Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #31

Welcome to the latest challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  Our new challenge is to use the Layering Stencils with a Paint Resist. The technique is found on page 47. If you still need a copy, you can get an autographed copy from Tim right here.

Our sponsor this week is Inspiration Emporium, and a random winner will receive a $50 shopping spree on their online store. There are also prizes donated by Tim and Mario for the Curiosity Crew’s favorite project.  You’ll find the Rules and FAQs at Linda’s site… please take a moment to read these so you are definitely in the running for the prizes.

Marjie Kemper art journal 06202015

I worked in a small Strathmore journal this time. The pages are 5.5 wide by 8″ high, so this is the size of a normal piece of copy paper, turned sidewise.  I used Distress Stain Sprays and Distress Inks along with lots of stencils and stamps.

Marjie Kemper art journal 06202015a

The lady is a Lynn Perrella stamp from Paper Artsy, and the bold words are from a stencil Carolyn Dube designed for StencilGirl Products.

Marjie Kemper art journal 06202015b

I know there are many travelers among you, and I want to be sure you’re aware that several of my partners in crime on this wonderful Compendium journey are joining forces to teach together on an amazing journey with Craftours next year in Costa Rica.  We are beyond excited about this trip that will combine crafting and tourism with much laughter, learning, and frivolity.  It’s going to be Annette Green, Candy Colwell, Cheryl Grigsby, Hels Sheridan, Linda Ledbetter, Yvonne Blair, and me. You can see the Trip at a Glance and the Itinerary for more details.

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In the meantime, I hope to see you at CC3C!




Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. This is so bright and pretty!!! Inspires me to work on m journal!

  2. gorgeous work as usual Marjie!! I just love what you do with color. =)

  3. I REALLY love this!!! And, it’s got me REALLY wanting to get a book and start just playing w colors & mediums and see what I come up with. This is just TOO CUTE and I can see letting my fingers just wander….where noone else neccessarily need lookie!! ☺️

  4. And Marjie… sending your sentiment right back at you… DON”T YOU DARE GIVE UP!!!!! I know you are hanging in there… so proud of you for putting one foot in front of the other. You are so important to so many of us – all over the world.. not just in your home town. You are in our thoughts and prayers. AND… this journal page is WONDERFUL. As always… you created the spendid. Hugs and Happy 4th. j.

  5. Marjie, your journal pages are bright and beautiful and I love your lady. The paint resist technique really stands out on your background. The trip to Costa Rica sounds very exciting but unfortunately coincides with a family trip to Europe many years in the planning. I look forward to following your travels from afar.

  6. It would be too good to travel with you to Costa Rica, I wish I could!
    The page is beautiful, the colors and the technique embrace wonderfully!

  7. PS, I need to do some math to see how much I would have to save a day to be able to make that Costa Rica trip! Boy, I need another job, because I so want to go! It would be fabulous to meet you all!

  8. Oh, yeah, Marjie! This is what I’m talking about! Gosh, I love those bright colors, layered up over that white! There is just so much incredible depth to your pages! You rocked it! Thank you for selecting my FD card for Curiosity Crew’s Choice last time and for your kind words on my blog! I am so honored to be chosen; it’s a wonderful way to start the month! I know that choice was a very difficult one, as there were just so many great entries, so I’m humbled, too!

  9. A very brightly, beautiful page.

  10. I have that exact same journal! – Or, at least I think I do – mine is full of Bristol paper. I’ve been using it to sketch and will go back and add color and backgrounds later. I love the size, don’t you?

    Your work is always so bright and joyful; always know right away it’s yours. 🙂

  11. Oh wow, journaling pages are rage right now and your techniques are amazing, thank you for sharing it Marjie. I like the way you combined the saying with Tim’s technique and stamping. Beutiful

  12. I must get that stamp from Lynn. She does the best art lady stamps. I love the layout.

  13. Lyn Coogan says:

    Your pieces are alway so colourful and vibrant and the sentiment is just right!

