It's my great pleasure to be one of the two Visiting Artists at Gingersnap Creations for the month of February.   This week's theme was Words of Wisdom.  Pretty heavy stuff!  I hemmed and hawed for a few days and then asked my kids what they thought of when they heard that phrase.  My eleven year old said “Fortune Cookies!” and I very quickly knew just what I wanted to do. Even better, it required a trip to buy some FCs, so he got a little payback for his idea.


Here's a pic of stage one…I painted my white pages with gesso and then used gel medium to attach some paper bits and scraps that were laying on my desk.  Then I added some green water color paint, but didn't like the result:

I added acrylic paints and Ranger Color Washes in a variety of layers. After attaching and painting my fortunes and a few 7 Dots Studio stickers, I started stamping:

The final stages included more layers of color, stamping, and stenciling of distress and archival inks:


Oh, and here are the fortunes:

* Better ask twice than lose yourself once.

* Knowledge and not doing are equal to not knowing at all.

* Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world.

* Forgive the action, forget the intent.

* Trust is earned by many deeds.

* Consume less. Share more. Enjoy life.

* Integrity is doing the right thing even if nobody is watching.

* In the end, all things will be known.

* Nothing is so mcuh to be feared as fear.

Thanks so much for your visit.  Hope to see you over at Gingersnap Creations!


PS – if you're new here be sure to look at the top of the page for a chance to win two great books by Tim Holtz!  Prize drawing will be Monday, February 6th.



  1. Michelle Webb on April 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I really love, love love, these pages. Fabulous! Michelle x

  2. Cath on March 3, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I didn’t get to comment on this before, Marjie but I absolutely love everything about it – gorgeous work x

  3. Debi Ryan on February 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I left the comment on completely wrong post- duh! Marjie this journaling is so inspiring I love everything about it. Debi x

  4. Shar B on February 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Completely sensational pages!

  5. gerri h on February 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Congrats on the Guest artist! These journal pages are outstanding, they work well with your gorgeous use of color!

  6. Silvia on February 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Congrats on being Visting Artist this month on GingerSnap :) Your pages are FANTASTIC, love all your quotes and the colors are just my cup of tea.

  7. Terry on February 2, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Brilliant “Words of Wisdom” creation! Leave it to a child to come with a great idea!! Great pages! Enjoy this day!

  8. Anita Houston on February 2, 2012 at 6:26 am

    WOW! I love the transformation from whites and red to greens and yellows…what a difference!!! I have not jumped on the art journal wagon yet, but your pages are inspiring me to maybe go there! This really is so fabulous…it is a painting!!!

  9. Alison on February 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Fabulous pages, I love those vibrant colours! x

  10. Helen Tilbury on February 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Wow your art journaling is amazing – beautiful!!

  11. Lynne Moncrieff on February 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

    A brilliant idea.
    Marjie, thanks for breaking down the stages so we could see your process of creating these pages.

  12. Lori on February 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Wow! These are Fabulous with a capital “F”! LOVE the colors, my fave!

  13. Gez on February 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Beautiful journal pages and such wise words. I am so happy to call and visit.. your artwork is amazing and inspirational.. I can’t wait to see more. Happy crafting. Gez.

  14. Cathy on February 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This is completely fantastic. And I especially love Don’t Believe Everything You Think.

  15. Inkypinkycraft on February 1, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Hi, don’t know if you can help but can’t get your post to come upnon my blogs I am following and am definitely following you?!has happened to two today?!help!!??hugs trace x

  16. france papillon on February 1, 2012 at 4:46 am

    love the pictures of the different layers, great idea. And to me the end result induces a great drool effect !!!
    thanks for linking up! :)))

  17. Inkypinkycraft on February 1, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Gorgeous!!what a fab idea and some great words of wisdom!!!love this, never braved pages myself!!hugs trace x

  18. Sandra on February 1, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Love the colors very much! You’re so good at making beautiful layouts!

  19. Annette G on February 1, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Terrific layout Marjie and so much to read, brill. x