Monday, June 29, 2015

Art Journaling with StencilGirl Guest Designer Frieda Oxenham

Welcome StencilGirl Guest Designer Frieda Oxenham!!!

It’s such a pleasure to be back here guest designing with some gorgeous StencilGirl stencils and I’ve made some hot coloured pages for you. Hopefully that will be reflected in the weather outside! I have used Liquitex ink sprays (my newest favourite art supply!) but you can use what you have.  Just make sure it’s a permanent spray you use. This spread ended up quite different from what I originally envisioned. The music text and score was just going to be part of the background collage but instead I liked it so much that it became one of the focal points of the page. I often change course like this in the middle of my journal pages. It’s good to be flexible and open to opportunities when they present themselves. Let's get started.

1.  Gesso your pages. I'm making a spread in my Dylusions journal. I already had some colour on the pages from where I put the leftovers from other pages and it all addes to the layers. 

2.  Using Inktense blocks, rub the colour on the pages and then use a brush to make the colours pop to life. Once dry the colours become permanent.

3.  Using black a Archival ink pad, stamp on text. I used a stamp by Anna Griffon. 

4.  Using the Inky Circles stencil, white acrylic paint and a brush, add white circles over the entire background.

5.  Scrape over some lemon-yellow acrylic paint using an old credit card. 

6.  Using Liquitex spray paint (medium magenta) and the Deconstructed Bold Lily mask and stencil, spray on flowers as shown.

7.  Using Liquitex spray paint (cadmium red medium) and using the mask of the same stencil, spray the inside of the flower.

8.  Let dry very well. Using stencils and mask as a guideline, outline the flowers with white marker. 

9.  Using a fashion image from a magazine, glue it (using matte medium) into position. 

10.  Glue on other collage elements such as dressmaker's pattern paper, vintage cottage image, black/white patterned paper as well as music sheet and text and integrate into the page using lemon yellow and red acrylic as well as gesso. Collage over the fashion figure's outfit.

11. Use Inktense watercolour pencils activated by water to colour in figure (I used crimson and poppy red.

12. Made a stencils of the figure out of newspaper, put it around the figure and using the Inky Circles stencil sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist colour Sunflower Sparkle (loveley name but they mean gold!). Clean off that gold left on the stencil on the opposite page (you don't want to waste this!)

13. Outline the figure with black Stabiolo All pencil.

14. Using water and soluble oil pastels, outline some of the circles in the background and rub the colour around with your fingers or a slightly wet brush.

15.  Rub the edges of the pages with a gold ink pad.

Here are some detail shots...

(c) Frieda Oxenham May 2015. To see more of Frieda's work, visit her BLOG.

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  1. That figure in red is so striking! My attention went to her immediately -- she's a great focal point!

  2. Such an awesome spread with a wonderful step-by-step!

  3. "loveley name but they mean gold!" ROTFL

  4. Beautiful spread, as usual! I'm loving the wonky circles in the background, and the lady's dress made from patterns is awesome!


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