Art Journaling with Pastes

Last week I was lucky to win Wendy Vecchi's new Embossing Pastes, and I played with one of them on these pages.  I had started this spread awhile ago, building up color and texture with gel medium and sharpie paint pens through stencils.  I added some background stamping with white Brilliance pigment ink.

With the new paste, I used Wendy's heart stencil (in whole and part) along with a brand new border stencil from Stencil Girl Products, designed by Jessica Sporn.  I went for a rough look but this paste is smooth and you can easily control it.  I like how parts of the blues show through it.

I'll be participating in Jessica's Stencil Test Drive with loads of other artists begining next month. (Click on the link if you'd like to see who and when.)  I'm flattered to be in their company and wish Jessica much success with her new line!

The Fun Borders stencil is great as is, and you can also use just parts as I did in scattering some stars and swirls across my page:



Simon Says Stamp and Show has hearts as a theme this week, and I'm linking to Fall Fearless and Fly for their cool colors prompt.

Thanks so much for the visist.



  1. Lisa Sackett on December 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful, Marjie! Always love your work sweet friend!

  2. Anna-Karin on December 3, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Very cool! Love the textured hearts and awesome blue textured background. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  3. stampersuzz on December 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Gorgeous pages! Love the effect of the paste with the mix of colors. Beautiful layouts! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  4. Helen Tilbury on December 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Really beautiful Marjie! I love how you can see some of the blues through the semi-transluscent heart! Looks great!!

  5. Anja on December 1, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Wonderful pages, the textures of the Embossing Pastes are awesome, love the dep colors too.
    Hugs Anja

  6. Michelle LaPoint Rydell on December 1, 2012 at 2:04 am

    This is so beautiful and dreamy Marjie! I love all the texture and the colors you used!

  7. Linda K on November 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Fabulous Marjie! Love that wonderful texturing you achieved on your pages!!

  8. Silvia on November 30, 2012 at 5:08 am

    A fantastic page with great texture on it.

  9. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on November 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

    The hearts are amazing Marjie…love this creation, you did so well!
    greetings, Alie :-)

  10. Lori on November 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Cool pages! Isn’t that paste awesome? I really like it. Love how the colors bleed thru a bit.

  11. Jeeves on November 29, 2012 at 5:56 am


  12. Lynne Moncrieff on November 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This would look so amazing as a Christmas card.
    Gorgeous use of the paste.

  13. Sandra on November 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Gorgeous pages! Love the embossing paste! It looks amazing, all that texture and pretty colors! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  14. kathy/NorthCarolina on November 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    It really does look like a nighttime sky, Marjie! I love all the shades of blue…and all the layers of texture. The paste is wonderful…all the swirls and ridges add so visual interest, and it just pops off the page.

  15. Janine on November 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Marjie, I love how it turned out. The texture is gorgeous. Love the stencils.

  16. Brenda Brown on November 28, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Congrats on the win Marjie and I love the textures on your journal pages, they provide fabulous dimension and contrast to the design.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  17. Kate on November 28, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Wow! What a great win. I really want to try this paste! I love your page! Fabulous texture and use of stencils.

  18. susan salyer on November 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Oh my gosh this is beautiful beautiful. I am looking forward to Christmas told Santa what i wanted.
    susan s.

  19. Heather Mayfield on November 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    This is so cool.

  20. Julie Tucker-Wolek on November 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Wowwwwwwwwwwww!! This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love love the colors, the textures, the hearts!!! And I totally forgot to answer your question the other day about my “Smile” mini album… I’m not lucky enough to own the Cameo (not in the budget! lol!!) … everything I used on there was from October Afternoon’s Midway collection :) Stickers, papers, ephemera … all of it!! :)

  21. Jessica Sporn on November 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    These are gorgeous pages. I love the faded rays and rounds, and then the pop of the embossing paste. So cool how you used the border both as a border and also as a design element on the page. This spread is so vibrant and peaceful, both at the same time! xo PS – and thanks for the shout out about my stencils!!

  22. Carolyn Dube on November 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Loving the texture! I esp. love how the colors mingle in the paste- love how you have so many elements but also a strong focal point!

  23. Barbara Ford on November 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Oh my goodness–must be trying those embossing pastes!

  24. Anita Houston on November 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Gorgeous Marjie…gorgeous! The rich color and texture of the heart is fabulous!

  25. Buttons on November 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Now there’s an idea! Paste over the top of the background. Hmmmm, you’ve got me thinking again. Thank you for sharing your clever and beautiful ideas. Hugs, Buttons x

  26. Gillian on November 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    The texture is stunning, great minds think alike lol. x

  27. Terry on November 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Guess what I am working on?? No not a journal, but a canvas! Don’t have a clue what I am doing, but it is happening! Love these pages, GF! Those hearts are pasty wonders! Hugs!

  28. Candy on November 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Oh wow, Marjie. Your art journal pages are amazing! I love the deep rich, night sky blue backgrounds and the wonderfully textural white hearts. As a matter of fact, all of the stenciling is fabulous! So striking against the blue. Love your design! Thanks for sharing your journal pages with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  29. Dorothy on November 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Looks awesome!

  30. Valerie-Jael on November 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Love this, it’s such fun working with paints and stencils! Valerie

  31. Susan on November 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I love the look of that thick paste… so much texture! And then varying it so the colors showed through – even better!!

  32. Anne R on November 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Love the fabulous blue background and the way the paste is thinner in places so the colours show through. The textures you have created are just amazing! Hugs, Anne x

  33. Renee Zarate on November 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This looks fantastic! Love the stencils and paste effect.

  34. Corrine on November 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

    This is a fantastic spread Marjie, the paste really blings it up and makes it stand out from the first glimpse. xox

  35. Nancy on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

    What a fun & beautiful set of pages!! Can’t wait to get my hands on some of Wendy’s paste!

  36. Michelle Salasar on November 27, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Those are beautiful pages and that paste is going to be such a fun product to create with!

  37. 2amscrapper on November 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Love what you did with Wendy’s new product. Wonderful pages!

  38. Alison on November 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The colours & texture are oh so yummy! Love it Marjie! x

  39. butterfly on November 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Marjie, this is simply glorious! I love the build up of whites in different depths and intensities against the fabulous blue, and the texture from those pastes is stunning!
    Alison x

  40. Julie Case on November 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

    WOW! Marjie, this is so beautiful! I love, love, love your texture. The way the colors swirl around in the paste is awesome!

  41. Judy Shea on November 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Oh luscious textures, Marjie. Love the stencils results… and the colors are so deep. I love the pastes. Haven’t heard of Wendy’s paste.. must check it out.