Art Journal ~ Love

This page wrote it’s own title: Art Journal Love.  Once I was finished painting and stenciling I realized the the tissue paper had done most of the work for me!

Art Journal Love

Have you used tissue paper as a base for your art journal pages? It’s a really quick way to start a page, and there are loads of patterns available. I used some very cool printed tissue paper from my very old stash on this one.

Art Journal ~ Love (Marjie Kemper)

Use Your Stash

This tissue paper is from 7 Gypsies and it’s been in my stash for a really long time. At least the package was open and I’ve used some of it before… I can’t stand finding brand new unopened product. Use it or lose it, right?  I am pretty sure this version was part of a Valentines sales release because of the text on it.

Art Journal ~ Love (Marjie Kemper)

I adhered it to my page with matte medium and let it dry overnight. Using a brayer helps to get the tissue paper to lay flat. It doesn’t bother me to have wrinkles, but I don’t like to have bubbles under the tissue. Once dry, it was easy to tear off the excess so it fit my page properly.

Art Journal ~ Love (Marjie Kemper)

I didn’t take pictures along the way because it came together so quickly. Green Gold and Teal fluid acrylic paints were my choice for this one. I thinned the Green Gold with an Acrylic Glaze and used black gesso for the stenciled arrows.

Art Journal Love (Marjie Kemper)

The circles are from a very old (but still lovely) red Sizzix die called Frames: Circle Combo. It’s a favorite of mine because it’s such a classic. I think it was one of the first ones I bought when I started scrapbooking back in 1999.

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  1. Kathy C Bradley says:

    Beautiful colors and beautiful journal page!

  2. Love those zesty, zingy colours and they look perfect with the striking text background. Hope you are having a great weekend. xxx

  3. I love using tissue paper and invisible edges that it produces. Great job.

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Gigi. I usually use small pieces, so this was a nice change and gave me an instant background.

  4. That is so fun and yes using up the stash to make something is a much better idea. xox

  5. Elisa Wellman says:

    What a wonderfully creative way by which to begin! I think this would be so great especially if having a creative block. Thanks, Marjie?

  6. I do love that texty tissue, and the vivid colours are fabulous as always. Love those circular die-cuts too.
    Alison x

  7. Thanks for the great ideas I have to confess that I have a lot of stuff in my stash that I have not used so I like the way you introduce ways to use up stash items. sometimes I swear that it the stash grows on its own in the cupboard when I am not looking at least that is what I tell myself.

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      It does that here, too, Laura! Besides, I think we get bonus points when we use something that we’ve had a really long time.

  8. TROP BEAU +++++++++++++++

  9. Yay for use it or lies it! It’s something I can relate to & have been trying hard to stick to but with a trip to the USA coming up very soon I may have problems not to be tempted lol