Davinci Art Journal page with stamps, stencils, Sizzix dies and a paper doll (Marjie Kemper)
I made this page in my art journal for the current  challenge at Frilly & Funkie.. Anita Houston is our host and the theme is Renaissance Men. We're to pay homage to one of the big four (Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, or Raphael) with a project depicting one of their works, being sure to name it and the artist. You can be inspired in any way by their works. I decided to use stamps in my art journal to recreate Da Vinci's illustration of the Vitruvian Man.


Remember this sketch?  It was all about symmetry and proportion, and he used text at the top and bottom. I started with an 8X10 art journal page I'd been building up for a few weeks. It's painted and sprayed with Dylusions ink sprays, and has bits and pieces attached from tags that hadn't panned out for other projects:

DaVinci 2 art journal page (Marjie Kemper)

I went through my stash of people stamps and chose a plain body by Limited Edition and one of the heads from Dyan's stamps.

Colored the body with Distress Inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and ripe persimmon) and the face and hair with Distress Markers.  I used Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp to give her an interesting torso.  Then I went to town on the page with paints, sprays, stamps, and stencils.

Davinci Art Journal page with stamps, stencils, Sizzix dies and a paper doll (Marjie Kemper)

After tracing the circle I perched her on top of a tag remnant at the bottom and added one of Dyan's birds on top.  I cut the letters from Tim's Sizzix Chip Block die, stamped them with the mini Papillon, and colored them the same as the body.

Davinci Art Journal page with stamps, stencils, Sizzix dies and a paper doll (Marjie Kemper)

I edged the art journal page and the lovely lady with black gesso and used a bit of red line tape to secure her torso and a few limbs, leaving some free. Her head is popped up a bit with foam.  Brads secured the parts so I could move them around before gluing.

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  1. Linda, the funkie junkie on August 7, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Marjie you totally ROCKED this challenge. I really, really love your design and the execution is beautiful. Your art journal page makes such a wonderful background for your focal image – wonderful colors and interesting bits. Amazing creativity!

  2. Judy C on August 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Marjie, I love what you did with this piece, plus a gorgeous background using Dylusions.

  3. Michelle Webb on August 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    This is brilliant Marjie, such a great idea. The colours are awesome too. Michelle x

  4. Silvia on August 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I’m missing words, that’s a fabulous page, love every detail.

  5. Nicie Ibarra on August 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Marjie, I love this piece – especially the background colors!!!! You have really mastered the Dyan Reaveley technique!!! :)

  6. Sharon on August 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This is just fantastic & I love the interpretation you came up with for the theme – very clever!!

  7. Annie on August 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Marjie this is a brilliant adaptation of the challenge at F&F. I love it love it love it !!! X

  8. Lynne Moncrieff on August 3, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Leo (as I like to call him!!!!) would be charmed that his art has been used as a springboard for your own art. This is fun, arty and exceptionally cool and finally ….. so very you.
    Love the depth to your background.

  9. Kaz on August 3, 2012 at 1:43 am

    This is just brilliant!!! love it marjie soooo clever!

  10. Helen Tilbury on August 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

    So beautiful Marjie! Just love your built up background here!!

  11. Jeeves on August 2, 2012 at 6:49 am


  12. jane w. on August 2, 2012 at 4:34 am

    this is incredibly awesome :)

  13. Linda Cameron on August 2, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Love it! You have done a fantastic and very creative piece!

  14. Astrid on August 2, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I popped in here from the Artistic Stamper… What a gorgeous spread this is, love it and so creative!!

  15. debi ryan on August 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    what Fun!!! love it, and those colours are so bright and funky! Debi x

  16. michele s on August 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    visually stunning! this piece is inspired! super awesome. xo

  17. Shelly Schmidt on August 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Love this- love the great background and love the image you used- I do not have any Delusions- but loving the vivid colors you achieve with them!

  18. 2amscrapper on August 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    love the background and your take on the challenge is so very creative!

  19. trisha too on August 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    That is exactly what i thought when i saw this marjie, this is wonderful!

  20. Danee on August 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    As ever I love your use of Dyan’s products. I have yet to try them but was lucky to meet Dyan at CHA…what a lovely woman. I just wanted to hang around her and drink in her British-ness

  21. Sandra on August 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Very cool page! What a great take on it! Love the bright colors! Stunning!

  22. KimMJ on August 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    AMAZING! II love it! I also have that doll body stamp and never thought to mix it with the dylusions stamps. great idea! Thanx for sharing.

  23. alison on August 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

    She’s brilliant! x

  24. Anne R on August 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Marjie, I love the way you have used ruby rainbow’s head for this piece, she is just perfect. Loving the fabulous colours and a great take on Da Vinci’s viruvian man! Very up to date and modern! Anne x

  25. Lori on August 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Really, really creative Marjie! I love your version, the colors are awesome…did I mention creative??? LOL!

  26. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on August 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Amazing Marjie…what a great idea in bright colors. Very creative!
    greetings, Alie :-)

  27. Lourdes on August 1, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Wonderful!!!!! A renaissance classic with classics of Dyan Raveley!!!! You’ve recently visited the province of Vinci…very inspiring!…. The colors are really bright!!! I like your renaissance woman….

  28. france papillon on August 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

    that is soooo cool! only a talented mind would come up with it! and the background… oooh the yumminess!
    hugs sweetie!

  29. butterfly on August 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

    This is brilliant Marije! I LOVE that you’ve made Vitruvian man a woman – and the mobile limbs are a touch of genius over that amazing background – wonderful!!
    Alison x

  30. Ana K. on August 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Brilliant Marjie!! Dylusion girl head is very clever idea and colours are fabulous like always. Love it!!!

  31. Shahrul Niza on August 1, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Fabulous design, Marjie!. You’re so very clever, leaving her limbs free & interactive!. LOVE the layered tag background and the vibrant colors make me happy already.

  32. SusanK on August 1, 2012 at 7:36 am

    What a wild idea that you’ve shared! Love it! And I think I have that Limited Edition stamp…hmmmm.

  33. Lucy Edmondson on August 1, 2012 at 6:44 am

    This is just amazing! So creative and funny and well executed. A bit Voodoo woman I think. I have to be the first to mention though, that the original has an important ‘bit’ yours doesn’t! Hee hee!
    Lucy x

  34. Terry on August 1, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Marjie, This is absolute brilliance! Dyan will be just doing the happy dance to see what you created! Love the vibrant colors and the new “Vitruvian Woman.” Too fun! Love this!

  35. Sue C on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Fabulous project Marjie ! Love the colours and the detail that sits behind the main image. Stunning design ! Sue C x

  36. Anita Houston on August 1, 2012 at 6:19 am

    You have totally knocked me off my creative feet!!!! I am in awe of your creativity and imagination! This is so fabulous Marjie!!! The depth of color, the ingenuity, and the uniqueness of it is fab! I love that it’s humorous yet pays homage to the man!!! Absolutely fantastic!!! Show this to Dyan! She will love it!!!