Kemperjournal22213Here are some deep thoughts from Dyan Reaveley's sentiment stamps, included on an art journal page that began, oddly enough, last October.  I made this page then:

It's one of my favorites. I love the colors and how heavy the page is (loads of extra heavy gesso embedding the tags), and that I used so many different materials, including some very old ones. And also because it made all three of my sisters wonder which one I was talking about!

Once you make an odd-sized page, though, you need another idea for the back of it. Slowly over these last few months I've added bits of ‘mop up' to it.  Stencils and paint really built it up and then I thought to number the sentiments, like rules to live by.

Kemperjournal22213a And don't you love Dyan's sentiment stamps?

If you read the older post you'll see my rave review of Julie Fei-Fen Balzer and how I got the page with embedded tags idea during one of her classes. If you get the chance to take a class with Julie, do!

And if you're in New England and you have time tomorrow, come join me at the Great American Stamp Store for my art journaling class… there's one seat left!

Thanks for the visit.


Linking to Art Journal Every Day.


  1. Silvia on February 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I’m missing words, such a fantastic piece of art. Great texture and details.

  2. giogio on February 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Such texture and colours ! Gorgeous pages Marjie!

  3. Jeeves on February 25, 2013 at 5:43 am


  4. froebelsternchen on February 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    oh my gosh..what great composition.. the colors are aweosome to this and everthing goes so fantastic togehter!

  5. Anita Houston on February 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I hope your class was amazing! This page sure is! The red rocks! The tags and Dyan quote do! Oh the layered colors and stencils and bits of images….LOVE!!!!

  6. sara j on February 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I am SO excited to know (finally) how to add something to my art journal. Thank you!!! This page is amazing. I love all the layers and colors. Really beautiful Margie!! Great work!!!

  7. Vada on February 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Oh My Little Lady!!! This is over the top!!! Colors are so rich, bold and knock OUT!!
    Love it..
    Hugs Vada

  8. linda on February 24, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Beautiful page Marjie. I love all that red. Like the idea of embedding those tags to form a page too. I’ll have to look that one up!

  9. Wanda Hentges on February 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Fab page!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Michelle Webb on February 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    OMG! This is even better on your blog! WOW!!!!!!!! I really love it Marjie. Love your journaling too as well as all the colours and tags! Awesome! Michelle x

  11. kathy/NorthCarolina on February 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Oh, that page made me giggle! And the “companion” is equally wonderful. Love the vibrant colors, and the text that lies behind the numbers. Fab sentiments and amazing texture. I love the way the yellows/golds illuminate the page. That is my favorite part!

  12. Marja on February 23, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I have no words for it Marjie, such a great artwork and beautiful, beautiful colors and combination.
    lovely greet and nice weekend

  13. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on February 23, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Great pages Marjie with impressive colouring!!! And of course your gorgeous creativity!!!
    have a nice weekend, Alie :-)

  14. Cath on February 23, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Wonderful, Marjie – I can almost feel those pages – I used to do pages like that all the time! Lovely – puts me more in mind of an altered book than a journal but fabulous work and a great idea x

  15. Kooky on February 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Your page has heaps of depth & feeling and I like the vibrant colours. I really like pages that evolve over time much more than ones I do in one sitting, they always seem more alive to me.

  16. Kate on February 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Great vibrant colors. Love the tags. Makes me want to start art journalling again. Great pages.

  17. Micki on February 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    That is gorgeous. Love the deep, vibrant colors!!!!! And yes, love her sentiments! I just took her Gelli Plate online class and love her. I plan on taking some more, but am having to scale back a bit. I do the Donna Downey online monthly canvas one, Lifebook, SheArt, Junelle Jacobson, lol….. oh yeah and just signed up to take two live classes in OKC…. a 6 hour drive.
    I am just lovin’ that red color :-).

  18. chris on February 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Wow! Those colours…the tags…the quotes…the mop -ups!! Love it all…Amazing!!! Chrisx

  19. Dianne on February 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Fantastic page! I love the colors, and I am always looking for ideas to use tags. Terrific sentiments too…it’s a good thing to have positive phrases to remind us that we are strong creative souls…

  20. Carolyn Dube on February 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    The embedding- so heavenly! Your page just looks loaded with paint and mixed media goodness!

  21. Lynne Moncrieff on February 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I remember that page.
    A brilliant idea to number the sentiments – love that idea so much.
    Also the way your mop ups added such depth to the backgrounds.
    Have fun tomorrow!

  22. Redanne on February 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Love, love, love this page, love Dyan’s sentiments too. I remember the first page and loved it but this one is amazing, the depth of colour is wonderful. Unfortunately I have left it a bit late to get to the airport to catch a flight or I would be there tomorrow – lol. Have fun! Hugs, Anne x

  23. Alison/craftytrog on February 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Wow! That background looks fantastic Marjie! x

  24. butterfly on February 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Totally amazing… I think I even like it better than the first side! Glorious quotes, and such beautiful colours and depth – completely, completely wonderful!
    Alison x

  25. Willy on February 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Fabulous and very special, Marjie!

  26. Judy Shea on February 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    This deep red is just amazing. To achieve this richness.. oh my. Gesso is our friend.. love what you did. Love to get inspired by you. BRAVO!!

  27. Shelly Schmidt on February 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Oh, I love this page- love the colors and ….everything! Oh, you are talking about a ‘creative’ sister, aren’t you???

  28. Julie G. on February 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Gorgeous page Marjie…the colours as so incredible. Really wish I was anywhere near New England as I’d grab that last seat in a heartbeat. Great inspiration…I have a pile of misc. tags that I never know how/where to use. Now I guess I have no excuse :)

  29. Dawn Jones on February 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Marjie – your page is awesome!! I can not wait to do my own embedded tags!! Good thing I have lots of journals going at the same time so I can keep creating while the tags dry!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  30. Valerie-Jael on February 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I think that witchie sistah you were talking about is me! Love your pages, favtastic colours. I am just working with tags for Carolyn’s page today. Have fun at your course tomorrow, wish I was neareer, I’d be there! Hugs, Valerie

  31. ConnieM on February 22, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I agree with everything that has already been said~spectacular sums it up!! thanks for stopping by my blog!!!:):) and yes she does make me smaile!!!

  32. Jessica Sporn on February 22, 2013 at 7:00 am

    wow wow wow (for the 1, 2, 3)! This is so beautiful. Gonna go back and read your older post and really Marjie – this is spectacular. Love the fact that this page built up over time, and was inspired by the shape of what was behind it. Simply gorgeous.

  33. Debby on February 22, 2013 at 6:53 am

    This page is gorgeous! I went back and read your older post too and looks like a fun technique to try. I have some books laying around so maybe will continue with the altering thing. Haven’t done that in a long time. Have a great time tomorrow!

  34. Terry on February 22, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Have a great class tomorrow and hopefully the weather with be decent! Love the added tickets to the journal pages! Wonderful project! Hugs!

  35. Corrine on February 22, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Love your page and it’s embedded juiciness. I really enjoyed and chuckled at your story of your sisters wondering which one you were talking about……I will keep extra heavy gesso in loads on my mind! xox

  36. Brenda Brown on February 22, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Wish I could be with you again, one day???? Love the vibrancy of this page Marjie and great work as always.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  37. Julie Tucker-Wolek on February 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Love love love love these!! LOVING the tags and loveeeeeeee that ‘witch’ quote! LOL!!!