Art Journaling ~ Imagine the Possibilities


Here’s an art journal page using the new Triangles Background stamp from Darkroom Door along with Gel Medium, Paint, and Archival Inks by Ranger.  I also used some favorite stencils and a few older stamps from Stampers Anonymous.  This background stamp from Darkroom Door is quite large (6″ wide) and would make a bold background stamped repeatedly in its entirety:


You can also roll the Triangles Background and use small sections of it, getting just a few triangles here and there (as I did here, rolling it without a mount):


I used Gel Medium through a large triangle stencil as a base and then stamped the smaller triangles on top of it. I used Ranger’s Distress Markers to color in some of the triangles and all of the letters.  The idea for the old fashioned stenciled letters came from Carolyn Dube’s free online workshop, Use Your Words. While you’re there check out her blog… tons of inspiration waiting for you!

This page went on the Darkroom Door blog last week with several other ideas for using the same stamp.  I’m linking to Art Journal Every Day and Simon Says Stamp and Show (Favorite Ink challenge ~ Jet Black Archival by Ranger is my go-to ink pad.)

Thanks so much for the visit!



Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. That is one heck of a background stamp Marjie and you’ve shown it off to real advantage here. Hugs, Jenny x

  2. What a great art journal page ! Love all the stencils and the that stamp is really pretty! I could be a stencil too. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  3. Laura Gonzalez says:

    This is absolutely lovely. I’m new to this whole art journaling thing, and was wondering about keeping the inks from running. Did you then spray the blue on top of everything? Thanks!

  4. Love this Marjie! Fabulous layers and depth and gorgeous colours.

  5. Great depth and beautiful colours Marjie, you are going from strength to strength with your art.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  6. stampersuzz says:

    So many layers of cool inks and colors. Love the triangles in the background! Beautiful page! Glad you joined in on the challenge with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  7. That’s a clever trick, to softly use stamp without the mounting … and the whimsy, dreamy effect on the triangles are gorgeous. I LOVE that you showed us how you made it, great tutorial :). HUGS.

  8. Jet Black is top! Love this page Marjie! The title in itself is so thought provoking, but I really love the face there…just perfect! Those triangles are an excellent background stamp too! Awesome blue too! Thank you for getting inky with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  9. Fabulous art journal page! Such true words! Rolling the stamp is such a great idea for such a wonderfully large stamp!

  10. Katie B. says:

    Love this page! I came by via the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog…wonderful work, I love how you find unexpected things in the page. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  11. I bought some red and some black Ranger Archival ink a few weeks ago online – they just arrived and they are so nice. The stamped imageS look very criSp. I love that triangle stamp too. Would be very awesome for backgrounds but I don’t have an acrylic block big enough – it’s huge!

  12. WOW Marjie! I love your art journal page! Those triangles, both stamped and stenciled are amazing! They really pop. I love all of the other stamps you’ve randomly used in your background as well. The Distress Markers really popped some of those triangles as well. Thanks so much for sharing your art and your techniques with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  13. A fantastic page, great details.

  14. A gorgeous page, Marjie…great colours and designs. the stamp is so nice!

    kind regards, Alie 🙂

  15. Marjie…I love this color combo. The triangles draw my eye right to the wonderful sentiment…and then they travel around to uncover all the hidden treasures in this page: the beautiful face, the script, the wonderful compass….really fun to look at!

  16. Love your page Marjie! The transparency in your shapes and patterns is very captivating! And I need that triangle stamp!

  17. I love that stamp! I reallt like how you snuck those faces in. Fabulous journal pages.

  18. cool idea rolling that stamp. very cool page!

  19. Wow… with all those layers of stencilling and stamping the effect is absolutely three-dimensional. I feel I could reach inside this page – amazing work!
    Alison xx

  20. I love the depth!

  21. WOW! How very beautiful. Intriguing background ans a great choice of stamp images. Best, Suzanne x

  22. always so inspired by your use of various supplies and the way you combine colors and textures – LOVE IT!

  23. Really love the fabulous background you have created, especially the way you overstamped the face, it looks amazing. Always love it when you use blues too and love the way you used that large DD stamp. Hugs, Anne xx

  24. You are such a creative artist, Marjie! I love how your background is so full of life and texture and interest, yet you have kept it as a background and allowed your message to command center stage! Beautifully managed!

  25. Love that big stamp, I can see all sorts of uses for a stamp that large and moveable. Fab how you have used it to create a bold image and page for yourself! xox

  26. Marjie, I always love your mix of mediums, images and stencils! Another fabulous journal page, GF! Hugs!

  27. So gorgeous!! LOVING the colors and that quote!!!

    • I love this page. I love the colors..especially the purple on blue and the stamp you use.I love the stencil and the sentiment..awesome.
      susan s