Combining Ink & Paint in your Art Journal

Today I'm combining ink & paint in one of my small art journals. Thanks for stopping by!

This book measures 6″ X 8″, so it is 12″ wide as shown. The pages are colored with Distress Inks and a bit of paint. Any highlighted links are affiliate links that can be used at no cost to you.

Combining ink & paint in your art journal - Relax spread (Marjie Kemper)

Combining Ink & Paint

The paint comes from a tag I made recently while I was using my Gel Printing Plate to create a different art journal spread. I used a bunch of tags during that process and saved them for other projects. This one looked like a perfect match for today's spread. I applied purple and blue Distress Inks over the paint and adhered the tag with matte medium once the ink was dry.

Gelli print painted tag in Relax art journal spread (Marjie Kemper)

Stamping Tricks

Have you ever spread a stamp out over multiple surfaces? I think it adds interest to the design. I used a piece of leftover clear packaging to ‘audition' the stamp and figured out how I needed to place it to position it on multiple surfaces.

Below, you can see how I stamped the butterfly from the Tim Holtz Fairytale Frenzy stamp set directly onto the page as well as partially onto two separate Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I stamped it with Jet Black Archival Ink. I also used that same black ink around the edges and for the top layers of stenciling.

Stamping on multiple surfaces -Relax art journal page combining ink and paint (Marjie Kemper

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Download my free Distress Ink Blending Checklist (Marjie Kemper)

Here's a closer look at the right hand page:

Relax art journal page (right) combining ink and paint (Marjie Kemper

And the left side:

Relax art journal page (left) combining ink and paint (Marjie Kemper

And one close-up.  A reminder to Let it Go!

Stamps, stencil, paint and ink in art journal (Marjie Kemper)

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  1. Denise Pavel on March 7, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I love your style,!

  2. Sharon Field on February 26, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Love EVERY THING about this………..well done and thanks for sharing.:)) I am just beginning so all this info helps me…

  3. Ursula Metselaar on February 25, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I’d like to be able to do that! It looks lovelyyy! ?

  4. Cathy on February 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Absolutely love the blue and purple together! Your blending is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. michele s on February 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    lovely inspiration! xo

  6. Caroline on February 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Beautiful and fun!

  7. Frauke Hagelstein on February 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    These colours are matching perfectly with your “relax”-theme! It’s so calming!
    Greetings from Frauke

  8. Anne R on February 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I do love the way you stamped onto the different areas and, as always, your colours are wonderful! xx

  9. Sara Emily Barker on February 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Love your colors and the technique to spread the stamped image to several layers to make the unified butterfly. Beautiful pages!

  10. pearshapedchris on February 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Wow Marje! Loving these colours and that lovely translucent appearance. Great idea to stamp over in that way! Chris

  11. butterfly on February 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Always love the interplay of translucent and opaque (my favourite thing already with Oxides and traditional Distress inks after one session playing!), and it’s so cool seeing you play in a completely different colour palette. Great print and a fabulous page spread.
    Alison x

  12. Jackie P Neal on February 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Totally cool the way you stamped onto three different areas and brought them together Marjie! Love this technique! And I love the blue and purple as well-a fav color palette!
    Jackie xo

  13. Julie Tucker on February 22, 2017 at 8:16 am

    So gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!! And sorry I haven’t texted you … I literally forgot! LOL!! I would love that die! Thank you for offering it to me! :)

  14. Brenda Brown on February 22, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Beautiful colours Marjie and the overlay stamping looks brilliant xxx