Hi, Paula Phillips here! I was beyond excited to work with this wonderful stencil design by Joanne Sharpe for StencilGirl called Whimsey Script:
My favorite stencil designs consist of those that can be used on multiple projects, in multiple ways. When I first saw this stencil I immediately thought of how perfect it would be for a final finishing layer on many of my unfinished art journal pages.
If you are like me, you may have multiple journal pages or projects that are in that "almost there" phase. You know, the phase where you wonder to yourself: "What more does this it need?". I call this the finishing layer.
This layer helps tie in all your wonderful background goodness! In the examples below you will see before and after pictures of journal pages from my Magazine Art Journal.
*Note* A magazine art journal is a magazine that I covered and turned into an art journal. As with any book with thin pages, it's a good idea to glue stick two pages together prior to working on them.
For these pages I limited myself to just a few supplies:
- Whimsey Script StencilGirl Stencil
- Faber-Castel Big Brush Pen in black
- A few craft paints
- Makeup sponges
- A few spray inks
** Don't forget to use complimentary colors, or my faves, black and white :)
For the above spread I chose to use a cream craft paint and a slightly wet makeup sponge. I wanted the stencil image to be a bit messy. The wet makeup sponge thins the paint out enough so that it bleeds under the stencil just a bit. I love how this looks! The initial paint was applied to the stencil that is under the work "your". Since there was still a lot of paint left on the underside of the stencil I stamped it down on the the opposite page and applied a bit of pressure. When you lift the stencil up you will see a similar image to the one under the word "calm".
I repeated this process 3 more times, each time the image becoming more and more faint.
I love this page! The Whimsey Script stencil was a perfect compliment to the alphabet die cut on the right. I used blue craft paint with a dry makeup sponge. As there was already some purple spray ink on the stencil the blue paint mixed with it when applying. I love the two-toned look! I also played around with tilting the stencil to mimic the rest of the elements.
I chose to use a purple spray for the above page. I sprayed ink through the stencil three times. I was a little too close to the page when I sprayed the stencil (practice this too see what you like, but I try to hold the spray about 8" above the page) on the top left. The excess ink started to drip so I took the floportunity to aid in the drippage by blowing the ink so it dripped downwards. Remember, there are no mistakes!
I also used a black spray ink for the above spread. Remember to let the stencil hang off the page a little every so often, this helps the design look more cohesive. I also like to embellish in odd numbers, I chose five sprayed images here.
This page uses a cream craft paint dabbed on with a makeup sponge. I overlapped the stencil onto the main stamped image of the letter mail slot. Having your image touching elements you want to focus or highlight helps the stenciling to look planned, as well as helping to bring it all together. There was a little black spray remaining on the stencil which blended with the cream paint as I dabbed.
I love creating backgrounds. In the above spread I felt completely stuck. I liked the background, yet did not know where to go next. Adding the Whimsey Script stencil with a little sprayed ink did the trick! This time I chose to spray through only some of the image. I believe in making it messy on purpose. If you chose this approach there are no mistakes or smudgy images... you intended it that way! :)
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Need backgrounds? Tomorrow, July 26th, is StencilGirlTalk's first blog hop where I will be sharing an easy background technique! All of the wonderful StencilGirl Creative Team will be participating in this hop, don't miss it! Here is a sneak peek of my project for tomorrow..
Paula Phillips aka Journal Artista