Art Journaling ~ Pages in the Works


Here's a page I made with lots of my favorite mediums… inks, paints, gesso, embossing paste, and a few stencils that had gone astray years ago.  I've been organizing so I can have all my new StencilGirl stencils easily at hand and it sure has been fun using these oldies but goodies along the way.  I'm so excited to be on MaryBeth Shaw's new StencilGirl team… I posted about it a few days ago here.

This page started out with leftovers from when I was experimenting with the Darkroom Door Pressed Flowers Collage stamp for this project.  I always keep the cast-offs (ones I wouldn't use because the stamped impression wasn't a good one, or it was crooked, etc.) to use in building up an art journal page. It's buried a bit but there's a tag with the flowers to the right of the stenciled gal, and a few other parts of tags directly under her.


That rich border across the top and bottom has been waiting for its purpose since January.  It's a stencil designed by Jessica Sporn, and I used it in a blog hop back in February. I was playing around with it in January, seeing how I'd like to use it, and I applied Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste through it on the top and bottom of this page.  (The finished project for that assignment is here… you'll see I chose an entirely different border after all for that project, but I was still glad to have this one ready to go in my journal.) I love that Jessica's Borders stencil gave me so many different options.

Do you journal this way?  Where you have pages in the works for months without knowing what they'll end up becoming?  I know some people like to work in one book at a time, in page order, and that's just fine.  Whatever works for you!  I've got seven journals going right now and one is 95% finished but the rest have loads of ‘in the works' projects.  Curious how you do it…

Thanks for the visit!


Linking to Art Journal Every Day and Creative Every Day.


  1. Sandy Dehon on July 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Sounds like a great way to do an art journal Marjie. It’s like the journal says something different to you when you go back. Might be the same message or a whole new idea. I particularly love the background with this. Beautiful!

  2. Caroline on July 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Well this is absolutely to die for!! Had to zoom picture to really see all the amazing layers, stencil work & the embossed edges are fabulous.
    I have only recently started experimenting with AJ, only one complete, one deciding what to do with as it looks a mess. I do collect odd things & pop them between pages to maybe use in future. I also cut things or colours from catalogues, magazines. Haven’t even got a real journal, just a note book which I either stick water colour paper to (lent to me by mother) or scraps… As you can tell I have no idea what I am doing!!?? Lol… Bit like my commenting, haphazard! Love your work & want that stencil! I do have A LOT of stencils & masks, love them! :))

  3. Shahrul Niza on July 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Such joy to see the texture on the border!!. SO rich, and rough :). I LOVE how the colors get stuck in the texture. Beautiful spread. Sadly I have to say, haven’t been journaling much these days :).

  4. Sandra Mouwen on June 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Love the bright and happy colorful background! So rich with lots of different layers. And that stencil is fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  5. Shar on June 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

    So very pretty! Love the riot of color and your great design!

  6. Redanne on June 30, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Wonderful cheery colours, love the lady stencil too.

  7. Maria McGuire on June 30, 2013 at 2:08 am

    The colors!!! Happy!!! Great page!!!

  8. Caroline D. on June 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Love this!! Great colors and layers! And yes, some pages just do take months….lol…

  9. Meihsia Liu on June 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

    What a fantastic page, Marjie. I love all the vibrant colors and beautiful details. :)

  10. Renee Zarate on June 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I love all the layers! Beautiful colors.

  11. Diana on June 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

    do i ever love the colours on this page!! and the texture. i could look at it for some time and still not see everything!! and yes most certainly i do do that…start pages that i don’t finish right away!!

  12. Buttons on June 29, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Adore the mix of colours which make that young lady pop out of the page Marjie. So creative. Hugs, Jenny x

  13. Alison/craftytrog on June 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    This is a fabulous page Marjie…I love all the layers & texture…and the colours, of course! x

  14. Valerie-Jael on June 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Gorgeous colours here, they remind me of summer. Valerie

  15. Kay Wallace on June 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Totally impressed with this one, Marjie! Love all the elements–the color palette, the varied mediums, the almost palpable texture! But, my favorite element? The title! Brilliant! Not only has this particular piece been a work in progress for you, we all continue to be “works in progress” ourselves! But, strangely, I almost always complete an art project in only one to two sittings! Now, the resultant mess may last for weeks! ;-)

  16. Carolyn Dube on June 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I have so many that take months and months because I leave them and forget about them until I flip through the journal. Love all the texture and colors in this!

  17. Jessica Sporn on June 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    WOW – what a spectacular riot of color! Thank you so much for the shout out and love love what you did with the modeling paste. xo

  18. Judy Shea on June 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

    What an exciting page. Those colors and layers WOW me.

  19. Paper Profusion on June 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Fabulous colours Marjie!! Amazing work with superb energy and happiness! Nicola x

  20. Silvia on June 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

    A wonderful page in great colors and texture.

  21. Corrine on June 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Oh I love this explosion of color from you – WOWZA xox

  22. Krisha on June 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

    LOVE the black against the bright colors, fantastic page!!

  23. Barbara Ford on June 28, 2013 at 11:24 am

    This is gorgeous! I am drawn to bright colors, so I am now permanently attached to your page!!

  24. Lucy Edmondson on June 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

    This is absolutely glorious, Marjie, I love it!

    Lucy x

  25. samara on June 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

    hey there beautiful! this page is awesome. your colors strike me as completely passionate and intense and wonderful and so drawing in! i love the womyn in the pic. just how we should be. you really captured something special with this. i also really like the boldness and black of your words. the stencilling is awesome! love and hugs.

  26. Julie Tucker-Wolek on June 28, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Wowwwwwww! This is stunning! LOVING the bold colors and that girl is FABULOUS!!!

  27. Kate on June 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

    So bright! Loving your crazy background with the silhouette of that lovely lady. A perfect contrast.

  28. susan salyer on June 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

    oh this is sweet love the image and the array of colors
    susan s

  29. Helen Tilbury on June 28, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Beautiful page – love the mix of colours & textures!! Almost everything I do is from start to finish straight through. I’m not one for things in the works although I do have a few but they are more accidental, where I wasn’t happy & abandoned it or got disturbed…

  30. Annie G on June 28, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Beautiful colours and that stencil is fab Marjie. Your art journalling is amazing. I kinda struggle with the spraying on stencils… there a knack to it? Best wishes to you and yours

    Have a great weekend

    Annie x

    • Marjie Kemper on June 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thanks so much, Annie. This page has no sprays – archival inks and paints applied with ink blending tools and makeup sponges through the stencils. A lot easier to control than sprays, for sure!

  31. Brenda Brown on June 28, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Wonderful colours Marjie and you have achieved incredible depth with all the layers, it’s as if the pretty girl is standing in a room of moving coloured lights and projected imagery. I really need some lessons my friend as I am sad to say even though I have got several journals I don’t use them. I always end up with colours I don’t like.
    Have a great day and a fabulous weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  32. Donna on June 28, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Beautiful color to go with you beautiful pages! Gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing!