Art Journal – Blossom & Bloom

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Blossom & Bloom Art Journal Pages

Blossom & Bloom art journal pages with paint and ink (Marjie Kemper)

One of my favorite ways to spend the day is playing in my art journal.  Since there are no rules in art journaling you can follow your whims.  If you don’t like what happens you can always paint or gesso over it and start fresh.  Often times I’ll do a little here and a little there over time, and this is one of those spreads.

These pages started out with a layer of gesso and then I moved on to Distress Paints and Archival Inks. I wanted to use the new Carved Flowers stamps from Darkroom Door, but I wanted to do something different with them as it feels lately I’ve been using flowers the same old way.  After going through my paper stash, I decided to paint some dictionary pages. Next I stamped directly onto them and punched out each one for a page accent.

I received the new Tim Holtz Mini Filmstrip Sizzix die last week and I’ve already used it on three different projects!  I used my Sizzix Vagabond machine to cut it.

Repositionable Adhesive Helps!

I used my Xyron 9-Inch Creative Station to adhere all the circles and the film strip with repositionable adhesive.  This allows me great freedom to change my mind.  Xyron was a good choice today because I decided to move the large circles to be partially under instead of over the filmstrip.

Xyron adhesive application for art journal embellishments (Marjie Kemper)

Here’s a good photo indicating why I like to use the Xyron – see how I could lift the filmstrip diecut and not tear away any of the paint beneath?

Art journal in progress (Marjie Kemper)

Art journal with Tim Holtz filmstrip die (Marjie Kemper)

Next I went to town with stencils.  This shot shows the chicken wire stencil which I used with thick gesso as one of the first few layers applied.

Layered art journal page (Marjie Kemper)

 I repeated the use of that stencil in two other sections, following the rule of thirds.

Paper punches and diecuts in art journal pages (Marjie Kemper)

Art journal in progress (Marjie Kemper)

I used the Darkroom Door Regal Frame stamp as a place for my page title, which I spelled out with old alphabet stickers.

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  1. Love the flowers stamped on the painted dictionary pages. That is brilliant! Those bold blossoms are really fun punched out and scattered on the page. Very whimsical. Lots of lovely texture here, too. I agree that the filmstrip borders do a great job of grounding this piece. Loverly!

  2. Gorgeous, rich colors!

  3. I so like your idea of using the flowers in this way, creating stamped elements instead of using them in a traditional manner and yes, the filmstrip does ground the pages.

  4. Maria McGuire says:

    Totally love those orange pops of color! My eyes keep going back to them. Beautiful journal spread!

  5. Great art journal pages, Marjie! Really pretty shades of green. Love the stenciling! You’re so good at that! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  6. Another fab make Marjie. Love the layers and colours created. Thought I had linked your new site but must have copied wrong address.

    Silly me.
    Best wishes and have a great weekend

    Annie x

  7. Marjie…LOVE your journal pages! You rock, girlfriend! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  8. This is wonderful I love the colors and images you used. wonderful page.
    susan s

  9. Lynn Stevens says:

    Awesome page Marjie, Really reminds me of the upcoming color of our spring green grass!
    You have such a way with color!
    Hugs Lynn

  10. THis is gorgeous! I love that striking green color! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! – Ashli 🙂

  11. great pages! Love all the pieces added on top.

  12. Great pages Marjie – that green is beautiful!

  13. Gorgeous pages! Gesso is my best friend, love the way you used it on your pages. Those film strips look amazing as do the orange circles. Well done, perfectly balanced!!

  14. Glorious, glorious pages, Marjie – the colours are amazing together, and the stencilling gives such wonderful depth and texture! Beautiful work…
    Alison x

  15. Love the blooms…the thick gesso chicken wire is totally effective at giving this spread some extra dimension, I like how it comes out as well. Lots of dimension and layering techniques working to really give this whole spread a cohesive look – effortless although we know it’s not. xox

  16. Gorgeous inky page Marjie! I have a little Xyron, very useful tools!
    Happy Easter!
    Alison xx

  17. I love the colors you used here.. they pop.. I never use green, but now that I see this, I may be brave. Love the film strip and the punched out stamped flowers.

  18. I live by the rule of thirds and odd numbers of things…makes sense to me! Love the stenciling with gesso…black too! I don’t do that…I need to! These page are glorious with all the blooms and then quoted for it! Love the newsprint, and the xyron really makes things easier. Can I tell you a secret? I’ve never owned a xyron…not even the little cute one for those little tiny things. What the hay is the matter with me…right? Gorgeous work my soon to be Ranger Sista!!! WOOHOO!!! Thank you for using your words with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  19. Lovely journal pages, great colours! Valerie

  20. Wonderful page. I like how you stamped the flowers in the circles. It gives it more depth.

  21. Oh man, I really need to start doing some journal pages. Perhaps it will clear my head and get me on another path. Thank you for the inspiration – colorful and full of textured layers without a lot of 3-D layers.

  22. These pages are fantastic, always love your bright colors 🙂

  23. Hi Marjie!!!!

    I loooove these pages!!!! They are soooo beautiful!….I really like the colors and how you used your stencils!

    Regards from Spain

  24. You are amazing!! This is gorgeous! I love love love the colors and loving the flowers and the film strips!!

  25. Fabulous pages!

    Lucy x