Art Journaling Tutorial ~ Using Ink Sprays & Stencils

This is a long one…

Art Journal Tutorial with Dylusions Ink Sprays (Marjie Kemper)

Welcome!  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.) I’ve not yet figured out how to  best photograph this square journal as an open 2-page spread, so let me show you the pages individually right up front:

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

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

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.  There was still quite a bit of liquid left, so I used blank manila tags to sop it up.  They’ll be great for another project, another day. Figure 4 shows the first of the stenciling, using a basketweave brick stencil from Stencil Girl Products.

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

Next I added some stamping and bits of washi tape here and there, along with one of Tim Holtz’s journaling cards.

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

After I colored these girls (Teesha Moore stamps) using water brushes filled with Dylusions Ink Sprays, I stamped and cut out the sentiment, coloring it the same way.  The girls and the sentiment are adhered with Matte Medium.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the big Giveaway on my Facebook page.  Hurry over… I’ll be picking a random winner on Friday night!

Giveaway - Marjie Kemper Designs celebrates 800 Blog Posts

Here’s what’s in the Giveaway:

800 Blog Posts merit a Giveaway!

And last but not least, my interview with Heidi Easley will air on Friday, November 20.  Heidi has created a free series of interviews with 21 artists, called Creating From Your Soul. I’ve enjoyed listening to those that have already aired with artists including MaryBeth Shaw, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Pam Carriker, Jessica Sporn, and Carolyn Dube.

Creating From Your Soul - Free Interview Series (Heidi Easley with 21 mixed media artists) Marjie Kemper

Well thanks for sticking with me on such a long post.  Hope you have a great day!

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Love those colours and sweet gals Marjie! xx

  2. Margaret Griffiths says:

    love the colors

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

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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. Wonderful journal spread. Thank you for the fab tutorial.

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

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

  10. Soooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 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!



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