And then the little bird said… Fly!

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Art journaling spread - and then the little bird said FLY!
I am loving the new extra large Donna Downey flower stamps. I made this spread in Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions art journal, using Tim Holtz's Tissue Wrap, Donna's Wayward Blooms stamps, Dylusions Ink Sprays, watersoluable crayons, a water brush, chipboard, a Stampers' Anonymous butterfly stamp, a Studio 490 sentiment stamp, and a few of Tim's metal Idea-ology pins.
Tutorial - base layers in art journal spread (Marjie Kemper)
Donna's flowers are 8″ tall and are sized just right for Dyan's big journal. After adhering the tissue wrap to the journal, I stamped the flowers in jet black Archival ink. Then I colored them with Water Soluable Crayons
and blended the color with my water brush.
Art journal spread in progress
Next step…. bring on the Dylusions Ink Sprays!
Chipboard text closeup in art journal spread (Marjie Kemper)
Last step was to add my painted/inked chipboard letters and the stamped sentiment.

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  1. Piarom on February 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Wow this looks amazing and I really enjoy seeing the progress :) thank you xox Conny over JJ

  2. Lisa Sackett on February 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Love this page layout! Absolutely gorgeous! I’m really loving Donna Downey’s stamps people are using…I can’t wait to get some.

  3. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest on February 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Your pages are lovely and I especially like how some of the text shows too!
    Hello from Dawn’s Journal Journey’s

  4. Helen Tilbury on February 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    This is incredibly cool Marjie! Wowzers. – what stunning effects you have created…

  5. Lynne Moncrieff on February 12, 2013 at 8:43 am

    What fabulous size of stamps making them so striking especially against the sprayed background and the dimensional letters are just the right accent.
    P.S. My all time favourite colouring medium are those water soluble crayons.

  6. froebelsternchen on February 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm


  7. Maria McGuire on February 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I have to tell you…as much as I LOVE the finished project I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it also looked with just the tissue and colored flowers–FABULOUS!!!

  8. Terry on February 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

    So much mention of birds lately and yes, I want to fly away! This is gorgeous, GF! I love sening the steps to perfection! Enjoy the week! Hugs!

  9. Julie G. on February 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Marjie! How gorgeous is this page!!!! Love the techniques and the colours are amazing!

  10. CraftyDawn on February 11, 2013 at 5:27 am

    How beautiful, that background is a must have I think, love your word ‘Fly’ for the Journal Journey’s challenge it’s so lovely to have you join us. Love Dawn xx

  11. Jeeves on February 11, 2013 at 5:23 am


  12. Silvia on February 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Marjie, these flowers are wonderful. Great use of the Tissue Wrap.

  13. Kathy P. on February 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I am in awe of you everytime I look at your art. Thank you for sharing and congrats on the design team selection. You deserve it.

  14. Corrine on February 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Those stamps are quite yummy and the page looks marvelous. Fly away over the snow banks. xox

  15. Wanda Hentges on February 10, 2013 at 7:29 am


  16. Sue W. on February 10, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I LOVE these pages, Marjie. The Tissue Wrap give them so much added depth.

  17. kathy/NorthCarolina on February 10, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Left you a long comment on the EP blog, but I just wanted to add that I totally loved this piece when all you had done to it was stamp the flowers and colored them in. Of course, I loved it even more at the end, but wow….what a wonderful vibe in this piece. It speaks of freedom to me. Love it!

  18. Sandra on February 10, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Super pages! Really like the flowers and the colors! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Judy Cantrell on February 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Gorgeous flowers and spread!!

  20. susan on February 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    so beautiful! Beautiful!
    susan s

  21. Claudine C on February 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    This is beautiful Marjie!! I love the large flowers, they really are a centerpiece themselves. I really love how you used the tissue paper for your background.

  22. Anita Houston on February 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    GORGEOUS!!! Love those flowers and the the pages behind. Gorgeous color!

  23. butterfly on February 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Wow, gorgeous!! Am in love with these stamps, and it’s amazing seeing them in your hands!
    Alison x

  24. Cath on February 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Love these again, Marjie but I think I prefer the pages before you colour… you used such lovely, interesting elements. Just beautiful, but oh how those stamps are calling out to me… x

  25. Brenda Brown on February 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Amazing my friend, such lovely pages full of colour and gorgeous stamps.
    hugs [brenda] x0x

  26. Tracy Evans on February 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Gorgeous, I love the flowers stamped onto text. Wonderful colours and layers of ink. Tracy x

  27. Annie on February 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Fabulous Marjie. I love the background and stamped images….brilliant colours too. I have put some gesso on a couple of canvas’s so may get time to play through the week as I have a project to work on Tomorrow x
    Take care…..hope the weather is not too bad where you are
    Annie x

  28. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on February 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Oh Marjie, shame on me….I think this is gorgeous, the stamps are indeed great. But shame on me because I love the pages without the coloured papers even more than the ones with the blue colours… :-)
    have a nice weekend, Alie :-)

  29. Sandy Dehon on February 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Love it – really neat. The bird said fly and the butterfly said “I think I will!”

  30. Julie Tucker-Wolek on February 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Wowwwwwwwww! This is BEAUTIFUL!! I loveeeeeeeeee the colors, the flowers and the butterflies!!

  31. Shahrul Niza on February 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

    This is a BEAUTY!!. Love those vibrant inks :).

  32. Sara J on February 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

    As always you continue to inspire me…I loved the hollyhocks you used on the last post and went right out and ordered them….they will be perfect for a project for my sister!! Your page is beautiful.

  33. Alison/craftytrog on February 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

    This is beautiful Marjie! I really need to do some more journaling, I’m sooooo missing Julie’s class!

  34. Carolyn Dube on February 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

    What a beautiful field of flowers you’ve “grown”! Love the way your blue and green just blend together!

  35. Valerie-Jael on February 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

    This is a lovely journal spread, and I like it even without the coloured background. Hugs, Valerie

  36. Lorraine aka grannypoppy on February 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful spread, Marjie! I love Donna’s stamps and am always looking for places to use them … but storing them isn’t the easiest task! LOL! I’ve never seen Tim’s tissue paper in the stores but love how you’ve covered the pages in it. Have had it in the back of my head to just stamp on regular tissue paper and see how that works … I think you’ve encouraged me to try that today! Always a treat to see what you’ve been up to!

  37. Jessica Sporn on February 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Gorgeous spread. Love those splashes of red in the flowers!

  38. Diana on February 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

    i love this!! i am going to try this in my journal today!!!

  39. 2amscrapper on February 9, 2013 at 7:57 am

    love the techniques you used on these pages. I bought that journal and haven’t put anything in it yet. Your pages certainly are motivating me.