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I’m using the Japanese technique of Kintsukuroi in my art journal. What is that? It involves ripping up the page! Check it all out in my guest post on the guest post on the Stampington and Co. blog.  You bet there’s video too!  Thanks Stampington for inviting me to play!

Where did the inspiration for this come from? It was inspired by Jewelz Gibson and Kellie Wilkinsons’ post in my Facebook group, Rediscovering Your Creativity.  Stop on by and see what inspires you!


Easy Marbling

There are only 3 steps to making these marbled papers. To get set up, all you need to do is put plain old tap water into a container then get ready to have fun playing!

  1. Sprinkle on the Easy Marble.
  2. Swirl the color around with a toothpick.
  3. Put your paper on the water and lift up the color.

Watch Easy Marble and Book Text on YouTube.

No matter how many colors you sprinkle on the water, it won’t make mud. Sprinkling is easy because there is a special cap on it so just a drop at a time comes out.

To create the swirls and pattern, take a toothpick or similar item, and drag it through the color.  Then just put your book text, white paper, whatever you are marbling, into the water.  Lift up the paper out and you’ll have all that color now on your paper.

Set the paper aside to dry.  When I pull the paper out of the water, I put it on a paper towel on the counter to dry.  There is very little wrinkling this way. If your paper wrinkles up for you, after the paint is completely dry, you can press it flat by putting it under a heavy book for a day.


Monochromatic or rainbow?  You have the freedom to make the color combinations you want because it is all the same easy peasy technique.

These bottles look little, but they are mighty.  Since only a drop comes out at a time, I was quite surprised by how many papers these can make.

What can you do with your marbled papers?  Art journals, collage, ATC’s, cards, scrapbooking layouts – anything you enjoy making with paper!

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Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

Colors of Easy Marble in the video: white, orange, lemon, reseda, cherry red, azure blue, black, rose pink, light green, aqua green, light blue, silver, turquoise, and dark ultramarine.


Ever have trouble covering up a background?  That didn’t happen here. Starting with an ugly background makes it easy to cover up.  What did I use to cover it up?  Stencil masks.  They transformed the background that was yuck into colorful creatures.

Feel free to chuckle about what my daughter pointed out to me in the end that was so obvious once she said it, but I hadn’t seen it, and the struggles I had with the book text.

Watch Transforming an Ugly Background on YouTube.

For just 3 days, in honor of Mary Beth Shaw’s birthday, there’s a huge stencil sale!  You can get a free large stencil on top of the sale discount which is on top of the everyday discounts!

Secret discount code is MBS14 and to get the free large stencil on orders of $100+, you must put the product code (L###) in the comment box at checkout.

Here’s the background that was a blast to create but is rather unappealing.  For now. You can see the  video where background started.  A total mixed media mess of fun.

Using the Figments of Imagination stencil/mask combination, most of the background was covered up.  Because there was a stencil and a mask, that allowed me to see what it would all look like before committing with the paint.

The stencil would let me see what the insides of the Figments would look like and having the masks allowed me to move them around until they were arranged in a way that made me happy. All this before a drop of black paint was added.

That ugly background suddenly looked a whole lot better when it was turned into the Figments.

These friends needed be grounded, walking on something besides air.  Torn book text became their hill.  That was supposed to be something really easy to do. But it turned out to be more of an adventure than anticipated.

In the video, you see me use what I call Splotters (really daubers filled with spray ink).  You can see how I fill them, and why I call them Splotters here.

That black space was mostly black and it called for a touch of color.  Using an Art Crayon, gently hints of the rainbow were smeared around to give it a subtle look.

Not exactly Pulitzer material, but the found poetry felt right as I was gluing it down.

This cornerstone, idea of connection, to each other, permanent and universal,extraordinary.

Next time you have a background you don’t love, try covering it up with stencil masks and see how it transforms!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!