Art journal - Up Where the Air is Bright - with paper doll (Marjie Kemper)

I have a confession. I'm one of those people who think they know all the lyrics to a song. Wrong. Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of a road trip with one of my brothers and one of my sisters (no kids, no spouses, so lots of silliness) and my brother tipped me onto the app called Sound Hound.  It's free and it's awesome.  All you do is open the app while a song is playing and hold the phone toward the speakers… suddenly you have the song name, artist name, and entire lyrics on your phone.  And frequently (cough cough), the lyrics didn't match the ones I've been singing my whole life.

Same can be said for the lyrics to Let's Go Fly a Kite, which I've had in my head since the beginning of the month. I made this spread in my art journal over the weekend, and when it was all done I learned the line is Up Where the Air is Clear. Not Bright. Hooooaaaaaah! Too late for Gesso. It stands as is!

Art journal - Up Where the Air is Bright - with paper doll (Marjie Kemper)

I colored the pages with Dyan Reaveley's fantastic Dylusions Ink Sprays and used them in a water brush (just pour the Dylusions in carefully and you can color with them!) to color the letters.  Lots of stencils and a sweet paper doll lady from A Stamp in the Hand that I've had for ages. I also used Distress Markers on her.  Tim's Papillon stamp provides a pattern for my kite, and I heat embossed it with clear powder. It's stamped on a piece of Ranger's manila cardstock which takes Dyan's Ink Sprays beautifully.  I painted a few toothpicks to frame the kite and used photo corners punched from another bit of Papillon for the kite tails.

I cover lots of tips and techniques using Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Inks, Distress Stains, and more in my online class with Craftsy, which includes lifetime access and a money-back guarantee.  It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful  Mixed Media Effects.  You can ask me any questions you have in the Craftsy forum, and also share your work with me and other students there. Here’s a 2-minute preview:

 Wouldn't it be fun to go and fly a kite today, for real?

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  1. Julia on August 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I laughed when I read your post – didn’t notice the different wording until you pointed out! Mary Poppins was a favourite of mine too!! I love it anyway – the colours almost look as if they are backlit – amazing! I particularly like the kite!

  2. Kate on August 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Fun pages! I like your lettering!!

  3. Shelly Schmidt on August 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    What a great page- LOVE this!!! Oh I love the sound of that app too….what a delightful time to have with siblings….I am one of 7…I will take one or two at a time that could get a way, and would feel fortunate!

  4. Sharon on August 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Fun pages Marjie – put a smile on my face!

  5. Rosann on August 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I think “bright” works well for your journal page, love the colors, your kite flyer is very unique !

  6. Lisa Sackett on August 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Omigoodness…what a hoot! I guess I’m another one of those that fits words into a song so i can sing it. Ha ha…I always know when I change it up because I get the funniest look from my hubby. lol
    I just love your AJ page too…love the kite!

  7. lacyquilter on August 22, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Wonderful spread. Love the use of photo corners for the tail. And I can relate to singing all the words wrong. haha!

  8. alison on August 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Lol re the lyrics Marjie, think we’re all guilty of that when we sing along! Your page is a beauty, the colours are gorgeous, love that image!
    Alison x

  9. fern cawley edwards on August 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Tee hee …remembering the road trip …loving the kite…papillion and tooth picks – amazing!

  10. Helen Tilbury on August 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    This is really cool Marjie & I wouldn’t have known that the lyrics weren’t correct :) I love my own version of songs too LOL!

  11. Silvia on August 21, 2012 at 4:45 am

    So fantastic, the pages are wonderful. These colors rock.

  12. Julie Tucker-Wolek on August 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love love the colors and the kite!!! Thanks for your comment on my blog today!!! I so appreciate it!!!!!

  13. michele s on August 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    the air is clear AND bright! love your gorgeous, colorful, happy page. keep those journal pages coming you are making great art! xo

  14. Debbie Reid on August 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha! Too funny Marjie! Love it! Your page is more unique with the slightly incorrect lyric! Fabulous job! I have a similar app for my iPhone. Use it quite a bit. Not as smart as I thought I was, about song lyrics anyway!
    Wishes and Hugs from Canada

  15. Anne R on August 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Brilliant pages, gorgeous colours and love how you used toothpicks for the kite – great idea. I didn’t notice the words at all…..until you said, it doesn’t really matter anyway, it is still brilliant! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  16. Alexa Noble on August 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    The story about not knowing the lyrics made me laugh … think you’re probably in good company on that one!!! Love your kite page – colours are gorgeous and using the toothpicks is inspirational! X

  17. Shar B on August 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Awesome! Love the bright and happy layout! The kite is sensational!

  18. Anita Houston on August 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Gorgeous Marjie!!!! I love it, and when I first saw it, I thought your theme was the same as mine, but it’s not…lol! Gorgeous color and love your kite flyer…fab!!!!

  19. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on August 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

    What a nice story about your roadtrip Marjie, and about the lyrics and your singing :-).
    Your pages are gorgeous!!! Everything fits so well!
    Greetings, Alie :-)

  20. Kaz on August 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

    love this Marjie lots of fun xxx

  21. Shahrul Niza on August 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    LOL, I do it ALL the time!!. At best, if I totally forgot the words I sang along with just…na! These pages are awesome. LOVE the kite, beautiful long tail. I find that working with dylussion inks a bit scary :), but you made it all look so easy. Wow.

  22. Lynn Stevene on August 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Marjie, I had to laugh after reading your post about lyrics. I can so relate. That being said yours suite your project perfectly! colorful and Bright! LOL
    hugs Lynn

  23. Lynne Moncrieff on August 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Wonderful project Marjie and does it really matter about the lyrics – after all whose to say that your lyrics aren’t better than the original version …. food for thought LOL.

  24. Brenda Brown on August 20, 2012 at 7:56 am

    This is wonderful Marjie, it reminds me of when I was a kid and used to love flying kites on the beach.vyou have created this with fabulous colours and effects.
    Must check out the app you are talking about too, I love song lyrics and like you frequently find I sing the wrong words lol.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  25. Krisha on August 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

    LOve the journal pages, and I tought I was the ONLY one that memorized the wrong lyrics to songs LOL

  26. Jeeves on August 20, 2012 at 7:13 am


  27. Shelly Hickox on August 20, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Love this! And I am the queen of getting lyrics wrong – I’m well known in my family for that, lol!
    Gorgeous pages!

  28. PetraB on August 20, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Absolutely great pages, love the colours.

  29. jane on August 20, 2012 at 6:11 am

    stunning! love the blues…

  30. Valerie-Jael on August 20, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Songs are there for singing, and I much prefer to sing MY words, so just carry on serving up your version! lOvely pages again! Valerie

  31. Buttons on August 20, 2012 at 5:45 am

    What a great project Marjie. Who cares if the words aren’t quite right – not sure Dick will worry about it!!! Thanks for sharing, hugs Buttons x