Art Journal ~ Eyes for You (Tutorial)

Art journal - I Only Have Eyes for You (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:

Paper crafts for Party favors

Use up old scrap paper as a first layer

And here’s what the leftovers looked like after I adhered them with Gel Medium:

Art journal page in progress - Marjie Kemper

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.

Make custom paper with washi tape - Marjie Kemper

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 Gel Medium when it was still wet.  It dries clear.  
Art journal page in progress - Marjie Kemper

I did that on the top left and bottom right.  Here’s a pic of the bottom right:

Art journal close up - Marjie Kemper

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


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

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

  3. 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. Beautiful pages! What sweet memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  6. 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 says:

    Just love this, gorgeous. Doubt I will ever get hang of all your different techniques but love to see it all! TFS ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. 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.


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

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

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

  28. This is just DELISH!

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

  30. Wonderful page.

  31. What a beautiful journal page. Such wonderfu; colors.

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

  34. Fabulous pages Marjie, so many layers of gorgeousness ! X

  35. Gorgeous page! And thanks for sharing this tutorial, it’s very useful! Lots of new techniques I can try out! Have a wonderful weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Lovely creations and interesting processes!