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. butterfly on August 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    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 on August 25, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      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. Corrine on August 16, 2016 at 6:32 pm

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

    • Marjie Kemper on August 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thanks, Corrine. And yes… viva la difference!

  3. Gillian Finlay on August 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm

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

    • Marjie Kemper on August 19, 2016 at 7:56 am

      I’ll put that on my list for the Fall, Gillian!

  4. Kathy Bradley on August 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Beautiful colors and beautiful page!

    • Marjie Kemper on August 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thanks so much, Kathy.

  5. Anne Rita Taylor on August 16, 2016 at 11:24 am

    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!

    • Marjie Kemper on August 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thanks so much, Anne!