Friday, August 28, 2015

Art Journaling with StencilGirl Guest Designer Frieda Oxenham

I am not who I was by Frieda Oxenham

I’m so pleased and proud to be back with you as the Guest Designer for StencilGirl.
I’m such a huge fan of these stencils and want to let everyone know how fantastic and versatile they are.
They are not only excellent for giving you images to use on your journal pages but also for making backgrounds using only certain areas of the stencils which means that you get much more
than you might have originally thought. 
I’m always discovering more uses for them and I love sharing that here with you.

You’ll notice, too, that I’m using stencils from the StencilGirl StencilClub.
These are unique designs you can only obtain by joining the club!
What are you waiting for?!

Here are the step by step instructions:

1.     Gesso pages in Dylusions journal.
2.     Scrape on yellow and orange paint and erase using a baby wipe and Nathalie Kalbach's Batik Stencil.
3.     Do the same as in step 2 using red (I used an iridescent red paint).

4.     Stamp text on as shown. I used Romantic Text stamp from Stampotique, designed by France Papillon. 

5.     Spray through Mary Beth Shaw's August 2014 Stencilgirl Club stencil using white permanent spray ink (I used Liquitex). 

6.     Add leaves. I used black leaves from a Designer Guilt Kashima wallpaper stencil book). They were glued on with matte medium. 

7.     Using Daniella Woolf's Succulents stencil and titanium white paint, stencil randomly on the pages with a cosmetic sponge. The Succulents stencil looks a lot like a rose, too, and here that’s is what I want it to be. 
8.     Repeat step 7 using light blue paint. Also add some blue paint randomly in various places including edges.
9.     Continue to use the blue and add little dots using stencil Seth Apter's Timeless stencil.
10.   Using  same stencil as in step 5 spray on Cosmic Shimmer Ink Spray Mist Aqua Breeze.

11.   Glue on vintage bud image as shown.
12.   Stamp on leaf image (Dylusions Around the Edge stamp DS006) with black Archival ink.
13.   Stamp on text (from Downa Downey stamp) on a separate piece of paper, tear out, add ink around the edges and glue on.
14.   Add more white dots and the word Timeless using Seth Apter's Timeless stencil.
15.   Drop Liquitex yellow ink down the page and encourage with a water spray.

16.   Mark the edges of the pages with Distress Ink Black Soot.

(c) Frieda Oxenham July 2015. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How to Pop Your Art with Subtle Use of Stencils

Hi! Kirsten Reed here today and I am going to show you how to incorporate stencils into your art in a subtle way.
I decided to work with a small 5x7 canvas, perfect size for gifts. 

I begin by marking my blank canvas with Marie McGuire's Doodle It Tornado Flowers stencil in various bright colors and no pre-determined pattern all over the canvas.  I use a cosmetic sponge for light dabbing.

The canvas begins to look like this:

I then sketched a small country church on to the canvas.  I see a lot of these where I live here in TN and they are so charming to me.  You could really sketch anything you wanted.

After my sketch is on the dried paint, I begin to block out SOME of the background.  I like to let bits and pieces "peek" through.  I continue by painting in some of the church.

I then decide to use one of Mary Beth Shaw's Stencil Club stencils to add in some cobbled looking roof tiles in gray paint.

I get this look.  I am not finished.  I purposely did not use paint everywhere, again to allow the background colors to peek through. 

I finish up the roof with some light dabs of white in various spots with the same stencil.

 Now, I do my finishing work.  I add shadows, paint the door and add some layers of blue in different shades to my sky.  All the while, allowing some colors to peek through.

I finish up the piece with a little pen work for details and incorporate the word "peace" along the front of the church.

Thank you for joining me.  I hope this helps spur some ideas on how you can use stencils subtly to rev up your artwork!  If you would like to see more of my work, please follow me on Instagram and Kirsten Reed Designs on Facebook.  Hope to see you again!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Art Journal Pages with Brigitta Budahazi

Hi Everyone! This is Brigitta Budahazi again.
Today I will show you how I created my latest page in my art journal with StencilGirl stencils.
Although there are only five layouts in my old Moleskine calendar which I converted to an art journal,
I’m having more and more fun in creating this kind of art. Hope you will like this two pager, too.

