Art Journaling ~ What Would You Say?

Art journal with Tim Holtz Sizzix feather die and inkwell die (Marjie Kemper)

I saw a movie recently that touched on important messages from parents to children, which got me thinking about what I’d say if I had just one word of wisdom to impart. I didn’t come up with it, yet…. but I’m thinking!  Love, Trust, and Patience are all in the running.

Sizzix diecuts

These are Tim Holtz’s Sizzix dies (Block Type alphabet and Writing Desk – inkwell and feather) and the fountain pen is stamped and cut out.

Art journal with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies + Xyron Sticker Maker (Marjie Kemper)Xyron Adhesive

I used my Xyron® 3” Sticker Maker to adhere the ink well, feather, and letters to the page.  The journal is new to me. It’s an 8″ square version of the Global Arts Watercolor Book I use frequently.  I really like this new size a lot.  The background is done with Golden Paints and Ranger Inks, along with stamps and stencils.

StencilGirl Stencils

I like the way the gridlines from MaryBeth Shaw’s Squared On stencil are barely visible. I started out with the whole page in a grid format. Next, I painted over much of it to leave only some of the lines visible.  I think the lines are sort of mysterious as they fade in/out of the background. I’m linking to to this week’s theme at Simon Says Stamp.

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Lovely. I love the feather & pen…

  2. Beautiful page for a beautiful thought – the golden glow is just lovely.
    Do hope all went well with your surgery.
    Alison xx

  3. Beautiful journal page! Marjie. 🙂

  4. Hey, Marjie! Life has been topsy turvey this month, but I had to pop over and see what you’ve been up to. This piece is wonderful. Love the colors and the beautifully layered background. I want to watch you do this sometime! That white feather just pops off the page and the black elements anchor the piece so nicely. Love your work! Love you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I just love how your background stamping is so…well, background…it’s difficult to achieve that look (for me)…very nice.

  6. Great journal page, I love your use of Tim Holtz dies. Thanks for joining us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  7. A wonderful page in great colors.

  8. I love this page, Marjie! It appeals to be on so many different levels. I think basically, I must have been a writer on a previous life (ha!) because I so love it now. My family calls me the Grammar Queen (or worse)! Beyond that, I love all the texture and, therefore, interest in the background–including the gridlines surfacing here and there. Ah, but, then, there are the pen, quill and ink to speak to me! I think this has to be one of my all-time favorite Marjie pieces!!

  9. Fabulous page Marjie x love the colours and wonderful dies/stamps.

    Sending you hugs Annie x

  10. HUGE question to ponder…so heavy! Love that you transferred it onto a journal page! Great use of the pen and ink die too!

  11. love this page. Beautiful warm golden color and a very provocative question. Love that chicken wire drifting in and out too.

  12. Been thinking of you, good to hear that you are back on track. I love the subtlety of your stencilling on this page and I quite like the square shaped page too. As ever, your colours are wonderful. One word – now that is a hard one! Hugs, Anne x

  13. Love that background.

    One word? Dream

  14. I would say love or kindness! So happy that you are feeling better and that it went well! One word to describe this journal page “AWESOME.” Hugs!

  15. I would say too cool for school. You do awesome work my friend. xox

  16. Beautiful work. Hard to break wisdom down to one piece. Think for my girls, it would be to seek joy, especially when life is ugly.

  17. Gorgeous layers on this fab page Marjie! x

  18. Good to see you busy again, looks gorgeous!

  19. Hi Marjie. I have been AWOL from doing alot of blog surfing recently and am sure I’ve missed out on all kinds of fabulous stuff. 🙂 I wanted to thank you for your sweet comment you left on my blog about my mystery piece. I also wanted to leave a comment for you on your very cute tag. It has been so fun to watch your growth as an artist since we met online a few years ago. I so love your art journaling and how you’ve really taken flight with that. You do such a fabulous job of layering different elements to create such gorgeous pieces. <3 Candy

  20. Great design with such an important meaning – that is tough to come up with one word! Love how the feather pops with the white!

  21. Beautiful page! Hmmm you have me thinking too. One word of wisdom, WOW thats hard.

  22. This is beautiful!! I am loving that quote and the ink blotter!!!

  23. gorgeous Marjie!
    fine to hear that you are ok!

  24. One word is hard, but a great question. Love the rich background and the images Marjie and good to see you back. Been thinking of you.
    Take care.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  25. lovely…i love golden paints lovely art