Art Journaling with Inchies Tutorial

Art Journaling with Inchies

Inchies are 1″ squares that can be used singly or as part of a large project.  Believe it or not, their ‘cousins’ are called twinchies. I can’t make this stuff up! Check out this Pinterest Board devoted to Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), Inchies, and Twinchies.Art journal tutorial with inchies - Marjie Kemper

My friends at Creative Carte Blanche have launched a brand new challenge blog and the first challenge is to try something you’ve never done before. I’ve always been drawn to inchies (1″ square pieces of art… tiny real estate!) but have never given them a try. So here’s something ‘new to me.’

Blotter Paper = Inchie Heaven

Art Journal with Inchies tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I started out with a 12″ piece of manila cardstock.  I’d used this as a blotter on art journal pages previously sprayed with Dylusions Ink Sprays. That’s why the colors are a bit faint – they were a second impression, rather than a full-on spray.

Art Journal with Inchies tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I used a 1″ square punch to quickly cut all my pieces.

Old School Art Supplies ~ Paper Punches & Wood Stamps

Art Journal with Inchies tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I went ‘old school’ and got out some very old wood-mount stamps. These haven’t seen the light of day for a long time, which reminds me to look through all my drawers now and then!

Art Journal with Inchies tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

And then the fun began with lots of other stamps, stencils, and ink.

Art Journal with Inchies tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

I ran all the Inchies through my Xyron machine using a re-positionable adhesive so I could lift the pieces up again and again as I sorted out my grid. It was fun and sure is different for me.  Why not pop over to Creative Carte Blanche and try something new?

Art Journal with Inchies tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

If you’d like to see more of my journaling, check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   The class is called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media EffectsSign up here for the newsletter for a discount. Here’s a 2-minute preview video:


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  1. You know what’s awesome about your art (besides that fact that it is, truly, awesome art)? It’s so YOU! You have such a cool, singular style; you’ve really developed a sophisticated look that’s all your own, and it’s fabulous, girl! Inchies? You OWNED the inchies! Love it, and love you!

  2. Loving the inchies!! (Something I’ve never tried either and I shall definitely be doing now.) Love your classic Marjie color palette and stamping. Fantastic! Thanks for joining and inspiring others at Creative Carte Blanche.

  3. Such a fun and colorful project, Marjie! Really fun idea to use those inchies like that! Hugs, Sandra

  4. Girl! This is fabulous! So happy you joined us at Creative Carte Blanche!!! Love what you did with the inchies! wink…I think I need those letter’s amazing what we find when we start digging isn’t it??? Missing you! and hugs.

  5. Hey Marjie, I’m gutted I missed you today!! Anyway I lurve your inches and I’ve enjoyed your scopes!! Thanks for sharing! Would love a chance of winning the brushes you featured on your periscope…. Could you hear me swoon?? Have a great day!

  6. Ah, Marjie – so glad you joined us over at Creative Carte Blanche! You know, I had almost forgot about “inchies”. Thanks for bringing them back! They really are a creative and fun way to tell and story and use up supplies at the same time! Love it and you!

  7. Cheryl Grigsby says:

    Marjie!! I love your inchie art! Its a new look for you and yet keeps the Marjie-soul we’ve come to know and love. So cool, I’m inspired and will play with this technique today!

  8. Jane Castle says:

    Love this, the colours are so vibrant. Never made inches, looks like fun X

  9. Gigi Black says:

    Those are pretty cool. Inchies are a nice break from working big and I find them fun to make.

  10. Marjie…this is amazing! I love your colors and this idea of using inchies for art journal pages. This is great tutorial, too. Thanks so much for sharing this for everyone at Creative Carte Blanche.

  11. Different for you but done with your usual flair and style! I love it! Anne xx

  12. Love your project here, Marjie…inch by inch!

  13. Cool to see inchies!!! I LOVE what you’ve done!!!

  14. Your inchies look fantastic! So colourful! I love how you laid them out!

  15. Like your inchies page!

  16. So glad you had fun with inchies, I really like that you made a page from them!


  17. Wow, Marjie!! This was awesome! Love the colour and the letter stamps (I’ve got these myself 🙂 ) You turn everything into WOW and that I admire about you.
    Hugs, Anita

  18. Ohhhhhhhh this is gorgeous! I love it!!!!!!!!

  19. Colleen Gilgenbach says:

    I love all the color and the inspiration to play

  20. Great use of inchies, Marjie! What timing…a group I’m in is going to swap inchies soon. Feeling inspired. 🙂

  21. Your inchies are fantastic Marjie! Bet we’ll be seeing more of them from you! Thanks for sharing with Let’s Play!

  22. Great idea, – love your inchie piece!