Hi everyone! I'm Cindy Gilstrap from Junque Art and I'm so excited to be doing my first post as a StencilGirl Creative Team Member. I am honored to be part of the StencilGirl creative family! I love stencils and can't wait to share fun projects with you here.
I'm a mixed media artist and one of my favorite places to create art is in my art journals. It's a great place to play and discover new ideas and techniques. I love creating pages that hold inspiring quotes or words. Today I'm going to walk you through a bright, quirky, and inspiring art journal page.
Let's get started and make a fun art mess!
SUPPLIES - I encourage you to use what you have but here are the basic supplies that I used in the project: Art journal (I'm using a Dylusions square journal by Ranger), white gesso (not shown), 5 acrylic paint colors, 3 stencils (Straight Stems by Terri Stegmiller L121, Chevron Doily Mask by Maria McGuire S195, Rows of Triangles by Rae Missigman M081), 2 colored markers, 2 paint markers, white gel pen.
Step 1: Gesso your page and let dry. I used Liquitex white gesso. (I did not take a photo of this step.)
Step 2: Use a palette knife or brush to spread a random layer of paint. (I used pink but you can use any color.)
Step 3: Add a second color by swiping randomly with a palette knife or brush. (I used orange.)
Step 4: Add a third color following the same technique in Step 3. (I used white to tone down the color a bit.) This technique creates a marbled look to the background. It also creates wonderful texture. Let dry completely.
Step 5: Using a darker shade of one of your background paints, stencil the 6" Chevron Doily Mask by Maria McGuire in several places. (I used a darker shade of pink.) Let dry.
Step 6: Using a contrasting color from the background, stencil the 4" Rows of Triangles by Rae Missigman in several places. (I used blue.) Let dry.
Step 7: Using another contrasting color from the background, stencil the Straight Stems by Terri Stegmiller in 3 different places. (I used green.) Tip: Vary the height of the stems. Let dry.
Step 8: Highlight the leaves with a marker in a darker shade than your paint. I am using a Copic marker.
Step 9: You can blend your highlights with a marker that's a lighter shade. Let dry.
Step 10: Hand letter a favorite quote or phrase with a paint marker in a color that contrasts with the background. Let dry.
Step 11: Add outline detail to your lettering. I used a white fine point Sharpie paint pen. You could also use a gel pen.
Step 12: Continue to add detail to your leaves with a gel pen.
Step 13: Add more detail with dots or marks to some of the other stencil work. I used a white gel pen to add dots to the triangles.
I hope you enjoyed creating a fun inspirational quote art journal page! Remember your art journal is a place of discovery and play. You can apply any of the fun things you discover in your art journal to other projects like a mixed media canvas or scrapbook page. The most important thing is to play and have fun!
Thank you for stopping by StencilGirl Talk. I enjoyed sharing my stencil and art journal love with you! You can find more of my art at Junque Art. Stop by and say hi anytime!