Journaling with Tissue Paper

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I love using bits of tissue paper in my journals… when you stamp on tissue paper with archival ink, you can adhere it to your journal page using matte medium or gel medium, and it nearly dissolves into the actual paper in the journal.


I used pink and purple paints, Carolyn Dube’s Words to Live By stencil (StencilGirl), a giant birdcage stamp (Aladine), and a few other stamps and stencils.   I varied the intensity of the white by using paint on the Words stencil, and gesso in the large squares.


Here’s what I mean about stamping on tissue paper.  If you tear around it (rather than cut straight lines with scissors), it will melt into your background.


Just coat the back of it with your wet medium (I used Matte Medium), and the run another coat on top.  Let dry and you will barely see the edges.  This is really helpful for a page like this where I have different textures from the paints and gesso, as I wouldn’t have been able to get as clear a stamped impression had I stamped directly onto the page.

Have you checked out Creative JumpStart 2014?  I couldn’t believe what Nathalie did in her project today… using a super smart, creative, and inexpensive way to make marks.

Thanks so much for the visit today!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. I love your mixedmedia style I am very happy to meet you on CJS14 and see your create sorry for my poor english

  2. Just beautiful!! I am amazed at how well the tissue piece just blends in. Thanks for sharing this technique… great not only for stenciling, but a good trick for stamped words so I can get them on straight.

  3. This is my favorite technique to add lettering to a piece. Takes out the worry of making a mistake on the actual piece and ruining the whole thing! Thanks for the post!

  4. oh this is so totally you Marije, you bring so much depth with just few colours!

    I wish you a very happy 2014, full of art and joyful moments!

  5. I love this technique! It makes putting images on so much easier! Love the colored tissue paper too….blends nicely! Great projects!

  6. Beautiful page Marjie!

  7. Such great use of tissue paper and I just love the gorgeous colours you have used on this page. Hugs, Anne x

  8. Awesome art! x

  9. Great page Marjie!
    All the best in 2014!

  10. love your page and that technique. sharing.

  11. Agreed! I love tissue paper – especially if you’ve got a lumpy page going already that stamping wouldn’t work on.

  12. Beautiful page Marjie! Valerie

  13. Gorgeous page – I’m a big fan of tissue paper as you know – and I love your use of it here to make those stamped images pop!
    Alison xx

  14. Nice page Marjie….your tissue mini-tute is great. How do you keep it from tearing, mine always tears.xox

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks Corrine. I have best luck with small pieces (less than 4″) and a very gentle touch with the paint brush.

  15. Love it! This is so vibrant! Love the way you used the tissue paper to create the layers and how you used parts of Words to Live By!

  16. Fab page, love the deep colour tones. And yes, using scraps of tissue is great on journal pages, I love using that technique as well as the top layer of paper serviettes, – it can add so much interest.

    Happy New Year!

  17. Happy New Year Marjie x I hope you and your family are nice and warm at home as the weather in your area looks pretty bad.

    Thank you for sharing the tissue technique, it’s certainly amazing as you say.

    Sending huge hugs
    Annie x

  18. Just fabulous Marjie. Bright, beautiful, very creative and full of ideas.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  19. This is gorgeous!! I love love love love the colors and that birdcage!!!!!

  20. Gigi Black says:

    Tissue paper is such a great addition to art. I save all the colored pieces I get and actually go shopping for unusual prints because it’s so much fun. Great job.

  21. A gorgeous page in great colors.