As usual, I absolutely love this month's stencils! When I pulled them out of the envelope and saw circle patterns, I did a little dance in my kitchen. I love me some circles! I felt like these would be fabulous mixed together with another of my latest obsessions - making my own hand-carved rubber stamps. I thought it would be really cool to have a set of stamps that would coordinate with my stencils, so I traced some of the circles from the 9x12 stencil onto different pieces of rubber, then drew and carved designs around them. Here's what I've made so far:
Here's my first art journal page - the background was done with watercolors, then I used my stencils with Archival Ink to layer on top. (Notice some of the circles where I layered the 4x4 scribbly stencil on top of the other circles - you just mask one stencil with the other... I love how this looks!) Then I used black Archival Ink to stamp a few images from one of my hand-carved stamps, doing my best to line up the center with the circle so that the inked background image would become part of the stamped design. Finally, I used Derwent Graphix markers to add some color (and dimensional paints, of course!) I was pretty excited about how well the elements worked together.
If you look closely, you can see that I used the 4x4 again to get pattern in the middle of the dark blue circles. It gives just a little bit more texture and depth, I think.
I had so much fun putting these together, and I'm sure I'll use the stamps and stencils together a lot more, and I'll definitely make more stamps to pair with my stencils!
Hopefully you're feeling inspired and excited to get this month's stencils. And if you're not yet a member, sign up by March 15th to start your membership with this set!