Art Journal Cafe: Save Your Page

Art Journal Cafe: Save Your Page

I’m so happy to be joining Art Journal Cafe as their Guest Designer this month! A new challenge starts today, and it’s to Save a Page… as in returning to one you abandoned because you didn’t like the way it turned out.  It’s a good challenge.

My page in need started out with a partially painted background topped with stenciling. It wasn’t working one bit. I added more paint but didn’t want to cover the whole thing, in hopes some of that bottom layer would work.  Here’s how it looked before I had a better idea:


Hideous! I decided to liven it up with Dylusions Ink Sprays on some parts of the page, let them dry, then covered the page with Tim’s tissue wrap:

I smooshed it on roughly, intentionally causing wrinkles as I adhered it to the page with gel medium. Then I colored with water soluble oil pastels and gelatos.  It started looking better. I like the way the colors appear to be blending above and below the tissue wrap:

I added some stenciling, stamped the arrow (Stampers Anonymous) repeatedly, and stamped the lady (Stampland) onto plain white tissue paper:


The tissue always looks better when it has a torn edge rather than scissor cut. I adhered it with gel medium and used water color crayons to color it, the heart, and some outlines here and there:

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So that’s my Save Your Page contribution for Art Journal Cafe. I won’t go into all the details on why I made it this way, but it’s meaningful to me.

Thanks so much for the visit.  See you at AJC!



Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. I really like your page save — I love using that tissue wrap, and it looks so good on your page. This “saving” technique has become a favorite of mine since teaching the classes. Seems like I’m always showing things on my personal journal and then needing to “fix it up” again later. LOL.

  2. This is so deliciously layered-love it!!

  3. so inspiring. Thank you for this. I have many a page that need saving! xo

  4. Wonderful transformation of the product, I like as you have given more life with inks and colors, I love it the Stamples stamp.

  5. I am just now starting an art journal so I really appreciate you telling us what you have done on this oh so pretty page.

  6. Great technique, it’s a wonderful page.

  7. What a great conservation movement! I think we should all reach out to those abandoned pages! What you’ve done here is fabulous!

  8. Lynn Stevens says:

    Gorgeous Marjie, just makes me want to break out the paints and sprays. Love how you showed your progress along the way.
    hugs Lynn

  9. I have fallen in love with this. That lady is such a sensational stamp and such a fabulous choice to stamp her onto tissue paper to blend into the actual page.
    Simply stunning
    P.S. I also love the way you used a heart.

  10. It was great getting to meet you in person at Dina’s class on Sat. I am new to this kind of journaling (usually do cards) so it was so much fun. Thanks for the tip about the storing of the stencils. It looks like it will work great for me. Your journal piece about is just glorious. I love the colors and all the layering. I need to get a journal and start learning this. All the best!

  11. Wonderful piece, so much gorgeous texture–and a great tutorial, too!
    Thank you for your comment on my fabric inchie, Marjie, I appreciate it!

  12. Beautiful Marjie! I love that lady stamp, it adds a great touch to the page. I need to do this challenge, I have a lot of pages that need rescuing. Lol

  13. Exceptional

  14. Well what a transformation, it started off well enough but now is amazing. Love the colours and materials you used.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  15. I liked it when it was hideous, in your words and would be very happy indeed if I could even create that! However, your transformation is wonderous, love the wrinkled tissue wrap, the colours are divine and like the way those bold arrows point to the beautiful moon lady. You really are the mistress of all things blue, I could look at this for ages……..Crafty hugs, Anne x

  16. A really great page, the use oftissue wrap is fab and I lve the colours you have chosen too! Aother great make trace. X

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Beautiful results playing with tissue papers!. Yup torn edges add drama :). I do love your previous background but the newer one rocks!!. I tried saved mine too :).

  18. This is beautiful Marjie! I love the changes you made. The tissue paper technique is very cool. Can’t wait to save one of my own 🙂

  19. Wow…you certainly had fun with this makeover Marjie. Just love the colours. Beautiful stamped image too x

  20. Love your page! What a great challenge too :). So cool that you’ve stamped on tissue paper. I do it for backgrounds, but never for a front image. Hugs, Sandra

  21. Well sure it’s meaningful to you and it shows in how wonderful it came out! I love that you used Tissue Wrap on it, and all the yummy color! Those houses are grand, but I’m totally digging the lady on tissue paper…stunning!!!!!

  22. What a great alteration Marjie…it’s so artful!
    Congrats with your guestdesigner ship!
    greetings, Alie 🙂

  23. A fabulous transformation Marjie! Great texture & colours! x

  24. Love, love the colors, and the texture of the tissue…maahvelous!

  25. Judy Cantrell says:

    What a beautiful spread! I love the colors used on this piece! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us!

  26. A great save Marjie! Love the tissue paper crumpled!!

  27. I like the idea ” save a page” … I think I have lots of candidates to go and take a second look at! Seeing how this evolved reminds me to think in small increments … thanks for the step by step!

  28. What a transformation – I love your smooshed tissue paper full of colour and fantastic stamping! Am cross with myself that I didn’t get round to the 30 minute page, and I’ll have to sit this one out as I’ve only done two journalling pages in total so far, so not that much I want to change yet!! Another inspirational piece of journalling here – thank you!
    Alison x