Hi everyone, it's Gwen here today with a new art journal page using stencils, fabric, and markers. For this project I was inspired by one of the challenges for The Documented Life Project as well as by a small fabric shop near my house that I recently visited. The challenge was to use fabric on your art journal page as a texture element. The fabric store I was at had a bin of free fabric scraps left over from their projects and classes, and I came out with a handful of small pieces that I really liked. But how to use them? With stencils, of course!
To start, I took the Pretty as a Peacock stencil by Andrea Matus deMeng and put it upside down on the back of a scrap of fabric and traced the outline of the piece of the stencil that I wanted. I guess you could think of this like paper piecing, but with fabric.
I cut the piece out and then repeated the process with different sections of the stencil and different pieces of fabric. Then I used the stencil as a guide to lay the fabric down on a piece of book paper. I adhered everything in place with a 50/50 mix of water and matte Mod Podge and left it to dry / stiffen up for a few hours.
To try and turn this slightly frightening piece into something that looked good, I started by using some Archival Ink and a blending tool to get some of the detail from the stencil onto my piece - especially those feathers! Then I used Copic markers and a Stabilo All pencil to start adding color, shading, and detail.
December 2014 StencilClub kit. I finished it up with a ribbon, and voila! A finished art journal page that has a very different look and some fun texture.
Hope you enjoyed today's post... until next time, happy stenciling!