Today’s subject is Art Journaling Make it Happen.

Art Journaling Series - Between the Lines - Make it Happen Quote - Marjie Kemper

Between the Lines Series

Welcome! This is the third installment in my Between the Lines blog series.  It's all about art journals and stencils. For this series, I find space between the stencil lines for handwritten journaling.  Since I seem attract/collect/amass stencils, I have a few to choose from when I work in this series!

Art Journaling Make it Happen

You can the first two pages here: Art Journaling Between the Lines, #1 and Art Journaling Between the Lines, #2.

Between the Lines #3 Art journal series Marjie Kemper

I started out by adhering old book paper to my page. Matte Medium is my go-to wet adhesive, but you can use whatever you like. It helps to use a brayer or bone folder to smoosh (highly technical term) out any air bubbles.

Make it Happen - Art Journaling Series - Between the Lines Tutorial Step #1 - Marjie Kemper

Next, bring on the paint! This is just a wash of paint. I went with several layers and a few different colors.

Make it Happen - Art Journaling Series - Between the Lines Tutorial Step #2 - Marjie Kemper

The fun begins when the stencils arrive. This is from a French company called Carabelle. 

Make it Happen - Art Journaling Series - Between the Lines Tutorial Step #3 - Marjie Kemper

Bumping a Stencil

Can you see the slight shadow of  light colored paint behind the black stenciling? That's a stenciling technique called ‘Bumping.'  The way it works is you stencil with one color paint, let dry, then ‘bump' the stencil slightly and use a different color paint on top of the first.  It gives a nice effect and looks like you did more work than you actually did.

Art Journaling Make it Happen - Blog Series - Between the Lines - Marjie Kemper

I usually attribute these quotes to their author, but when I googled this one there was no single source. “Make it Happen” can be traced back to artists, athletes, poets, and many many more.  I like the “Chop, chop!” “Just do it!” nature of this quote.

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Marjie

3 Comments

  1. butterfly on February 1, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Lovely idea to find writing space amidst the stencilling. The golden glow of this page is gorgeous, as is the stencil-bumping, and I love your handwritten addition between the lines.
    Alison x



  2. Anne R on January 25, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    A beautiful page Marjie, that really is a fabulous stencil and the bumping is such a great technique! xx



  3. Julie Tucker on January 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Love love love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!