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My Favorite Art Journaling Supplies

I'm frequently asked what my favorite are journaling supplies are, and what a person really needs to get started.   The simple answer is just a paper and pencil, but the sky is the limit. You probably have enough laying around at home to make several pages right now. The beauty of art journaling is that anything goes. One man's trash is another man's treasure, and all of that. My Favorite Art Journaling Supplies I like to work in a variety of different journals.  They have different paper weights, so some are better for wet things like paint and gel medium,…

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100 Days of Artsy Index Cards, Days 81-100

Artsy Index cards Days 93-96

Thanks so much for your ongoing support as I've worked through my altered index cards project.  I am delighted to wrap it up today with these cards, which represent Days 81-100.  The 100 Day Project I chose index card art for my take on this year's “The 100 Day Project.” This creative initiative was started four years ago by Elle Luna. Searching their hashtag on Instagram (#the100dayproject) will show you the wide variety of participants and projects. Each person creates a unique hashtag for their work, which makes it easy to see all of it in one form. My hashtag is…

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100 Days of Artsy Index Cards, Days 61-80

Days 61-64 of artsy index cards

Welcome to Artsy Index Cards, Days 61-80.  I'm nearing the finish line on this 100 Day Project.  This batch is my favorite so far. I've used a ton of Ranger Distress products as well as Dylusions Ink Sprays, paints, and mediums. 100 Days of Artsy Index Cards, Part 4 Days 61-64 Besides stamps, I've included some of Tim Holtz's chipboard sentiments and even the fortune from a Fortune Cookie.  I also used some of my Sizzix texture fades. The first index card shown below has an artist trading card that I embossed with a clock texture fade. A texture fade…

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Washi Tape Backgrounds Tutorial

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I hope this washi tape backgrounds tutorial will give you some ideas for using up your stash of decorative tapes.  You can use this background idea on tags, scrapbooks and greeting cards, too. Note: This post contains affiliate links. I’ll receive a small commission if you purchase products through my links. It won’t affect your cost in any way. Here' what my 2-page spread looks like: Choosing & Adhering Your Washi Tapes Since washi tape is by nature ‘low tack' it is not as sticky as regular tape.  To ensure that it stays down on my project, I added a…

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100 Days of Artsy Index Cards, Days 41-60

Days 41-44 of artsy index cards

Artsy Index Cards, Part 3 Welcome to the third installment of this 100-Day project.  I've been creating an index card each day for my part in it.  Click on these links to see the earlier posts:  Days 1-20 and Days 21-40. I decided to mix it up a bit with this third batch, so I changed the orientation to a vertical position. Are you participating in the 100 Day Project? The gist is to do something creative for 100 days in a row and post it on Instagram under a unique hashtag.  Mine is #100daysofartsyindexcards.   Days 41-44   I am…

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Jumbo “Brothers” Collage Tag

Mixed Media Collage Tag (Marjie Kemper)

Hi, friends. I'm back today with a jumbo “Brothers” collage tag using another Etcetera tag as my base.  These are the sturdy extra large chipboard tags Tim Holtz released in January.  This one is a bit smaller than the Nelson Mandela collage tag I made in March. Jumbo Brothers Collage Tag Today's tag measures 6 and 1/2″ by 12″.  Here's how it came together: Initial Layers I began by coating the tag with gesso.  Once it was dry, I attached a piece of torn scrap paper and and added some embossing paste through a stencil. You can see a bit…

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Artsy Index Card Tutorial

Masking tutorial using Distress Inks

Welcome! Today I'm sharing how I made one of the Artsy Index Cards for this year's 100 Day Project.  This is my second year participating in the daily project going on over on Instagram. Masking Tutorial I used a simple masking technique to create a speckled background for this card. I started out using a mask of the boy on this stamp.  Masks are wonderful because they protect a portion of your design, allowing you to keep it removed from other techniques. Masks are also cheap… just use a post-it note and the sticky back does all the work.  Once…

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100 Days of Artsy Index Cards, Days 21-40

Artsy index cards Days 21-24

Artsy Index Cards, Part 2 I'm back today with the second installment (Days 21-40) of my contribution to #the100dayproject.  You can see Days 1-20 here.  This year I'm making ‘artsy index cards' that measure 4″ X 6″ Everyone who participates is sharing their creations each day on Instagram, and mine can be found under this hashtag: #100daysofartsyindexcards. Days 21-24 Days 25-28 I've used lots of Ranger products on these:  Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, and Dylusions Ink Sprays.  Some are made with paint, and almost all have stamps and stencils. I've also included several artist trading cards (ATCs) on this batch…

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Behind-the-Scenes Business Tips ~ How to Share Multiple Links on Instagram

Amazing Free Tool Welcome to another edition of “Behind the Scenes Business Tips!”  Hold onto your hats, Instagram users… have you heard of LinkTree?  It's a free tool that allows you to post up to five links in your Instagram Profile. Yes…. five! I've been using it for several months and I love it.  By the way, anytime I post something like this it's because I've used it for awhile and I trust it. I'll never recommend something I don't genuinely like and use on my own. Here's how it looks at the top of my Instagram page. When someone…

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100 Days of Artsy Index Cards, Days 1-20

Artsy Index Cards Days 1-20 of 100 (Marjie Kemper) The 100 Day Project

Artsy Index Cards I'm participating for the second year in a row in The 100 Day Project. This creative initiative, now in its fourth year, was started by Elle Luna. Searching their hashtag (#the100dayproject) will show you the wide variety of people and projects participating.  Participants create a unique hashtag for their work, which makes it easy to see all of it in one form.  My hashtag is #100daysofartsyindexcards.  The idea is to do something creative every day for 100 days.  We share our daily projects on Instagram.  I've used mostly Distress Inks, Distress Oxide Inks, and Dylusions Ink Sprays…

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