Art Journaling Without a Sentiment


I realized making this spread that I really prefer to have a sentiment, but this one with all its’ underlying stamped and stenciled text seemed to say “Let me be.”


Loads of paints, stamps, and stencils. My favorite being the new Frame Stamp from Darkroom Door… I elongated it by stamping twice and cutting out the center, so it would fit this gorgeous face stamp.  I also used the Darkroom Door Brick Wall background stamp in places across the pages.


Plus of course, more stencils, paints, and inks.  I used some of the stamped frame strip to use as striped accents.


Linking to Art Journal Every Day.

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  1. Interesting Marjie, hadn’t really thought about it but I agree with you. A main sentiment seems to pull journal pages together and gives them a theme. Having said that I adore the way you have layered on the different elements here. Very striking. Hugs, Jenny x

  2. This is really gorgeous! I love all the colors and layers. Well done!

  3. Just catching up as usual!
    This is one of my favourites of yours Marjie. Those colours are beautiful, the layered stamping and stencilling are both amazing. Fantastic piece. Will have to pin!

  4. No sentiment…but lot of bright and vivid colors! Brava Marjie!

  5. What a beauty Marjie! I love the color and image, and the block like style.

  6. Very beautiful spread Marjie!! Love all the text juxtapositioned against each other….

  7. Beautiful page Marjie ! Love the layering and colors, everything works together so well.

  8. just fab!

  9. It is just awesome Marjie, your colors are always so beautiful!!!

  10. Caroline says:

    This is so cool! Love the stamping, having a focal image & colours! I think you are right not to put sentiment, it speaks for itself! 🙂

  11. Gorgeous, like always!

  12. These pages are gorgeous. I love all the colors. Can you picture this on a large canvas? I sure can.

  13. Your just knocking it out of the park with those colors lately!!!! I love the faces!

  14. I love this one, Marjie. For some reason, it makes me think of Times Square at night. It has that sort of neon light quality to it, and the one focal image makes me think of the large TV screen, and all the smaller text like the surrounding logos. It’s vibrant, filled with life and energy. You have yourself a wonderful Mother’s Day! xoxo

  15. A gorgeous page, great colors.

  16. Gorgeous page Marjie! Love the colours & stamping! x

  17. Well, you see.. this is what I’m talking about! Astounding colours, and such dramatic black stamping – glorious!
    Alison xx

  18. Knock me over with a feather, why don’tchya. Wow I am in love with this. really.

  19. I really, really like this journal spread, Marjie! First, let me say that there are times when “less is more,” and this, indeed, is one of those times. A sentiment would either disappear into this amazing background, or overpower it–neither of which you want to happen! You made a good call! Next, I have that “art is” stencil in 12×12 and have never used it because it is so massive. You have taken just bits of it, and used it perfectly! Way to go–and thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Like Maria said, I really notice a change in your pages and work. There is a shimmering there I have not seen you bring out like you are doing here and a rich layering of concepts. Beautiful Marjie! xox

  21. I do love that ‘Art is’ stencil Marjie and it looks amazing against the fabulous background you have created – the colours are so rich and lush…. just simply gorgeous!! Hugs, Anne x

  22. Fabulous!! lovin’ the pinks and blues together – made a nice contrast for the black bits and images.

  23. Magic! Your colors, the layers, the frame stamp, you’ve created such magic here!

  24. Soooooooooooo beautiful!! LOVING the colors!!

  25. Impressive colours and stamping on these pages Marjie!

    kind regards, Alie 🙂

  26. this is fab…your pages are truly amazing!!

  27. When I saw the shirt you did for Jim, I fell in love with the door stencil. So could tell me who makes it. Thank you.

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Hi, Donna. That door stencil was designed by Jessica Sporn for Stencil Girl Products.