Here is what I did with mine:
1. Undo the sketchbook so that you are left with the cover and the loose pages (8 double pages).
2. Using the 8 x 10” Gelli plate with 2 different colors each time as well as a wide variety of stencils add paint to the pages. I used the original plate with stencil for one side of a page, and the plate with the stencil removed for another side. In the process I also made lots of collage materials with the left over paints on the plate which is always a bonus. Let the pages dry really well after each pull.
3. Using just one color do the same for all the pages on top of the precious painting layer, again using both the positive and negative pulls.
I used the following stencils for these steps but you can use whatever StencilGirl stencils you have. Here is my list: Large stencil from November 2014 StencilClub, Garden Dreams, Loopy Ladders, Clustered Leaves, Stripes and Alternating Circles.
4. Now stencil all over the resulting pages with an all over pattern using the large and medium stencil from April 2016 StencilClub, as well as Inky Circles stencil. I used white, black and pink paint for this step.
5. Stencil on a focal point onto your pages after you have decided in which order you want to have them in your sketchbook. On some pages I placed the focal point in the middle, on others in the corners and on others still on all those places. I used the following stencils for this step: Stylized Fireworks. Ornamental Petals, Merry Go Round, Mandala #6, the smallest stencils from the April 2016 and June 2014 StencilClub as well as Bali Doily.
6. Outline the patterns using black, white and colored markers.
7. Take the cover of your sketchbook and black gesso both sides of it.
8. Stencil on a focal point using Mandala #6 and Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste. I outlined with a white marker and gave my sketchbook the title: Pattern Play.
9. Put the pages back into the sketchbook cover in the order you selected in step 5 and sew them in down the middle of the center pages. I used black thread and the very longest stitch length your sewing machine offers.
10. Reinforce the stitching with fabric tape on the outside of the journal.
11. Glue on suitable quotations and words as well as postage stamps to the spreads.
(C) Frieda Oxenham 2016. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.