Art Journal: Stamping Without Ink

First, thank you all so much for all the enthusiasm and encouragement on my two earlier posts this week! I truly appreciate everyone taking the time to visit and to comment.  And to my new followers… welcome!

This week Simon Says Stamp wants to see stamping without ink. No problem! Paint is an excellent medium for stamping. You just need to be sure to use it sparingly if you want to get a decent print. I use a small makeup wedge to apply it directly to my stamps, thanks to a tip from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Also linking this to Julie’s Art Journal Every Day.

I used layers and layers of paint and stencils from both The Crafters Workshop and Stencil Girl Products. The letters are smudged with black gelatos by Faber Castell.  I used black paint on the circle and flower stamps.  Here are a few closer looks:


Fashionable Stamping Challenges has a musical theme this week and my words are lyrics from a Tom Petty song… The Waiting. Hope that song won’t be stuck in your head today… the waiiiiiiiting is the haaaaaaardesssssst part!  

Thanks for the visit. Hope you have a great day.



Your comments are very much appreciated!


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  2. Great colours and great words (they are so true!) x

  3. Jenny Del Fuego says:

    Between this and the Learning to Fly reference on FB Flyers I can’t get Petty out of my head! Love this piece.

  4. I love your color combination here!

  5. Hey there Marjie, told you allready on fb what I am thinking of your way to cool project…but cannot help myself gotta tell ya here too hihihi….I am loving the vibrant colors wowwwzer and the sentiments and the way toooo cool background, absolutely so much to see…Thank you for sharing it with the DT from Simon Says STamp and Show, hugs terry xxx

  6. Hi Marjie! Love your stylistic art! It really speaks To me. Thank you so much for joining us at FSC. Best, Yvonne

  7. Marjie, this is one stunning piece! I love everything about it.

  8. Very cool Marjie! I bought a gigantic Donna Downey foam stamp that arrived yesterday – will definitely be using paint on that daddy stamp!

  9. I will say the paint really gives the stamping a richness you can’t get with ink, love this blue and black color combo! xox

  10. Gorgeous Marjie…just gorgeous! Love the big block letters…makes a huge impact!

  11. This is so vibrant, love all the layers of colour, and a great take on our musical challenge at FSC.

  12. stampersuzz says:

    Beautiful rich colors on your journal! Love your stamping with ink! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  13. Love Tom Petty..and love your journal page, great colours and layers..thanks so much for joining our Challenge at FSC..Esther xxx

  14. Those are my favorite colors. I love, love, love your spread. You really achieved A+ layering. Now what are you waiting for?

  15. Hi Marjie, this is so you, with the gorgeous blues that you do so well. Love the way you have smudged around the wording and thank you for the tip about make up sponges and light touches, that may be where I have been going wrong….. love your wonderful piece of art. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  16. this is stunning!!! Fab layering of colors-wow!

  17. Excuse the pun but this piece is singing as it is so full of vibrancy.
    Oh I love stamping with paint and yes, cosmetic sponges are most definitely a must (also my way of blending inks as I don’t use the Ranger product).
    Thank you for sharing your musically inspired piece with us at FSC.

  18. I love how this has turned out vibrant and colourful. Dxx

  19. Tracey Kuzniak says:

    Oh WOW!!! I LOVE this journal project….the colours and the stenciling give it so much depth and interest…I am definitely inspired to get out my new journal and get inky! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show 🙂

  20. I am loving the texture and colors on your spread! Love it!

  21. Your build up of layers creates such depth- your close up photos have such details!!!

  22. This is so cool! No ink stamping, what a concept. Love the way it turned out.

  23. Gorgeous results with no ink stamping, Marjie! Love your vibrant pages!! I was just thinking how cool photos would look in the circles! Hugs!

  24. Gorgeous pages, Marjie! I so love your use of colors! And this time is no exception! Love all the layers! Very pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  25. Judy Cantrell says:

    I always enjoy seeing your artwork!

  26. Ooh wow!! I want to hang this up in my office!! I LOVE IT! The layers of texture and color are so gorgeous!
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  27. Oh yes.. make up sponges are a must in the studio. I love paint more than ink and these PAGES ARE FANTASTIC! You always seem to get the rich colors to pop.. BRAVO, Marjie!

  28. I started singing that song as soon as the layout pic came up!! Beautiful pages, Marjie–yor always inspire me!

  29. Gorgeous, Marjie! That blue is electrifying! So many cool layers, love it! (see if you can guess what song is stuck in my head now? lol)

  30. Gorgeous!!! x

  31. Your layering of the inks thru the stencils really creates a rich look with lots of interesting details.

  32. Wonderful pages! Love that colour combo! Btw the time will pass quicker than you think!! Chrisx

  33. totally love it. and yes, the song is in my head

  34. Beautiful take on our challenge, Marjie! I love your paint stamped images and your Gelato smudged letters! Beautiful colors and design. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  35. Great effect Marjie…what an impressive page!
    greetings, Alie 🙂

  36. WOwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love love the colors and all the circles!! LOVING how you included some of the title in the circles too!!!!

  37. Two wonderful pages, the colors rock, love every detail.

  38. You are truly the Queen of Stamping!!. How vibrant these paints were, perfect colors & layers :).

  39. A great make , full of wonderful colours and layers! Trace x