Monday, July 27, 2015

Art Journaling with StencilGirl Guest Designer Frieda Oxenham

No One Listened by Frieda Oxenham

It’s such a treat to be back here as guest designer for StencilGirl. I had a lot of fun creating this spread for you. There were several points where I thought I might be finished with the pages but then I just wanted to add another little something until eventually the page simply felt done. I know this is hard to explain but it’s like it suddenly resonates with you and it feels complete. You get to trust that feeling inside when you do a lot of art making: the moment of Just Rightness.

The inspiration for this spread came from the fact that the voters in Scotland are facing no fewer than 4 votes in 4 years. Two are behind us and 2 are still to come. All the political discussions in the newspapers, digitally and on TV have only one result: no one is listening anymore!

Here are my steps:
  1. Working in the Dylusions Journal, gesso the pages.
  2. Brush turquoise, purple and pink paint over the page and rub back with a baby wipe through the Doodle It Borders stencil.

  3. Repeat step 2 using green paint.

  4. Using the 3 x 5” small gelli plate, stencil L348, and yellow paint, mask off areas of the page with waxed paper, stamp with the gelli plate through the stencil to make patterned lines on the page.

  5. Stick on strips of fabric and washi tape using a mix of plain and sparkly glue (I used the Decopatch ones
  6. Spray blue hands on two sheets of white paper using both sides of stencil Tangled Tribal Hand, with a permanent ink spray (I used Liquitex). Cut out hands.
  7. Glue on hands to the pages as shown with matte medium.

  8. Colour in hands and cover with a wash of watered down yellow fluid acrylic paint.
  9. Stamp on yellow spirals (using a homemade stamp).
  10. Add large white circles using fingers, and small circles using sequin waste and white acrylic paint.
  11. Paint on pink in selected areas using fingers.

  12. Spray on words from stencil Fridge Poetry using a white permanent ink spray (I used Liquitex)
  13. Outline some words using a black marker.
  14. Glue on text.
  15. Outline hands, text and circles using a black Stabilo All pencil.
  16. More outlining using water soluble oil pastels in yellow, pink and turquoise.

  17. As the Decoart decoupage glues proved to be rather sticky I finished by carefully (so as not to disturb the oil pastels and Stabilo All lines) putting on a layer of matte medium and I used that opportunity to add some lapis lazuli tinsel glitter from Martha Stewart.
  18. Outline hands and text with white marker (I used a Posca marker)
  19. Dribble and Splatter inks (including some pearlescent ones) over the page.
I thought I was finished at this stage but it turned out I was wrong!
  1. Using Paynes Grey and using Past, Present, Future stencil on words and little circles as shown, and outline with white and coloured markers.

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

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  1. I just popped over here from Frieda's blog. Didn't realize SG had a blog too! These are fabulous pages and most inspiring. Frieda used so many layers with stenciling and developed such a rich depth of color. Fantastic work!

  2. Awesome! Thank you Frieda for so many details & ideas!

  3. Love love love this post and all the colors and layers! Thanks for sharing! Very inspirational...

  4. Beautiful pages - looking at it after reading the background on these pages makes it so much more meaningful! Love how it turned out.


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