Art journal spread - Love Unlocks Doors and Opens Windows (Marjie Kemper)

Lately I've been playing a lot with doors and windows.  The repeating window in this spread is a stamp from Darkroom Door and the tall flowers on the right are from Donna Downey. I've used paints, archival inks, and Dylusions Ink Sprays for the color, along with a white Posca paint pen.

Art journal details - Love spread

Lots of stencils (of course!), a few ‘mop up' tags added to the page, and some old chipboard letters painted black. The round mandala stencil highlighted in white is a new one from Rebekah Meier.

I like this kind of journaling as I'm a fan of messy and grungy.  I also like to try different things, and sometimes (but rarely) I do have pages with clean lines.  My friend Carolyn Dube had a great post last week about not getting caught up in trying to be perfect – it's definitely worth a read.  Your journal is for YOU and anything goes!

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  1. Silvia on March 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Wow, that rocks. Fantastic.

  2. Terry on March 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love me some red, Marjie! What great pages and full of love and heat! Enjoy the weekend, GF!

  3. valerie-Jael on March 15, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Great pages, love the warm colours. Valerie

  4. Kathy/NorthCarolina on March 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Love this! When I was in high school, I was on the yearbook staff and we had to learn how to develop our own photos in the dark room. That room was magical, with the red light and the trays of solution where images magically appeared…this makes me think of that experience. And it’s cool that when you are “in the dark” love will open doors and windows.

  5. Donns Budzynski on March 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I just love your journal pages Marjie!
    You do such a fabulous job on them!

  6. Brenda Brown on March 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    What beautiful deep red pages full of wonderful detail and such a lovely quote, the red, black and white is such a great combination. Have a fabulous weekend xx

  7. Alison/craftytrog on March 14, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Wonderful!!! x

  8. gio on March 14, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Marvellous!! You amaze me with all the layers and effects all in one single shade of colours! brava!

  9. Mo,nica on March 14, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Oh Marjie…. You are just such an amazing artist. You keep on to inspire me beside taking my breath away using using these fab vivid colors…LOVE LOVE LOVE… All your work !!!
    Thank you for sharing. What a pleasure to be able to follow such a talented artist !!!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  10. Julie Tucker-Wolek on March 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    This is sooooooooo beautiful!!! LOVING that RED!!!!!!

  11. Meihsia Liu on March 13, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Beautiful pages! Marjie. The colors and patterns are fantastic! Love the windows and doors :)

  12. kate on March 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    This is so fun. I would love to just sit and thumb through your journals. So much color and pattern to look at!

  13. Amante del Papel on March 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    it’s an amazing and fantastic page!

  14. butterfly on March 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Oh, my word – how you create depth and layers within one colour tone is just amazing, Marjie! I adore the window, and that fab embedded tag, and the beautiful DD poppies… and the use of stencils throughout is just brilliant. Great to have you play along at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison xx

  15. Kirsten Alicia on March 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Stunning page, I could look at all of those layers for hours & still see something new.

  16. Anne R on March 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Loving that red Marjie!! The windows look great and I love the white ‘pops’, they really stand out well. A Fabulous journal page. Anne xx

  17. Kay Wallace on March 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Love all those windows, Marjie. Since your color is a random combination of paints, inks and sprays, it is likely you will never be able to duplicate it….and it such a lovely color! Just love it! I also really like to see tags included in larger art projects. Lastly, I love the motivational quote. You are Jessica were on the same page today!

  18. Renee Zarate on March 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Such rich, beautiful colors! Love it. Pinning!

  19. Anita Houston on March 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Oh yes it does! This monochromatic piece is wonderful! I LOVE the red! You inspire me so much!

  20. Ruth L on March 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

    What an amazing spread Marjie!

  21. Corrine on March 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Oh the tiny white dots really make it. xox

  22. Sherri Scott on March 13, 2014 at 9:54 am


  23. Shilpa on March 13, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Love the vibrant red and lots of layering here..Marjie! stunning page!

  24. Mary Elizabeth on March 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

    As always, you use of color caught my eye on my blog reader. Love red!!! But it was the details that pulled me in and kept me looking. I absolutely adore the stencil you used under the word “love”. All those curves provide the perfect counterpoint to the right angles of those marvelous window stamps. And I really like the white dots. Nice balance on these journal pages. Such fabulous expression of your amazing creativity Marjie! — Mary Elizabeth

  25. Astrid on March 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Another great spread Marjie, – love the depth you always manage to create in your pages!!