Friday, May 5, 2017

Five Finger Art Studio Journaling with StencilGirl Stencils

Hellooo everyone! I am so excited to be here today!
My name is Catie Guse a.k.a fivefingerartstudio on Instagram.  

Thank you so much for having me as a guest designer!

Let's start off with “happy accidents happen at spontaneous moments!"
There is never a plan when it comes to my art journals. I love jumping around from journal to journal or piece of loose paper. And this page was no exception. 

Today I want to share a quick and easy page that’s great for those warm ups or when you only have a short amount of time to play with your supplies.  
Supplies used: 
Art journal
Matte black gesso
Crayola markers or a water soluble medium
Sharpie poster paint water soluble marker
White gesso matte
Cecilia Swatton's Feathers 6 stencil
Rae Missigman's Travel Note stencil
Kae Pea's Wheel in the Sky stencil
Seth Apter's Text and Texture Discovery stencil

Here I scribbled, doodled and lettered using Crayola markers. The more random mark colors you use and the more surface covered will yield better results in the next few steps. Remember the idea is to be quick and most importantly relaxed.

With your black gesso, scrape a thin layer onto your page leaving some marks show through on the edges for more interest and let dry. 

Now for the fun part! Add white Sharpie paint pen and/or gesso or matte paint and doodle through a stencil or two or ten!! 
Here is the finished page!
Thanks so much for having me and HAVE FUN!
You’re also welcome to tag me on Instagram or Catie Guse on Facebook.
I'd love to see what you make or how you have incorporated this technique into your art!



  1. Oh Catie, this is so wonderful!!I've never been a doodler kind of person. So I greatly admire people who can do that! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Catie, this is great eye-candy! May I have your permission to share two images from this post on my own blog? Giving you full credit, of course. And of course I would include your fivefingersartstudio link. If you first want to check out my blog, here is the address --

    1. Thank you Cecilia, I would love for you to share away💕

    2. Thanks, Catie -- you're a doll! :-)

  3. Awww, this is so darling, Catie! Love this technique! :)

  4. Is there a step missing? what is allowing the colors to go through the black background?

    1. Hi Michelle! No there is no step missing. Because the markers are water soluble, any wet media you put over them reactivates the ink. This technique will work with dylusions, distress stains and watercolor. Any non permanent inks,sprays etc. Hope this answeres your question? This also means if you go back over the piece in a year or more, it will still reactivate making the under colors come through.

  5. This looks so cool! Love it! Thank you for sharing this with us all Catie.

  6. Love how the colors pop off the black background.


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