Here's a page I had particular fun making in my 9X12 journal.  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.)

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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. Heather Smith on September 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    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. Melanie D on August 26, 2014 at 11:46 pm

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

  3. Mo,nica on August 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    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

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  5. lynn kopas on August 21, 2014 at 8:03 am

    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”!

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  7. Laura on August 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Gorgeous spread :)

  8. Donna Bowman on August 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    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.

  9. Lynne Moncrieff on August 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    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.

  10. Atticelf on August 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

    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.

  11. Gigi on August 16, 2014 at 1:24 am

    I like it!

  12. Tracy on August 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Love those intense colours.

  13. rachel on August 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm

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

  14. Renee Zarate on August 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful use of color! Great tut.

  15. Jenny Marples (Buttons) on August 15, 2014 at 11:27 am

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

  16. Jackie P Neal on August 15, 2014 at 7:30 am

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

  17. Carolyn Dube on August 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

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

  18. Silvia on August 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

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

  19. Anne R on August 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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

  20. Corrie on August 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

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

  21. Kirsten Alicia on August 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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

  22. Terry on August 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    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!

  23. Kay Wallace on August 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

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

  24. Corrine on August 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

    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

  25. Julie Tucker-Wolek on August 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

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

  26. kathy/NorthCarolina on August 14, 2014 at 6:26 am

    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!

  27. Pumpy on August 14, 2014 at 3:51 am

    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

  28. Astrid on August 14, 2014 at 2:05 am

    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!