Art Journal – Follow your Dreams


Thanks so much to all the new followers!  It’s been fun spotting your names in different areas, and I’ve met so many new people on FB and Pinterest!  I’m having a hard time myself keeping up with all the blogs I like, so I’m in the process of disabling email follows and signing up for RSS feeds instead.  It’s tough finding a method that works best.  I understand if you need to do the same with mine, and disable any of those ‘follows’.  No hard feelings!

On to my project… I started with a thick layer of gesso followed by heavy body paints applied with my fingers.


Next I cut up beautiful 7 Dots Studio paper using my Sizzix Hexagons die.  I ran them all through my Xyron 9-Inch Creative Station.


I added black paint and ink through stencils.


I used gel medium to seal the sticker letters, which also takes away the shine from them:


Loved using up some older stickers:


While I was making this I found a flower on my table leftover from my blue kite which I decided to add to the page.


Linking to Creative Everyday.  Thanks so much for the visit!


Xyron 9-Inch Creative Station

Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. A gorgeous page.

  2. I really love it

  3. Love this one too, Marjie! Hexagons are really hot right now and I did not realize Sizzix had a die for those! Running through the Xyron is ingenious and your colors are amazing! Thanks for all the wonderful techniques.

  4. Marjie, it’s so wonderful to see how you build up the layers in your lovely page spread. I’m beginning to realise how important layers are and tutorials like this one, make it seem achievable and inspires me to have a go. Really like that xyron gadget too! Sometimes we want something but have to consider how useful it will be – no problem with this machine though.

  5. Stunning pages, Marjie! Love the script stencil and the honeycombs are beautiful too! Hugs, Sandra

  6. I can’t do RSS feeds…I have to have things come straight to my email or I’ll never see it! LOL….everyone is different! Love love love your pages here Marjie…Fabulous! The honeycomb shape, the script stencil ( I NEED THAT ONE!), Gorgeous all around!!!

  7. Fabulous Marjie. I love the colours and use of the hexagon’s shape. Thanks for visiting the other day. I had a bash with the sprays etc but found the spraying through some of the stencils a challenge but I have lots to learn. Loved getting messy. Wish I could attend a class x crafty hugs Annie x

  8. Fantastic spread Marjie! Every time I try to follow you on Networked blogs it accepts me but the follower number never changes so I don’t think it works. I just use the regular blogger gadget but I guess you can’t use that I’m moving to blog lovin’ for reading blogs as I can’t keep up with the emails either & Google Reader never worked for me!

  9. Wonderful page Marjie! I love using my fingers to paint! xx

  10. Hi Marjie, we have been painting with our fingers all day today and had the most fun ever! I love your pages, those hexagons are fabulous and the stencilling really stands out well against the background. Love the colour around the edges too. Hugs, Anne x

  11. Maria McGuire says:

    Nothing better than painting with your fingers and using up some old stash! Great idea to use your Xyron for all the little pieces–I always forget to use it 🙂

  12. I’m back again and now I’m catching up and found a new blog design – congrats 🙂 … you’ve been very creative the last few days, wonderful pieces to see.
    I especially love this one 🙂

  13. Beautiful page with gorgeous colours! Love that hexagon die, too! Valerie

  14. Gorgeous page! Love the colours and textures achieved through your use of them.

  15. fabulous project xox

  16. So beautiful!! LOVING the colors and the hexagons!!

  17. Nice page, another friend is stitching tea bags in the same shape, honeybees must be on everyone’s mind, or maybe just Spring!!! Love the xyron 9, so glad you are on the team and we get to see techniques. You are SOOOO good at techniques my friend……xox

  18. I love this!! Thanks for the tip on using the gel medium over the sticker letters. I have a bag full of alpha stickers that I don’t use because of the shine..problem solved!

  19. Marjie, your home page is quite impressive! I love these journal pages–thanks for leading me through your creative process!

  20. This is really lovely. Love the hexagon shapes, the colors and the sentiment.

  21. This is such a beautiful page Marjie!! Just stunning! I love everything about it.

  22. Great project!

    Lucy x

  23. Thank you so much for the kind visit and comment on my tattered floral flowers. Made my morning (it sure is gloomy here, right?) Love your journal and the use of the hexagons and inky background. I have yet to try the journaling, I bought the journal and even got Dina Wakleys book, I need to just go for it! Hope to see you around at a class sometime again!

  24. this is beautiful. peaceful and so nice.

  25. Some of my favorite colors, GF! Love these pages! Hope you are have a fabulous week! Hugs!

  26. Love those hexagons, Marjie! Great colors and textures.

  27. This is an amazing layout, Marjie! Love it! Especially since I used to be a beekeeper in my former life. 🙂