Journaling without Words

Journaling without words is tough for me. How about you? It goes against some inner idea of a journal I cling to even though I know and believe there are absolutely no rules to art journaling.  I tend to hesitate and hem and haw over whether or not to include at least a single word.

Art journal page with Dylusions Ink Sprays + Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

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For this one, I started playing in my large journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays.  I chose Lemon Zest, Vibrant Turquoise, and After Midnight. These three colors are part of Diane Reaveley’s “Cool” palette, and they play really nicely together. I added some White Linen ink spray too, which is opaque, and helps lighten areas that may be too dark.

Art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays + Stencils color blending (Marjie Kemper)

After applying modeling paste to the page, I let it dry completely before bringing in the ink sprays. I really love the way the stencil (StencilGirl Products) plays with the color and the paste. I added black modeling paste with a craft knife through an extra large (Donna Downey) rose stencil, and it really popped over the Dylusions colors.

Art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays + Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

The numbers are from another stencil (Tim Holtz) and I added just a few of them using Archival Inks with an Ink Blending tool. Here are a few closer shots. I felt once the black paste and that bold stencil took over, there was no need for a word.

Art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays + Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

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  1. Strange, isn’t it… I agree “no rules”, but would find it almost impossible to go word-free, but having just read Corinne’s comment, I’m celebrating how differently we all play! A beautifully dreamy page.
    Alison x

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      That’s what I love about being in classes whether I’m the student or the teacher… everyone brings such a different view to the room. Celebrating is called for! And BTW… it is terribly hard for me to go word-free. (I can probably count on one hand the times I have) I’m sure my mom would laugh out loud at that if she were with us!

  2. Nice, don’t often journal with words, see how different we all are. xox

  3. Gillian Finlay says:

    Would be SO good to have a video. Very immediately attractive page. Really like it.

  4. Kathy Bradley says:

    Beautiful colors and beautiful page!

  5. I add words to my art journaling too – to me that is journaling! And I realize everyone has their own ways of creating too! Love how you use the Dylusions Sprays – very pretty!