Wednesday, November 25, 2015

StencilGirl Artist Paula Phillips Tutorial

Welcome everyone! My name is Paula Phillips, also known as JournalArtista.

Today I would like to share a page with you using my new Stacked Books stencil.

I started with a background of scraped paint over gesso.  I then added a few bits of a packing tape transfer through a stencil.  I used this for depth and interest in the background.  To learn about this technique, please refer to this YouTube tutorial:

Next, I covered the packing tape transfer images with Matte Medium.  This takes away the shine from the packing tape, as well as allowing the tape to be painted over.  I then collaged a few napkin images, and a picture of a pen and ink from a magazine using Matte Medium.  I added the Whimsey Script stencil in a few places, overlapping all collaged images.

Finally, I added black paint to the right side of the page and placed the Stacked Books stencil directly on top.  I quickly removed the paint from under the stencil with a baby wipe (you can also use a wet cloth), leaving the image of the stacked books in black.

At this stage the art journal page looked like this:

I realized the stacked books blended too much into the background.  Once the black paint was dry I repositioned the stencil back on top and sponged a bit of the same green and pink used in the first layer of the background.  I then used a Derwent Inktense pencil in black to outline and shade each book.  The ink splot looked a little dull so I added a layer of black paint to help it pop.

The final step was to add the words onto the stacked books spines and a whole lot of white splots with watered down white acrylic paint. 

Here is the result:

Here is the before and after of the stacked books after shading and finishing touches.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you give it a try!  Show us your stacked books projects with the hashtags #iseestencilseverywhere and #stencilgirl

You can find more from me at:
Twitter and Instagram:  @Journalartista
I also teach free live classes every Wednesday and Saturday nights at 9:30pm Eastern time here:
I hope to see you there!

Much love,Paula


  1. Great page, Paula. Your explanation is so clear. The stacked book stencil is fantastic! xoxox

  2. Excellent post Paula. I love the page and your instructions are very complete. So happy for you


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