Art Journaling Tutorial ~ Using Ink Sprays & Stencils

Today I'd like to share how to use Ink Sprays & stencils in your art journal. Thanks for stopping by!

Art Journal Tutorial with Dylusions Ink Sprays (Marjie Kemper)

I've been enjoying slowly building this spread in my art journal this week. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see step-outs in real time. Here are the pages individually:

Marjie Kemper art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays & StencilGirl stencils 7

Marjie Kemper art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays & StencilGirl stencils 8

Color Choices

I used three of the ‘cool' colors of Dylusions Ink Sprays (Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, and Vibrant Turquoise) plus water.

Art Journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays & Stencil Girl stencils (Marjie Kemper)

As you can see in Figure 1, you need to use quite a bit of spray plus water to make your colors run.  I did that to the right hand page, then squeezed my book shut to transfer the color to the left page.  See the free downloadable at the bottom of the page for Tips & Tricks.  Since there was still quite a bit of liquid left, so I used blank manila tags to sop it up.  I will use them another day. Figure 4 shows the first of the stenciling, using a basketweave brick stencil from Stencil Girl Products.

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Click to download my Dylusions Ink Sprays Tips & Tricks (Marjie Kemper)

I added a bit of stamping once the page was dry.

Marjie Kemper art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays & StencilGirl stencils 5

After I colored the girls (Teesha Moore stamps) using water brushes filled with Dylusions Ink Sprays, I stamped and cut out the sentiment.

Marjie Kemper art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays & StencilGirl stencils 6

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  1. […] started out with a tag I had left over from my last art journaling tutorial and added some ink through a […]

  2. Alison/craftytrog on November 24, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Love those colours and sweet gals Marjie! xx

  3. Margaret Griffiths on November 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    love the colors

  4. susan salyer on November 23, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Hi there..I feel inspired to play with my new stencil girl stencil now. love your ideas.

  5. Corrine on November 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Fun colors, you know these are in my palette. xox

  6. Anne R on November 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Gorgeous colours and stencilling and that is a great tip about using the tags to ‘mop up’ the excess spray. I watched your video interview and it was brilliant, you are such a natural – I look forward to your videos next year now – and thanks for the great tips! Anne xx

  7. Kathy Bradley on November 20, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Beautiful pages and colors. The stamps are wonderful You know, I never used to like greens or oranges – but after using them in mixed media, I have become quite fond of those colors. And, your sentiment is wonderful!

  8. Kirsten on November 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Wonderful journal spread. Thank you for the fab tutorial.

  9. Terry on November 20, 2015 at 11:46 am

    What fabulous backgrounds and your colors are just stunning! Marjie, the girls are so cool! Have a great weekend!

  10. Renee Zarate on November 20, 2015 at 12:05 am

    You did a great job on those backgrounds, wonderful colors. The Zetti girls are amongst my faves.

  11. Julie Tucker-Wolek on November 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Soooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Sally Miller on November 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Woohoo! Love all those gorgeous colours, looks lovely & bright now the seasons have lost their vibrancy :-) always good to see your journal pages & I always feel like I need to go play with my inks!