Art Journaling ~ Boundaries (Tutorial)


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Here’s a page I had particular fun making in my 9X12 journal. I’m linking it to the challenges at Inspiration Emporium (one of the sponsors of our Compendium of Curiosities Challenges!), Art Journal Every Day, and Mixed Media Monthly.  It started out with a few scrapes of modeling paste through one of Tim Holtz’s layering stencils.  I added a bit of Primary Elements mists but decided they weren’t bold enough for what I wanted today, so out came the Dylusions Ink Sprays.  How I love playing with them!

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I placed a favorite StencilGirl Products stencil over the page, misted Dylusions Ink Sprays all around and then misted heavily with water to help the colors run.

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A paper towel roll mops up the excess (yep, I saved that piece for something else – couldn’t throw away all that color!)

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I didn’t like how concentrated the purple was so I went to a stash of stamped leaves (a Dyan Reavely stamp) and misted them with Pure Sunshine to lighten up that section.  I went through a phase a few years ago where I stamped a bunch of images and then would cut them out while watching TV… it’s led to some very helpful moments in crafting to have that stash available.) Kemper art journal - boundaries 5 of 8

I added more stamps and stencils, including this StencilGirl one designed by Carolyn Dube.  I don’t normally tape down but wanted to here because the word I was using was smack in the middle of the stencil, and I was afraid I’d tap over into another ‘unwanted’ word by mistake.

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Wanting to give the stenciled butterfly (bottom right) a body, I turned to my Sizzix collection to see what I had that might work.  Tim’s weathered clock hand and pen nibs were all good options.

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As you can see, I went with the nib, and I also embossed it in a Texture Fade to make it stand out a bit more.  Same with the letters “No” which were diecut to match the stenciled word.

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In case you missed it, last week I put up a new Blended Batik Tutorial Video on YouTube showing a neat technique with Ranger’s Distress Inks. I started out on a tag, and ended up doing the technique in a larger art journal.

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  1. I have not got into art journaling but am in total awe at those that have. This is stunning Margie! I love the texture, the dimension and the vibrant colours you used. Thank you for sharing your talent with us over ot Inspiration Emporium this month.

  2. Great project! Thanks for joining the August Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  3. Oh Marjie… As always I love and adore your work. The fab vibrant colors, the design elements, texture.. Yes you have it all. And as many of the others who left comments said : the yellow leaves make a great impact and makes it pop.
    Thank you for always sharing and spread inspiration. Highly appreciated !!!!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  4. Beautiful!!!

  5. Gorgeous art journal page! Love the colors and all the textures! Thanks for the step by step too – I love seeing everyone else’s process. Thanks for joining us in this month’s Mixed Media Monthly Challenge “Stencils and Pastes”!

  6. Gorgeous spread 🙂

  7. What a gorgeous page. I love how you added the texture and I really enjoyed seeing your process. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  8. What struck me is how tidy you are when crafting. Seriously, you are tidy and organised, I need to follow your lead!
    That splash of yellow works an absolute treat against the purple – a great page.

  9. This is gorgeous, Marjie! Such yummy colors. I always forget about using little die cut pieces for things like bug bodies – great idea. And I LOVE the first stencil you used.

  10. I like it!

  11. Love those intense colours.

  12. Another beautiful page! thanks for sharing all your great tips and techniques! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  13. Beautiful use of color! Great tut.

  14. What a stunning design Marjie and so good to see it ‘in the making’. Jenny x

  15. Marjie- those colors- wow oh wow!!! I love them!! They soaked me right into the page! Great tutorial- thank you so much for sharing!! “)

  16. You are the master of layers! Never would have guessed with where it came from!

  17. That’s a wonderful page, great colors again. Love the yellow leaves on the dark purple, great effect.

  18. Gorgeous colours on your beautiful page, I love the stencil in the background and the way you have made those leaves cascade. Anne xx

  19. Beautiful page, Marjie. I love those bright colours; they make the black pop !
    Corrie x

  20. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Fantastic page, I love the layers of stencilling & the colours are great.

  21. One day I seriously need to spend a day just on your blog to learn a little bit about art journaling. I love this page and the pop of those leaves. Your rock, GF!

  22. Very well done, Marjie! I love how you misted Dyan’s leaves and added them to counteract all that purple! A great save!

  23. Really nice Marjie. The leaves really did the trick to light your whole page. Like your paper towel roll over technique. Simple and quite effective…xox

  24. So gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the leaves!!!!!

  25. You always build such amazing poetic imagery into your art journal pages. I love this bold butterfly, escaping from the shadows and bursting into the light. It lifts my heart! The colors in this are amazing. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, Marjie!

  26. I always enjoy your work, have at least stared a journal, but a long way to go before I can show it. This page
    No Boundaries, is amazing how it has so much depth. Keep going xxx

  27. Fab page Marjie, cutting out those leaves at the time must have been a lot of work, but well worth it now as they really make the page pop!