Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #25

Watercolor Paper + Dylusions Ink Sprays

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Using Dylusions Ink Sprays + Sizzix Diecuts in Art Journals (Marjie Kemper) 

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.

Art journaling with Sizzix Diecuts and Dylusions Ink Sprays (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.

Watercolor Paper + Dylusions Ink Sprays - Tutorial - Marjie Kemper

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. Lisa H on April 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

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

  2. Lisa S on April 10, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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

  3. Lyla Larimore on April 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    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. Sara Emily Barker on April 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm

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

  5. die amelie on April 10, 2015 at 8:30 am

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

  6. Jenn on April 10, 2015 at 2:29 am

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

  7. Clareene Forbes on April 10, 2015 at 12:06 am

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

  8. Branka Islentjeva on April 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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

  9. Nikki Acton on April 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    So bright, so beautiful and so clever! Nikki xx

  10. Kimberly Cobb on April 9, 2015 at 7:30 am

    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. Jess on April 9, 2015 at 2:09 am

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

  12. Chary on April 9, 2015 at 12:53 am

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

  13. Kim Young on April 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm

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

  14. Julia Aston on April 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Wonderful blue color with the great splash of orange!

  15. Cheryl Grigsby on April 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    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. Terry on April 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

    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. Mandy Welch on April 5, 2015 at 11:04 am

    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 on April 4, 2015 at 7:01 pm

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

  19. Barbarayaya on April 4, 2015 at 2:09 am

    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. Lisa M/Studio Rose on April 4, 2015 at 12:51 am

    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. Stefania on April 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    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. kim on April 2, 2015 at 11:47 am

    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. Peg Robinson on April 2, 2015 at 10:16 am

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

  24. gio on April 1, 2015 at 6:58 am

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

  25. Carol in NW Ohio on March 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

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

  26. Sandra on March 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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

  27. Annette Green on March 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    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. Lyn Coogan on March 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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

  29. Anita Houston on March 30, 2015 at 11:06 am

    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 on March 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm

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

  31. Pamellia on March 29, 2015 at 9:36 am

    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. Deb ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art on March 28, 2015 at 9:55 pm

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

  33. Shari T on March 28, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    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. Ruby C on March 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

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

  35. Rosann aka Rea' on March 28, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    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 on March 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

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

  37. Redanne on March 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    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 on March 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Love your journal page!

  39. kay pierce on March 28, 2015 at 11:31 am

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

    • Marjie Kemper on March 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Sure did!

  40. Alison on March 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Love that contrasting yellow, great page Marjie!

  41. Corrine on March 28, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Nice contrasts with that pop of your yellow. xox

  42. Astrid on March 28, 2015 at 8:59 am

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

  43. Candy Colwell on March 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

    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. Julie Tucker-Wolek on March 28, 2015 at 8:17 am

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

  45. Belinda Basson on March 28, 2015 at 7:52 am

    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. Sally Miller on March 28, 2015 at 4:48 am

    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. Jan Hill on March 28, 2015 at 3:20 am

    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