Art Journal Tutorial with Dylusions Ink Sprays

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

Art Journal Tutorial

This 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… hence the name… and this week, my quote is the theme.  I chose a quote that is often attributed to Abe Lincoln:  “Whatever You Are, Be a Good One.” Turns out it may in fact have come from William Makepeace Thackeray.

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

And here’s my page. If you’re a regular here you know 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 getting the base layer of colors down, 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 and ideally your page must be totally dry before you add another layer.  In cases where it’s not, and your stenciling is therefore not very defined, you can use an ink blending tool and a regular ink pad to create more definition.  My photo (below, right) shows archival ink defining that stencil.

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

Stamping

Stamps?  Wood stamps?  Yum.  That’s all I can add here.

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

I wanted that tag to melt into the art journal page so I put it on top of the page, and replaced the stencil back over the tag and page, and added ink with the blending tool again.  Make sense? See how it looks like it was all stenciled at once? I love that!

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. 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)

A 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)

Do you like art journal tutorials? If you’d like to see more of what I do with Dylusions Ink Sprays, check out my online class with Craftsy.  It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects and it comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee. Newsletter subscribers receive an automatic discount code for the class, so sign up here for the newsletter if interested.

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

Thanks so much for the visit!  Remember to check out Colour Me Positive and consider joining this week’s challenge. I would really love to see what you make with this quote as the inspiration.

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Marjie

Your comments are very much appreciated!

Comments

  1. Deanna Hanlin says:

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

    • Marjie Kemper says:

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

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

  3. Alicia Willis says:

    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 says:

      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!

  4. 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!

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