1. This time I did not put any gesso layers as a resist, as I wanted to achieve a watercolor effect.
First I glued a piece of scrapbook paper into the calendar. I recommend you to use watercolor paper or heavy weight and textured scrapbook paper (Authentique Paper scrapbook papers for example). The Faith collection has light colors and neat patterns, so I found it perfect for this purpose. I used Pentart Express glue.

2. Next, using Wall of Words stencil designed by Carolyn Dube and Pentart Transparent Wax Paste, I stenciled some sentences onto the right side of my layout. Since it was totally transparent, I did not noticed I’ve made a mistake. But no problem, in the end of the process I’ve fixed it. ;)

3. Then I got Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet stencil, designed by Cecilia Swatton, put it on the left side and using Pentart Media Mists in three different colors, I misted the pages. My intention was to achieve the colours of dawn or dusk. Looking at the photo at first sight you may think the waxed motif was covered by the mists. But I used a paper towel and removed the access from the waxed areas. I could do this because the wax is water resistant so the color of the scrapbook paper showed up.

4. After this I outlined the texts (and realized my mistake!) with a thick alcohol ink liner and using a thinner one I outlined the flower too.

5. Next, I traced two types of flowers from the Tropical Floral stencil designed by Traci Bautista (with a Uni-Ball gel pen) and filled the spaces between the flowers with dots (using the thick alcohol-ink pen).

6. As final touches I colored the spaces between the flowers with watercolor-pencils
and doodled 12 hanging stars.

Here are some close-ups of the finished layout:

Thank you so much for stopping by here on StencilGirlTalk and reading my post.
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding this project.
You can contact me through my blog or

Hello, from Hungary,
Brigitta Budahazi aka Gigi :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

StencilGirl Guest Artist Mary Freeman

Welcome to StencilGirl Guest Artist Mary Freeman

Thank you, StencilGirl, for asking me to share a journal spread using a few of StencilGirl’s amazing stencils.  I chose several fabulous stencils created by Seth Apter.  I was drawn to the words, style of lettering and all the wonderful marks and doodles.

I am using Sabrina Ward Harrison’s book, “The Story is Happening” as my journal.  I began this spread as I usually do by adding swipes of color to the pages, covering up and leaving some things exposed.  I may end up covering much of it as I go, and the color I began with may change completely.

I added some scribbles and dripped black on the left hand side of my spread.  I smeared the ink and then I wiped it off with a baby wipe, leaving cool smears of splotchy ink.  Pages can go through an ugly messy stage, all part of life.  I really liked the look of the spread at this stage, but I knew I had a long way to go and that it would probably change quite a bit in the process.

I like to bury things in my pages.  So I began to use Seth’s stencils to add words to do that. I also began to write thoughts and feelings that will most likely get covered up…all a part of my process.

I added more paint layers, and as you can see, more things got covered up.  I also added some drips of white ink.

I added some collage images.  They may stay or go.

Well the collage image on the right side of the spread went…I was just not feeling it.  I also added my beloved black paint.  I always, well most always, use black on my pages.

I added more collage images on the left and right side of the spread.  I also added some masking tape, and I began to add lettering and journaling with my hand as well as the words inside out from one of Seth’s stencils.

I continued adding marks and words with Seth’s stencils. (the black marks in the upper middle, white marks left of bottom center, doodle marks bottom right as well as the words, secrets, inside out, story and large unfinished are from Seth’s stencils).  I drew a bit and did some more journaling.  As you can see I covered up the collage elements on the right side of the spread, and covered up the green that I started with.  Hardly anything from the first image of this spread stayed the same.  Most of my pages are created with layer after layer.  While the earlier layers are no longer visible, they are still there as are the layers and stories of our lives.  
I also spelled story (s) wrong… well, mistakes happen.  I could fix it, but I am partial to the imperfect so I’m leaving it.

To see more of Mary's work please visit: her BLOG and ETSY

Stencils Used: