Art Journal ~ Eyes for You (Tutorial)

Mixed media art journaling (Marjie Kemper)

I really enjoyed making this spread for the new challenge at Eclectic Paperie.  I started my pages with the leftover 7 Dots Studios papers that were on my table after making a Birthday Set of projects for Xyron.  Here's that project:

Create custom paper with Washi Tape

I added several of Ranger's Distress Paints and started inking with Archival Inks through a stencil.  Then I created my own patterned paper using Washi tape repeatedly on black card stock, and cut out letters with the Tim Holtz Block Type Alterations die.

I ran the Washi Tape letters through my Xyron 9″ Creative Station:

Sizzix machine makes diecut letters into stickers

And used my brayer over deli paper to really push them into the page:

Use a brayer to be sure your letters are adhered well

I used my new Darkroom Door Film Frame stamp with an older Stampers Anonymous face/text stamp, stamping them on tissue paper and adhering to the page with Gel Medium.When adhering tissue to your page it helps to tear rather than cut your edges, as they tend to blend into the page better this way.

Tissue Paper Stamping - Marjie Kemper

Here's a pic of the bottom right:

Art journal close up - Marjie Kemper

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  1. Buttons on May 28, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Great way of using the gel medium and I love how you’ve set up those birthday gifts. Hugs, Jenny x

  2. Brenda Brown on May 27, 2013 at 10:38 am

    A fabulous mix of images and colours to create a superb design.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. Shahrul Niza on May 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Oh how LOVELY this is!!. Marjie, I want to touch these pages, LOL. So many wonderful things you added there, I’m so awed with all the layers :). I need to add depth to my watercolor journal too, yes .. I must, I just decided that now :). You’re inspiring!. HUGS.

  4. Renee Zarate on May 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Beautiful pages! What sweet memories. :-)

  5. butterfly on May 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Glorious, glorious pages, Marjie – breathtaking layers of colour and texture – yum!
    Alison xx

  6. Broni on May 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    How awesome, Marjie! I just love that you started with another project’s leftovers!! And you’d never know it from the beautiful finished piece!!

  7. Caroline on May 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Just love this, gorgeous. Doubt I will ever get hang of all your different techniques but love to see it all! TFS :)

  8. giogio on May 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I only have eyes for this wonderful page, Marjie. Gorgeous details and colours!

  9. Amy* on May 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Wow! Holy awesome techniques! Where to begin? Love how you used up those scraps to create the background, the gell medium elements and the custom washi tape paper is pure genius! Thanks for all the fun tips and tricks…a must try for sure!


  10. Helen Tilbury on May 20, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I loved seeing and reading about all your different processes – you are such a technique specialist!

  11. Micki on May 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Love the colors. I keep forgetting about using a brayer to adhere stamped images (on paper or tissue)….. love how you used the gel medium. Awesome spread!

  12. Carolyn Dube on May 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Love that you took what others might throw away and turned it into an amazing art journal spread!

  13. kathy/NorthCarolina on May 19, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Marjie…these colors are so fabulous…reminds me of my mom’s dahlia bed, which was always filled with glorious blooms. Is it the gel medium that gives the page that wonderful shine? I honestly don’t even know what gel medium is, or how to use it. Duh. But I love the textures and patterns on this spread. Nobody art journals the way you do!

  14. Sandra Mouwen on May 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

    What great pages and love that you’ve used those scraps! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Gigi on May 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    This is such a fun technique. I get lost in time when I do it. Your work is beautiful and I love all your posts. Thanks!

  16. Kate on May 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I love how you recycled! Awesome layout. You always have such interesting and colorful backgrounds.

  17. susan salyer on May 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I love this..I am using a lot of scraps right now and you gave me brilliant ideas so love the one eye stamp too.
    beautiful journal art Marjie
    and thanks I will be hearing that song in my head for a week now lol
    love and hugs
    susan s

  18. Ellie Knol on May 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

    So pretty!
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    xxx Ellie xxx

  19. Alison/craftytrog on May 18, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Wow! Fantastic projects Marjie, & your page looks amazing! TFS! x

  20. Redanne on May 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    So hard to imagine that you can take some left over papers and make a gorgeous creation like this Marjie, it is absolutely wonderful – love the colours too. Hugs, Anne x

  21. Valerie-Jael on May 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Lovely page with wonderful colours! Any sign of the mail-man yet? Valerie

    • Marjie Kemper on May 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Not yet… I will let you know for sure!

  22. Jenn on May 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    beautiful layout!! I always love the depth and layers you make without making it seem too overwhelming! I was wondering what type and size of journal you use for these layouts.


    • Marjie Kemper on May 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you, Jenn. This one is Dyan Reaveley’s large journal. The other I work in most frequently is made of watercolor paper by a company called Global Art Materials. I have links to both on my Favorite Products page (

  23. Teresa Jaye on May 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    gorgeous spread – you come up with the best color combos and creative techniques – thanks for sharing!

  24. Anita Houston on May 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Waste not! Awesome! Gorgeous pages, and love the 40’s party stuff!

  25. Kay Wallace on May 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Marjie, this project is so right up my alley! I love vintage! I am also a huge fan of using up “leftovers” on my art table. I just created a pamphlet journal for a friend and have pretty much cut up sheets of “Ladies’ Diary” from G45. With your inspiration, I now know how to use the rest of it…just fill in the blanks! Great tutorial!!

  26. Terry on May 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Way to go with the leftover scraps!!! Love the stamped face on the filmstrip stamp. Gorgeous colors and design on these pages! You rock, Miss Marjie! Hugs!

  27. Donna-Marie on May 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

    So many techniques!!! They all combine beautifully for a fab statement!!!

  28. Judy Shea on May 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

    This is just DELISH!

  29. Silvia on May 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

    That’s a gorgeous set – wonderful gift. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  30. Boo on May 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Wonderful page.

  31. monique on May 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

    What a beautiful journal page. Such wonderfu; colors.

  32. Annette Green on May 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Cool, cool, cool! I learned something new: stamping on tissue. You don’t even know it’s tissue once it’s down. Very cool.

  33. Julie Tucker-Wolek on May 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!! LOVING the colors and all the beautiful textures!!!

  34. Toni Burrows on May 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Fabulous pages Marjie, so many layers of gorgeousness ! X

  35. Lindsay on May 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Gorgeous page! And thanks for sharing this tutorial, it’s very useful! Lots of new techniques I can try out! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  36. Zafaran on May 17, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Lovely creations and interesting processes!