Thursday, August 3, 2017

Shine Today Art Journal Spread by Lauren Hatwell


Hello Everyone! Lauren Hatwell here!

For my project today I wanted to use two of my favorite StencilGirl stencils for a journal spread.
I've not been able to put these two stencils down since I got them! I just love them!
I've used Garden Swirl and Now Is The Time

The colors I've used are Butternut, Spiced Paprika, Coral, Cherry Red and Yellow Submarine which are all Fresco Finish Paints by PaperArtsy. The gorgeous purple color is an Amsterdam Expert Acrylics color called Permanent Red Violet (Shade 567). The Acrylic Inks I used are  Quinacridone Rose and Primary Yellow. 

I started by applying color with a damp Baby Wipe, just randomly on the page to seal the paper and provide a nice warm base layer:

Then I dripped some Amsterdam Acrylic Inks (Primary Yellow and Quinacradone Rose) up and down the pages to add another layer of interest:

Next I used some Heavy Body Gel Medium through the Now Is The Time Stencil, picking out the words Shine and Today before stenciling over both pages with the Garden Swirl Stencil and Amsterdam Acrylics Permanent Red Violet:

When the paint was dry I replaced the word stencil and sponged lightly over the letters again with Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint so that you can read the words, but still see the detail of the stencil underneath.
I love the effect it creates.

I love stamping so all my projects will have stamping on them somewhere. For my journal page, I wanted to have some feathers floating down to rest on those beautiful flowery swirls, so I picked Tracy Scott's feathers from ETS05 for PaperArtsy. I used the yellow acrylic ink to paint the feathers and then added some shading with my Prismacolour Pencils.  I picked out the hearts with some Crackle Glaze just to make them pop. 

Some of the feathers are painted straight onto the page, but I love fussy cutting so I couldn't resist cutting out some of the feathers to give the page a bit more dimension. 

Hope I inspired you and you have fun stenciling in your art journal, too!


  1. I'm in awe, Lauren, this is fabulous - must get my acrylic inks out again thanks to your encouragement.


  2. Great work Lauren you are so talented,


  3. Such amazing work. Way beyond me at the mo.

  4. What a fun vibrant spread Lauren!

  5. what a gorgeous page, Lauren! I've tried fussy cutting that feather and it's not easy!!

  6. Stunning page Lauren...the depth of the layers are amazing

  7. Fabulous creation Lauren. You like fussy cutting...I will send you some! Loving all your layers and was a bit worried that you had slashed your wrist at one stage, but turned out tremendous! Xx 😜

  8. It's gorgeous Lauren. I love all the stencilling in the background. Well done to cut all the tiny fronds in those feathers. It was well worth it though for your gorgeous final result. Love it.

  9. What an incredible page from Lauren - the colours and the layers are simply stunning - wowzer!
    Alison x


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