Art Journal Tutorial

How to Use Dylusions Ink Sprays in an Art Journal (Marjie Kemper)

Today's art journal tutorial comes from my Guest Blogger spot over on Colour Me Positive. Lisa runs a weekly challenge blog which is always so very positive.   I chose a quote that is often attributed to Abe Lincoln:  “Whatever You Are, Be a Good One.” In fact, it may have come from William Makepeace Thackeray.

Art journaling Tutorial using Dylusions Ink Sprays, Stencils, Stamps & Manila Shipping Tags (Marjie Kemper)

 I'm a huge fan of Dylusions Ink Sprays.  I am also a big fan of good old fashioned stamping, and this page gave me lots of pleasure to create.  Here's how I got started:

Using Dylusions Ink Sprays in an Art Journal - Tutorial - Marjie Kemper

Stenciling

After applying the base layers of color, I used the Large Hall stencil from StencilGirl and sprayed Dylusions through it. See left photo, below. It can be tricky to work with sprays on top of sprays.  For this reason, the page should be totally dry before you add another layer.

Using Dylusions Ink Sprays in an Art Journal - Tutorial - Marjie Kemper

To put it another way, stenciling won't be clearly defined if the page is damp.  You can fix this by using an ink blending tool with an ink pad to create more definition.  My photo (above, right) shows how the ink defined the stenciling.

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Stamping

What can I say? I love the good old wood mount stamps.

Using Dylusions Ink Sprays in an Art Journal - Tutorial - Marjie Kemper

I wanted that tag to melt into the page so I placed it on top of the page, replaced the stencil, and added ink with the blending tool again.

Using Dylusions Ink Sprays (2) in an Art Journal - Tutorial - Marjie Kemper

My favorite part of this project was incorporating tags for part of the quote. I loved using all sorts of stamps and stencils to create these!

Art journaling Tutorial using Dylusions Ink Sprays, Stencils, Stamps & Manila Shipping Tags (Marjie Kemper)

Here's a tip – one good thing to remember in art journaling is to use stencils across different layers.  Adding just this small bit of stenciling across the page and the tag helps unify the layers.

Art journaling Tutorial using Dylusions Ink Sprays, Stencils, Stamps & Manila Shipping Tags (Marjie Kemper)

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9 Comments

  1. […] posted four art journal pages:  Art Journal Page with Distress Inks, Journaling Without Words,  Art Journal Tutorial with Dylusions Ink Sprays, plus this one.  Mission accomplished!  I’m going to make sure to plan that kind of time […]



  2. Deanna Hanlin on September 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

    what stencil did you use in the picture under “stenciling”? It gives such depth



    • Marjie Kemper on September 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Hi, Deanna. That’s the Large Hall stencil from StencilGirl Products. It’s a favorite of mine!



  3. butterfly on August 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Wow – you always build intense colour so when you’re let loose with the Dylusions sprays it really catches fire! Amazing.
    Alison x



    • Marjie Kemper on August 25, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      What a lovely comment, Alison. Thank you! Hope all is well on your end!



  4. Alicia Willis on August 21, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I am so happy to have found you. I am taking your Craftsy class and I loved it. I have been practicing the blending…I think I am starting to embrace the imperfections because of it. I love your color combinations. Thank you



    • Marjie Kemper on August 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much for letting me know, Alicia. I’m delighted to hear you are embracing imperfections, and thanks for taking my class! Hope you will post your work in the Craftsy forum – I would love to see what you’re creating!



  5. Julie Steed on August 19, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I haven’t whipped out my ink sprays in a while. I love the vibrancy and bright colors of Dyan’s inks (just like her, aren’t they?). I need to get messy with them soon. Thanks, Marjie. Love your page and tips!



    • Marjie Kemper on August 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Julie. You are right about Dyan AND her vibrant colors!