Monday, March 27, 2017

Frieda Oxenham: Art is the Window

There are some images I keep returning to in my art, and doors and windows are some of those. I love Church Windows and this spread shows you how I’ve used it in its entirety on both pages.  The other thing I wanted to demonstrate to you is that although something might be called a stencil, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it as a stamp!  Hope these ideas help you in your own work.  Here is the step-by-step tutorial.

1.      Gesso 2 pages in an A4 Dylusions art journal, or any journal of your choice.
2.      Using both blue and purple paint scrape them onto the pages using an old credit card or key car and then remove some of the paint with a baby wipe through stencil Buenos Aires.
3.      Using purple permanent spray paint add small parts of stencil Toledo to the pages.
4.      Using blue permanent spray paint stencil on Buenos Aires Mini here and there.
5.      Use your gelli plate with black paint and Toledo add pattern to the deli paper. You can also spray paint it onto the deli paper through the stencil.
6.      Glue on pieces of the deli paper from step 5 as well as vintage text.
7.      Using stencil Toledo and Buenos Aires as well as permanent spray paint, add pink, turquoise, magenta and white to the pages randomly.
8.      Using the medium stencil from October 2015 StencilClub, brayer on black paint to the stencil. Do this on a background such as a piece of spare paper, or your under paper to catch the black squares.  You want to use the black paint left on the stencil. Turn it over onto your pages, cover it with deli paper on top and brayer vigorously. You’re using the stencil as a stamp for all intents and purposes. Do this randomly all over your pages.
9.      Repeat step 8 with white paint.
10.  Using Church Windows and permanent gold acrylic paint (I used Liquitex) add the stencil image to both pages.
11.  Outline window elements with a black marker.
12.  Glue on figure and outline with Stabilo All pencil.
13.  Using your computer print out quotation onto vintage paper and glue on. Glue on image of vintage dog (it bears a remarkable resemblance to my sweet rescue girl Flora!).
14.  Edge the pages with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
 (C) Frieda Oxenham 2017. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.


  1. Beautiful journal spread. I love the "old world" look you've achieved.

  2. I love this Frieda!!!! gorgeous spread and love the mix of patterns !!!


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