Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Guest Designer Victoria LeFevre: Art Journal Cover Tutorial

    I’d like to start by thanking StencilGirl Products for choosing me to be one of their Guest Designers for the month of March.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to be asked, as it truly is an honor.
I created this piece for the cover of my 2016 Art Journal, along with a short tutorial of my creative process.
  I purchased a heavy blank cardboard journal from one of our local craft stores.
Next I prepped both sides of the cover with two coats of Basic Gesso.
This is to insure you have a good surface to work on.

  While the second coat of Gesso is still drying I started working the background using spray ink and acrylic paint,
blocking in the areas of color I wanted behind my stencil.

   Next I start my layering process, for this project I chose Celestial Grove.

  This is the fun part! I’ve added tissue paper, scrapbook papers, and a few photos that I pulled from my files.

I also felt like the piece needed more depth so I again used my stencil, but this time with molding paste for depth.
A matte medium was used between each layer, and there were a lot of them.

When I was satisfied with my design I used a two-part crackle, but you can use whatever you like to give it an antique look.
Next I painted back into my piece for shadow and depth with acrylic paint.

Finally, I drew back into my project adding more details with the ink.
This makes the images pop and adds to the depth of the piece.
Then it was finished with a satin varnish.

     My name is Victoria LeFevre, I’m a self-taught mixed media artist from New Baltimore Michigan
where I live with my husband, Thom and studio sidekick Josie Cat.
My art has been featured in Art Journaling Winter 2012. Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2013,
Art Journaling July/Aug/Sept 2015,as well as Just Steampunk Volume 2, 2012.
You can see more of my art on my blog at
or by liking my Facebook page
Also follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.


  1. What wonderful work, just stunning! What a talented artist. kathy(at)ducklady1@googlemail (dot com)

  2. I have a terrible time designing covers for journals. I worry I will ruin them! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration! Beautiful work...

  3. I've been following Victoria for a few years and I'm happy to see her debut on StencilGirl Talk. This is absolutely beautiful beyond words. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much Leslie! Your kind words mean so much!

  4. Thanks for sharing your art with all of us!

  5. I'm dying! This is such kind of art I love the most! Those depth and shading made this project stunning! Thank you for sharing this tutorial, Victoria. ♥ ♥ ♥


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