Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #25

Watercolor Paper + Dylusions Ink Sprays

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Marjie Kemper art journal with Dylusions - Live the Life

Welcome to the new challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  Our new challenge is to use one of the new Sizzix Frameworks dies.

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Watercolor Paper + Dylusions Ink Sprays - Tutorial - Marjie Kemper

I started out with three large sheets of water color paper spritzed with Dylusions Ink Sprays and water. One sheet was straight-on blues and the others were more mottled. I cut the Sizzix Courtyard Framework Die and the Cameo Frame die. I created an opening in the Cameo Frame by setting a rectangle “Mover & Shaker” die inside the cameo.  The rectangles die comes with 3 sizes, and is super versatile.

Sealing the Pieces

Sealing Dylusions Ink Sprays in an art journal (Marjie Kemper)

I then took all those pieces outside and sprayed with with Krylon Workable Fixatif so I could later use Matte Medium without worrying that the Dylusions would run (a valid fear – I might add!)  The Fixatif is invisible and has a matte finish.

Marjie Kemper art journal tutorial with Sizzix Dies

I enjoyed coloring my pieces (stamping and embossing some) and deciding on a pattern.

Watercolor Paper with Dylusions Ink Sprays - Marjie Kemper

The parts were all layered onto an 8″ square piece of the watercolor paper, and I inserted it back into my art journal with washi tape.  This is an 8″ square art journal, so I trimmed about 1/4″ off the edge before adhering the washi tape.

My sentiment was stamped on an inked ATC, and I finished the page with some stenciling.

Art journal Tutorial with Dylusions  + Watercolor Paper (Marjie Kemper)

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  1. fabulous!!! I love your color scheme as always Marjie. =)

  2. Your page is fantastic Marjie. I don’t have this die but you’ve sold me on it. 🙂

  3. WONDERFUL job on this project!!! The layers are so perfectly mind-teasing & makes those inside pieces seem like they actually twinkle & sparkle at me!! I love that!!

  4. No one, and I mean NO one does color like you do, Marjie! Stunning page!

  5. Gosh! Blue and yellow have never looked better, Marjie!
    And you have used the frameworks so very cleverly! Love this! Claudia x

  6. Another hit Marjie! I love all the details on this one and the color is ooh la la!

  7. Beautiful page. Love the dark tones you chose. I especially like the contrast of the center cutouts placed around the frames…

  8. Absolutely amazing! Great colors, awesome texture! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Branka xxx

  9. So bright, so beautiful and so clever! Nikki xx

  10. Marjie, Your journal page is beautiful. The colors are so rich and I love how you sprinkled the cut-out pieces of the Framework die around the frame.

  11. So bright and fun! It makes me want to go to the beach.

  12. Your journal page is amazing!! I love the colors you picked and the way you used the pieces from the frameworks .

  13. Once again…I love your style!! Those little touches of yellow just pop. Thank you for the inspiration!

  14. Wonderful blue color with the great splash of orange!

  15. Great AJ page, Marjie! Love the watercolor paper and the texture that it adds. Your little yellow bits from the Frameworks cut really make it pop. I’ve got to make time for my journal today, you’ve inspired me!

  16. This is so cool, Marjie! I love the blues colors with the pop of yellow from the sentiment! Great design and layers of stenciling! Love it!

  17. I’m digging the use of vibrant color you’ve been using. I really want to start art Journaling and this is inspiration overload. Thanks for being awesome!

  18. Sandi Parrott says:

    Love, love, love the colors. So simple yet so pretty!

  19. I love so much this piece! Colors are so rich, contrast blue/yellow is wonderful! I adore your use of framework dies! Thanks to be always inspirational for me! Happy Easter! BArbarayaya

  20. You always use such bold colors to such great effect. I’m thrilled to be gathering some great ideas for the Frameworks die from the Curiosity Crew today; you gals never disappoint!

  21. Marjie, this creation fascinated me, I don’t know what I would give to be able to realize it ….. it’s so beautiful that it seems velvet! Forgive my English …. if there are errors it is the fault of the translator google 🙂

  22. So gorgeous! I love the bright POP of color. Always such a treat to visit and am always inspired by your art! Thanks so much!~kim

  23. Hi Marjie – Those colors really grab me You use of the frameworks is great as always. Loving it!

  24. The layers on this spread are so scrumptious, pure delight!!

  25. Absolutely love those blues! And the use of teh frame is genius! Thanks so much for another brilliant example!

  26. I so love this page! The blue is really deep and rich! Gorgeous! The yellow is such a great contrast. Hugs, Sandra

  27. Great tip with the fixative, thanks. Now I know what to do to keep things from smearing all over my journal pages. Why didn’t I think of that? I like how you put those inner pieces to work so nicely on your frame and page. Another fabulous Marjie creation!

  28. I love that you’ve used the ‘scrap’ pieces but in such different colours. Lovely blues and great stencilling.

  29. You know I always say it…no one does blue like you! I love the background…love how the framework outies blend in and the innies are pops of color!

  30. Amanda Pink says:

    yet another fabulous project you’ve created ! Marjie Love it ! x

  31. Gorgeous Marjie!! I finally get to see what you were making with that panel and frame, stunning!! I really love the pop of yellow amid all those dreamy blues! Just breathtaking! hugs 🙂

  32. Gorgeous journal page Marjie, the colours are amazing and love how you’ve incorporated the positive die cuts from your frame!

  33. Beautiful AJ page, Marjie! Those little pops of yellow amongst the shades of blue are so FUN! I love yellow, and I especially love how these draw me in like little beacons of light 🙂 I can’t wait to hear your Big News on Monday, Marjie! How exciting is that! We have to wait all weekend?! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  34. Wonderful depth of color and texture. Bold and dynamic. Looking forward to hearing your big news!

  35. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Another awesome journal page… that dylusion color is so pretty; absolutely love your stencil work too! That courtyard frame work is so cool… love how you “detailed” your pieces and arranged them !

  36. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Fantastic page, the little bits of yellow really stand out against the blues.

  37. Oh sigh…. the colours are fabulous, I love how you coloured the ATC and the little pieces, they look so beau-ti-ful against the wonderful background you created. Love this. Hugs, Anne xx

  38. Carol watson says:

    Love your journal page!

  39. kay pierce says:

    Soooo…..did the fixative REALLY seal the dylusions???
    Love the colors!

  40. Love that contrasting yellow, great page Marjie!

  41. Nice contrasts with that pop of your yellow. xox

  42. Fabulous page Marjie! I love how you always manage to include your own style with Tim’s techniques! This is wonderful!

  43. marjie….this is soooo cool! I love the blues! I love the randomness of your background color runs and patterns. Great use of the frameworks. As always, you rock!

  44. This is gorgeous! I loveeeeee the BLUES!!!!!

  45. oooooooh, my most go to colour in my stash! Yumm. I love what you have done here and I think I might get a gap to play along this time. My life feels like someone has pushed the fast forward button and I am struggling to keep up with all I have to do.

  46. Love the colours in this one….I have an overwhelming desire to forget all about walking the dog, breakfast, grocery shopping & to just go PLAY! Will definitely be fitting some me time into this week end despite the fact that our clocks change tonight.


  47. I am amazed at the depth of colour and vibrancy you get into your work when using similar colours. The layers work so well together. Jan x