  14. Carol Harper says:

    Impressive journal pages! Love the color…

  15. Absolutely stunning page, Marjie, as always! What a fantastic background with all those vibrant colours so beautifully blended together! Love that Paper Artsy stamp and your awesome quote! As usual, I am so inspired and impressed by your brilliant art!
    Branka xxx

  16. Beautiful colors! Love the images.

  17. Love these journal pages, Marjie! The mix of stencils, paints and stamps is fabulous and so cool!

  18. So excited for yalls Art journey to such a fantabulous place. Your AJ pages are wonderful and that sentiment is perfect. Wonderful design and awesome sauce! ~Niki

  19. You are just too good, Marjie!! I love these AJ pages!! The layers that you’ve built up with the stencils are AWESOME! I just love the quote, too–Amen to that!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  20. Gosh, I LOVE that lady stamp. So unique and funky. At first I thought it was a collage of stamps that you created her from. Great art journal pages, once again!

  21. This is very neat Marjie! I actually purchased an art journal but havn’t quite decided where to start with it…lol I love the color you used

  22. This page rocks , Marjie! So you!

  23. I knew you would do a fabulous job with this technique, Marjie! It is so you! Love the colors you chose and the combination of stencils! Terrific!

  24. tracey metcalfe says:

    great layers in your trademark vibrant colours x

  25. Fantastic pages! As always, you color depth is fabulous!

  26. Another great challenge met, Marjie! I loaded out my CC3, but am getting it back on Saturday. I hope to be able to play with some of these challenges! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Such a cool cool spread Marjie!

  28. Love how the challenge, Don’t You Dare Give Up, jumps off the page. So many stencils and beautiful bold colors. The India Ink Lady is very dynamic too!

  29. Your colors and layering are so pretty. Love your journal pages!!

  30. Love the brilliance of your color, Marjie! I also love how all the stencil layers see to portray depth and persistence and perfectly match your quote. Thanks!

  31. Your page really packs a punch Marjie, with it’s glorious colours, beautiful stamping and that wonderfully powerful message, I just love it! Hugs, Anne xx

  32. What beautiful pages – so brightly colored and stenciled!

  33. Stencil layering Queen is in her element !!! This is fabulous… you already know I love your stencil layering … these pages are amazing !

  34. Love these pages, Marjie – the blue green blended with a touch of sunshine yellow is so cheerful and warming (we’ve got rain and grey skies yet again!), and I love the Indian Ink woman. Fabulous!
    Alison xx

  35. Hope this tour is spectacular! Love your pages. Xox

  36. Wonderful spread, Marjie! Love the gorgeous background and so the beautiful stamp! Hugs, Sandra

  37. Sooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING that image along with the fountain pen!!!!!!!

  38. BOOM! You woke me up this morning with those brilliant colors and that powerful message. Nicely composed and the technique works great for your art journal pages. Lovely, Miss Marjie. <3

  39. Hey Marjie…I knew you would ACE this challenge! Well, you ace all of them but this one in particular is so up your alley! 🙂 All of your colors are so pretty and the layers of your stenciling and stamping compliment each other to perfectly. I LOVE that Lynn Perrella stamp! SO COOL! Love the sentiment as well! You did a fab job on this!

  40. Jackie Neal says:

    Totally cool Marjie!! Love love love that figural!!

  41. Sigh….soooooo beautiful! You use color like no one else, Marjie! You do all that wonderful layering, but each color and layer stands clear and true. It’s like looking through a rainbow. I love the sentiment…and the stamp is wonderfully whimsical!

  42. Absolutely beautiful layering,Marjie!
    Great pages.

  43. Fabulous layers Marjie with great blended colours and quote. Xxxx

  44. Wow, my favourite colours and that background! The details really showed up in the close up photo. I love the layers you created, perfect for that stamp and the sentiment. Jan x

  45. One of my favourite techniques, your page looks stunning!!!