Blended Batik with Ranger Distress Inks (Video Tutorial)

Blended Batik technique tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Today I’m very happy to be sharing in the excitement over at my friend France Papillon’s blog… she is celebrating a major milestone:  the 100th episode of her Journal on Monday series!  France’s videos are always full of inspiration and I’m terribly impressed that she’s done one hundred of them.  The amount of time needed to create each project, video it, edit it, upload it, embed it, etc… is really quite an effort and this huge collection of videos are an amazing resource.

When France asked me to do a little project to help celebrate, I figured I should follow her lead and do a video tutorial as well.  This one is on Tim Holtz’s Blended Batik technique, and you can watch the Blended Batik video on Youtube here or directly within this post here:

I decided to use one of my tags in my art journal, and to replicate the Blended Batik in it, too.  Here’s what I came up with:

Art journal with Blended Batik technique (Marjie Kemper)

Here’s how it came together:

Art journal with Blended Batik technique (Marjie Kemper)

I cut the tag into strips and made arrowheads with the leftover bits.

Art journal with Blended Batik technique (Marjie Kemper)

I applied Golden Paints and Ranger Inks, plus stamps and stencils (Tim Holtz, StencilGirl Products, TCW).  I used a baby wipe to remove most of the paint where I would eventually put the sentiment, so it would show more clearly.

Art journal with Blended Batik technique (Marjie Kemper)

I stamped my sentiment and applied embossing powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool, then ironed it…. but wait! I missed the step where you apply more distress ink before ironing… so this was a flop.

Art journal with Blended Batik technique (Marjie Kemper)

Quick save:  I inked up a piece of manila slightly larger than the sentiment and followed the process in the correct order (see the video for the step-by-step instructions) and adhered it to my page, along with a spare scrap of the tag that I felt ‘grounds’ the sentiment.

Art journal with Blended Batik technique (Marjie Kemper)

Some additional layers of stenciling finish it off, and that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed the video and that if you did, you’ll subscribe to my YouTube channel.  I’m planning to do more tutorial videos and would love to know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see. Other ways to stay connected: sign up for my newsletter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Please be sure to visit France Papillon for her celebration this week and let her know I sent you… perhaps she’ll reward me with Belgium chocolate when I see her again next year!

Thanks so much for the visit.


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Love this technique…it’s foolproof.

  2. Beautiful Marjie!! Thanks so much for the video as well as the tutorial!!

  3. Marvellous technique and page, Marjie, thanks for sharing the video!

  4. Love this (new to me) technique, Marjie, and I can promise you I am going to use it! Great results! What a lovely celebratory feature for France’s post, too!

  5. Wow, Marjie! This is amazing! Love the video! Hugs, Sandra

  6. lol hon, no need to bribe me to get your Belgian chocolate fix, I’ll bring you some anyway ;)))
    thanks so much for this great tutorial and for joining me celebrating the 100 Journal on Monday!

  7. Great video…Loved the technique.
    Only that most of the materials are unavailable in my place!
    I know…online shops 🙂
    Good to see you. I can now put a pretty face to MK 🙂

  8. Fun technique, enjoyed your video.

  9. Great composition. YOu make it look so simple. xox

  10. FANTATIC video, Marjie!!! Gorgeous project, and you explained it wonderfully.

  11. thank you for this clear and beautiful video I’m definitely going to try’s a nice tribute to France!

  12. A wonderful technique, great results. Thanks for sharing the video.

  13. Really is one of my favorite techniques and the one time I actually enjoy ironing! Love this post, GF! Nice tribute to France!

  14. Fabulous tribute to France…Beautiful.
    susan s

  15. Marjie, it’s a beautiful tribute to France’s 100th edition! I loved your tutorial!

  16. Beautiful tags and page. The colors are gorgeous. I’m curious…why would you batik it rather than leaving it as emboss resist? Is there a benefit to creating the flatter surface or is it just a different look? I have a journal cover I need to work on. Think I’ll go ahead and experiment. 🙂 Thanks for a great video!

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Hi, Julie. Thanks for the visit! I wanted a more muted look than I’d have with heat embossed stamping, but it’s just a matter of preference. The only other reason would be if you wanted to stamp on top of it with additional images, you’d need the smooth surface.

  17. Great page Marjie! Loved the tutorial. I’m definitely going to try it.

  18. Great video tute Marjie, and your page is gorgeous! xxx

  19. What a wonderfully clear video. I usually use paints, but am definitely drawn to inks after watching this. Can’t wait to take your class at ARt is You!

  20. Wonderful video Marjie! Glad you’re jumping into YouTube!

  21. This was wonderful. thanks

  22. I really love this video. Such a cool technique and a great result.

  23. So gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeeeeee the colors!!!!

  24. So very cool!


  1. […] In case you missed it, last week I put up a new Blended Batik Tutorial Video on YouTube showing a neat technique with Ranger’s Distress Inks. I started out on a tag, and ended up doing the technique in a larger art journal. […]