Small Art Journal Pages

Art journaling in a small journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays (Marjie Kemper)

Do you like to work on small art journal pages? I usually work in big books, but I enjoy experimenting in a wide variety of sizes. I found a chipboard journal in my stash recently. All the pages are thick chipboard that should stand up well to a lot of wet media.

Small art journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays (Marjie Kemper)

Small Art Journal Pages

This book measures 4.5″ X 6.5″ so each page is roughly the size of a postcard. I started out coating the page with white gesso. After it dried, I added modeling paste through Tim Holtz Rays Stencil. Highlighted links are affiliate links, which means I'll earn a few cents on the purchase if you click through here. It will not increase your cost whatsoever.

Small Dylusions journal page 2 (Marjie Kemper

Once the paste was completely dry, I added Dylusions Ink Sprays.  These are two of my favorite colors (Squeezed Orange and Funky Fuchsia) especially when used together.  Click here to see lots of other free Dylusions tutorials.

Small art journal pages - Dylusions + chipboard journal (Marjie Kemper

These colors maintain their vibrancy when I work on manila cardstock. However on the chipboard, they became much more muted, even though I did apply gesso as a primer. This feels more like a pastel/sherbet look.

Small Dylusions journal page (Marjie Kemper

I still liked it but I wanted to ramp it back up, color-wise. I stamped a long sentiment stamp from Tim's Words for Thought stamp set and used other ink pads with stencils in the background to fill the page.

Small Dylusions journal page (Marjie Kemper

Still embossing after all these years

While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and used my Embossing Tool to set it. I use this tool for embossing because it's got the power/blower to emboss quickly. For almost everything else, I use my regular Ranger Heat It Tool.

Small Dylusions journal page (Marjie Kemper

I started using embossing powder again a few months ago when #the100dayproject started, and I needed to make 100 projects in 100 days. I had forgotten how much ‘ooooph' it adds to a project. Do you like to emboss?

Small Dylusions journal page (Marjie Kemper

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Have you heard about the Mixed Media Art Membership Group? It's a monthly membership that I host that includes facilitated learning through a Project of the Month (with closed-captioned video instruction), Themed Challenge of the Month, a live Zoom Create-Along Session where we all work on our art together, and lots of resources such as the Project Vault, Technique Vault and Resource Library. Best of all is the supportive and inspiring community we enjoy in our private Facebook Group and the gated private forum on the site where I host the videos and resources.  

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  1. Julia on September 30, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    This is just SHAZAM! Meaning I love it Marjie :-)
    I love everything about it. Colors, stencils, stamps and especially the small size. We are traveling & I want to try this one when we return home. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Marjie Kemper on October 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Oh, Julia, what a lovely comment. Thank you very much! I don’t think anyone’s ever said “shazam” to me but you have taken me STRAIGHT back to my youth!

  2. Monica on September 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Marjie allthough a few days late I need to tell you that your art always makes me happy. Your vibrant colors and the way you add a few extra things to your lovely backgrounds. Even in a small scale project like this you achieved the same effect. You are AMAZING. Thank you for always sharing such fabulous pieces of art. You are a much loved source of inspiration to me.
    Hugs from Monica

    • Marjie Kemper on September 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Monica, for your frequent visits and very kind words. I so appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement!

      • Monica on September 15, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        Thank you Marjie. Oh dear I ought to tell you mote frequently. If I should tell you each time I found inspiration from your art samples you would feel fed up…. lol..
        Thank you for taking time to reply. You are way too kind …
        Hugs and wishing you a lovely weekend.. monica

  3. Gez on September 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Totally GORGEOUS ♥♥

    • Marjie Kemper on September 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you, Gez!

  4. Henriette Geurkink on September 14, 2016 at 2:17 am

    That looks fantastic, I’m going to try for a cover of my art journal book. Thank you.

    • Marjie Kemper on September 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks, Henriette! I’d love to see it when you do.

  5. Kathy C Bradley on September 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    So pretty – and sometimes small is fun and expedient!

    • Marjie Kemper on September 14, 2016 at 6:24 am

      Thanks, Kathy!

  6. bernath on September 13, 2016 at 12:52 am


    • Marjie Kemper on September 14, 2016 at 6:24 am

      Merci, Bernath!