Art Journaling with ATCs and Stencils (Tutorial)

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

Welcome! Today I’m sharing a spread in my art journal that measures 12″ wide and 8″ high when open. Stick with me till the end and you’ll find 2 prizes for National Craft Month.

I started out with a mix of DecoArt fluid acrylic paints (Diarylide Yellow and Quinacridone Gold) and a bit of stenciling with ink.

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

I often use Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) as practice ‘real estate’ and today I decided to raid my box of ATCs-in-progress to get this page started. Most have some color and maybe a bit of stenciling.

art journal 5 tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

ATCs make great additions to larger projects. I pulled two from the orange/red family to start.

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

I stamped the face on two ATCs thinking it would look neat layered this way. In the end I found it was too dark, so I stamped it over and over again on other ATCs from a similar color palette and cut and layered a new face/eyes. I also stamped another ATC with this beautiful “Breathe” stamp from Stampers Anonymous.

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

This next piece was in the box with the ATCs, but it’s not really one… just close in size. It was embossed with one of Tim Holtz’s texture fades and colored with ink.

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

I wanted to give the lady some words and decided to go with Lost & Found.  Imagine my delight when I spotted the word ‘and’ in the middle of the word “Wander” on this stencil!  Sooooo much better than stenciling each letter individually.

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

Lots more stenciling finished it off, and that’s a strip of washi tape down the center spine.

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

art journal tutorial with ATCs and stencils (Marjie Kemper)

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAYS:  I’m celebrating National Craft Month with a gift of two free seats in my Craftsy class, Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects.  You can see a 2-minute preview video below, and leave a comment on the two Giveaway  Posts (One Free Class) (Four Free Classes).  I will announce the winners on March 14th. Good luck!

 

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Comments

  1. love the way you used the ATCs in your journaling and the journal turned out great. Thanks for the great inspriration.

  2. A great journal spread, Marjie, and I love your inclusion of ATCs! I put mine in a binder and I never think to use them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Alisa Reeder says:

    What is a ATC?

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      They are Artist Trading Cards, Alisa. They are the same size as baseball cards.

  4. Lovely journal pages! Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Love this spread! Colors are so vivid. Thanks for the tip on adding ATC’s in progress.

  6. Kim Beldowski says:

    Love the colors…thanks for the tutorial .

  7. This looks like a great class, so interested!

  8. Barbara Ferrell says:

    Another beautiful journal page. I love the colors and the context.

  9. Madhvi Shah says:

    U always think out of the box.what a combination of atc. Stencils

  10. Great step by step on this one Marjie, Cool idea how you integrated the ATCs and the embossed piece of card into your spread. Love the warm colours too!

  11. Beautiful layout, wonderful colours and brilliant design Marjie! x

  12. Beautiful! Love that Breathe stamp!

  13. Sooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Nardja Segui says:

    Love it!!!

  15. Tracy Evans says:

    Wow love your ATC collection and lovely idea to keep them and use them in your journal. Love the warmth of the colours on this page. Gorgeous Marjie. Tracy x X