share the photo specifically on Instagram with a hashtag for the entire project (#the100dayproject) as well as a unique hashtag for my own project (mine is #100daysofsmallsquares).

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 61-64

Embossing is still fun after all these years

I've had the best time using so many stamps, stencils, inks, and paints! I've also pulled out my enormous Tupperware tub of embossing powder and used it quite a few times.  Distress Inks can be embossed, so all you need is clear powder and you can use any color of Distress Inks for the desired result.

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 65-68

It's been a bit challenging to do some of my favorite art journal techniques on such small real estate. Most of my backgrounds are with Distress Inks, but there are several with Dylusions Ink Sprays and a couple with paint.

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 69-72

I am contemplating what to do with all of these (they range in size from 2″ to 4″) and I imagine most will end up in my art journals. If you'd like to see any of the first 60 days, there are links at the bottom of this post.

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 73-76

And I'll admit… I am ready for this project to wind down.  It's been a long haul, but I am glad to finish it out.

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 77-80

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If you’d like to learn more about Distress Inks, please check out my online class with Craftsy.  It consists of 7 lessons in which  I cover Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Stains and more. Craftsy classes come with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!  My class is called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. Here’s a 2-minute preview video:


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  1. Anne R on July 17, 2016 at 4:07 am

    A marathon task for sure but you have done THE most amazing job with your beautifully coloured squares! I have never tried embossing with Distress Ink so I am off to try it now! Thanks for sharing your wonderful art Marjie. Hugs, Anne xx

    PS – I think if it was me, I would mount them on boards to take to classes to show people that art doesn’t need to be large to be beautiful – small has a huge impact too…perhaps even more impact

  2. Debbie Goodrow on July 17, 2016 at 12:26 am

    These are all so yummy! It IS hard to work in such small areas sometimes, but you’ve clearly mastered it. Love what you’ve done, and to stick at doing daily art for that long?… Kudos!!! I’ll have to go check out the other ones. I could see these as a ‘flip chart’ on a stand. Just flip them daily to a random page. Or whenever you need a boost of color in your life. Or a mind reset. LOVE these!

  3. bernath on July 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    MAGNIFIQUES §§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§

  4. Brenda Brown on July 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    So much colour, beautiful layers and magnificent details all in one place. TFS your wonderful squares xxx

  5. susan salyer on July 15, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful pieces wow! I love them!