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Kemper art journal 10282014

This was a just for fun spread that came out in my large watercolor journal.

Kemper art journal A 10282014

I was this far along before I thought to take out the camera.

Kemper art journal B 10282014

I chose this gal stencil (one of Jessica Sporn’s StencilGirl designs) as focal point, and masked off the parts of the stencil I didn’t want to use before applying archival ink with an ink blending tool.

Kemper art journal C  10282014

Here she is with the addition of some black rays coming in from the top corner, as well as the bottom and right.

Kemper art journal D 10282014

I was testing the level of ink I had on those little burst stamps and decided I’d them more on my scrap paper than I would stamped on the page, so I punched them outand adhered them with mat medium.

Kemper art journal E 10282014

I usually like at least one word on a page, so I gave her a little inspirational saying.

Kemper art journal F 10282014

Here’s everything I used. I’ve been on a sorting/purging binge and now know (remember!) every colorant I own, and am determined they should all get more air time. Some of these are regulars for me, but I haven’t use the Primary Elements sprays in a year and the Tattered Angels one for about 5 years, and that is NOT cool.

black cabinet

Last Saturday the lovely Alison Bomber and I were able to squeeze in another visit while she’s here in the USA.  We went to a flea market and then found a wonderful antiques store that had the black cabinet featured above.  Oh my… it’s heavy metal, 3′ long and quite deep… with 10 drawers, 2 door, and a deep shelf… I am in heaven and it seems made for my space!

Soon I’ll be doing a studio post – I am so happy to be getting better organized and really ‘cleaning house’ in terms of supplies. When I got home from Art Is You I was determined to unpack with care, which prompted questions about what’s a keeper, what’s meant for donation, and what should be placed for resale.  I’ve also done a huge stamp sort and need to make plans for a virtual sale on over 100 of them.  I am motivated!

Speaking of resale… I’d really appreciate any ideas you might share in the comments about venues for that.  I know on Facebook the U.K. gals have an active declutter/destash group, but I am looking for one in the USA.  I’d rather pass on the Ebay and Etsy fees if possible.

Kemper art journal H 10282014

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  1. Love both the journalling and that fabulous cabinet. Jenny x

  2. Gorgeous art journaling, the colours are so beautiful! Love the girl.. X

  3. What a wonderful inspirational page! Love the sentiment! And what a stunning cabinet! Hugs, Sandra

  4. I think that is a wonderful spread. It’s so liberating. I have not heard of these declutter sales on line, but it sounds wonderful. I too would love to know of any in the US. I have been on a cleaning binge too, but have not gotten as far as I’d like. Most of the stuff I get rid of goes to friends or to a local school. Then I have room to get more “stuff”. Yikes!!!

  5. I always love to see that stencil by Jessica. It speaks of such hopeful longing in all of us. And glorious in PINK! xox

  6. a beautiful page, I love the colors and the saying goes great with the girl!

  7. Beautiful spread!!! That cabinet your found…. sweet!!! You lucky duck!!! 🙂

  8. Beautiful pages, gorgeous studio- LOVE the new cabinet as well as clock, as well as IKEA cabinet!! So glad that you and Alison were able to hit the flea again- lucky to spend such time together!
    As far as ideas? Let me know what you come up with! heehee I want in too! “)

  9. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Gorgeous page, I love the colours. And what a great find the cabinet was, it looks wonderful.

  10. Beautiful happy and lively colour and texture…and I think your studio looks great!

  11. I love it! x

  12. Marjie, I really like this spread. The color is fabulous! It is a very “freeing” page! Just love it! I also love your art space and what a find on that new cabinet! Love it for sure! Now, I would love to have one of those IKEA Trolley’s!! LOL That’s on my next big purchase plan! LOL Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity! Blessings

  13. Wow that rocks – a fabulous page. And your flea market store is fantastic. Lucky you :o)

  14. There must be something in the air because I am having a de-clutter too…. I love the new storage you got and it really does look at home in your studio. How lovely to meet up with Alison again too!

    Your page is beautiful, I love the gorgeous colours and the sentiment really suits the image you have created. Anne xx

  15. Another wonderful journal spread, Marjie. I love Jessica’s Rain stencil with all of its pieces and parts! You have used it beautifully here. There must have been an “organizational bug” floating around at Art-Is-You because I caught it, too! I decided I was so tired of having a huge creative space, but being reduced to about 12 square inches! I have the same carts (turquoise) as you, and find them invaluable! I tried to develop work stations (for instance, a paint table, a scrapbooking table, an “inky” table, etc.), but so many of my supplies are common to all. I was buying two or three of the less expensive supplies, but even that go expensive. My two carts are just perfect for moving among the tables! I, too, have a lot of things I will never in a million years use, but are still usable. I wasn’t organized enough before AIY to take things for the destash table there, but am boxing up gobs of stuff in my “clean up” now. So lovely that you got a second chance to play with Alison again! She won my first blog “giveaway” which included a Stampotique stamp!

  16. Marjie – your page came out so beautiful. I love that stencil girl stencil that you used. As far as the de-clutter, I too would love to know where a good place to unload is. I don’t like easy or ebay either and thought about craigslist but I don’t want any creepies coming around LOL…

  17. I seriously want to come over and have a play with you and all your studio goodies!!! LOVE your new addition too…what a find! Gorgeous large pages! LOVE the girl and all the space!

  18. Love all the pinks and layers – as always, beautifully composed and illustrated! Thanks for using that open hearted girl! (

  19. Gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the woman! And LOVING your new-to-you cabinet!!!!!!

  20. Hi Marjie, first of all, I always so enjoy your pages, this one is no exception, that girl looks wonderful! Your new studio acquisition looks fantastic too, and how fun on meeting up with Alison again! Well done on the studio clear out, I am trying to do something similar, but not getting very far as yet. I will pm you with an idea…..


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