Art Journaling Between the Lines, #1

Art journaling series - Between the Lines, #1 (Marjie Kemper)Art journaling series - Between the Lines #1 - Stephen King quote (Marjie Kemper)

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Art journaling with stencils - a new blog series - Between the Lines #1 - Stephen King quote (Marjie Kemper)


Between the Lines series

Welcome! I’m starting a new blog series today that focuses on adding handwritten journaling through stencils. A blog series is any number of posts that share a recurring theme.  For this one, I’m using the lines on stencils as journaling spaces.  Here’s the first installment:

Art journaling series - Between the Lines - Stephen King quote (Marjie Kemper)

If you’ve been here more than once, you have a pretty good idea of my love of stencils.  In particular, I am drawn to grids/lines.  I tend to use MaryBeth Shaw’s designs from StencilGirl a lot. This one is designed by Michelle Ward and it’s called Intersections:

Art journaling series - Between the Lines - Stephen King quote (Marjie Kemper)

I started out just adding two colors of paint to the page before laying the stencil on top.  Then I added more paint with stenciling through the small Centered Circles from StencilGirl and the numbers stencil from Dyan Reaveley.  Of course, my blues and yellows made green.

Journaling with Stencils

I’ve used this stencil so many times, but now I can’t stop seeing those lines as journaling spaces.  I chose a quote from Stephen King for this one: “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” Love it!

Art journaling series - Between the Lines - Stephen King quote (Marjie Kemper)

And here are a few more close-ups:

Art journaling series - Between the Lines - Stephen King quote (Marjie Kemper)

Art journaling series - Between the Lines - Stephen King quote (Marjie Kemper)

Art journaling series - Between the Lines - Stephen King quote (Marjie Kemper)

Hope you like the new series. I will be back with another installment next month.

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Finally catching up on some of my favorite artist’s work – this is so cool, love how you made the quote flow with the gridlines.

  2. Kathy C Bradley says:

    This is going to be an awesome series of posts – I already love your work!

  3. Liz Walters says:

    I must be a winner because I’ve followed you way before you were FAMOUS!! If I don’t win I will have to order a subscription which I will do anyway but don’t have to start with the current issue! Yeah!!!! You rock!!

  4. Jill McDowell says:

    This is one of those “Wht didn’t I think of that moment”. I too am a huge fan of Stencil Girl Stencils. I really like your page and will use this technique in the future. Thanks foe sharing.

  5. I love the idea of using the stencil space to journal. Great quote too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. It really is a fabulous stencil and it is a great idea to use it to journal words with – love your very neat writing too! Anne x

  7. A fabulous page Marjie – love the wonderful mix of colours and such a super way of journalling. Off to have a look at what I have! Thanks for the inspiration. Jennie x

  8. Kay Wallace says:

    Love this idea, Marjie!!

  9. Marjie, what a fabulous page, and a clever way to look at stencils for journaling. Looking forward to more from your series – nice start!

  10. I love the idea of this new jounalling series and I will definitely be following it. I did your inventive ink class at Craftsy and it is one of my faves. I go back to it time and time again. Thank you for the inspiration <3

  11. This is just a beautiful page, the Stephen King quote really spoke to me also! Thank you for sharing your fantastic work, it’s so inspiring.


  1. […] Here is the second installment in my new Blog Series, Between the Lines.  As you might know, I have a bit of a stencil stash. This series lets me highlight one at a time in a unique way. I’m pairing handwritten quotes with the lines created inside stencil designs. You can see the first installment here.  […]