Friday, September 12, 2014

September Stencil Club: Building Up Layers

Hi all, Gwen Lafleur here, back again and excited to share a project featuring this month's amazing, exclusive, StencilClub stencils designed by Andrew Borloz.

We've already seen several awesome projects showing just how fun and versatile these stencils are, but hopefully I can share a few more ideas to use when that much anticipated white envelope shows up in your mailbox!

I had so much  fun exploring different ways to use these stencils... the PDF that comes with this month's set is an absolute gold mine of information and ideas and I couldn't wait to play. I decided to use this month's stencils as the basis for a new art journal page.

I really wanted to use the stencils to start building up layers on my page as a frame for my photo. I started out with a quick coat of gesso and then some Yellow Green fluid acrylic paint. Once that was dry, I used ink pads and my blending tools to start adding pattern on top.

You can see how the different sized stencils work so well with each other. I started using the 6x6 to put down my initial row, then used it again to mask while I added detail with the 4x4.

Then you can see a few rows later how the 6x6 and the 9x12 stencil work together so you can keep adding layers and details.

Above you can see what it looked like after I finished stenciling and added my photo (I printed it out on a transparency, cut a hole in the page, and adhered it to the back.) You could leave it at this point - the stencils give so much depth and detail on their own, but I decided to add some more layers on that base and really make the design my own.

Above, you can see how I outlined the shapes with a black pen to highlight the details and make it pop. From there, all I had to do was add some Liquid Pearls along with a title and some journaling. And here it is - the final page with lots and lots of layers.

Hope you enjoyed today's project as much as I enjoyed making it!

Not a member of StencilClub yet?  Head on over to the website and check out the details... it's not too late to make sure you get the September stencils. If you sign up by the 15th, you'll start with this set! You also get access to the StencilClub Secret Facebook Group which is full of great conversation and loads of inspiration.

Until next time!

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  1. Beautiful job Gwen. I'm going to need these stencils.

  2. Stunning! I love the see through photo. It really stands out from the beautiful frame you made for it!

  3. Gwen, I love your page. The doodles really added to it. That picture makes me long for the beach. Beautiful.

  4. Wow, what a fantastic way to use these stencils for making decorative frames!

  5. That is so lovely a page. Andrew's stencils rock!

  6. Incredible work making all of those layers! Just beautiful work. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. That is Zenfully beautiful. Can't wait.

  8. Thanks everyone! These are such cool stencils... I can't wait to see what everyone does with them!

  9. I really like all the colors and how they POP on the page. Beautiful job.


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