Friday, October 12, 2018

Guest Designer: Jenny Potter

Hi everyone! My name is Jen (aka ozegran)!
I've been crafting ever since I can remember. From knitting and crocheting to folk art, quilting, and then I found scrapbooking and YouTube in 2009! Since then I’ve been recording YouTube videos creating mini albums, cards, storage units and art journaling. One thing I absolutely HAVE to do when I buy a stencil is ‘play’ with it. I mask sections off and just use certain areas of the stencils to create a completely different look than what the stencil initially dictates. A stencil is more than just the given design, it’s the start of actually looking for something more within the design.

Today I'm using Pam Carriker's Door to Heart 9 stencil which I absolutely fell in love with the moment I spotted it!

So then came the art journal process!

I tore a page from my 160g (98lb) Canson Mix Media Watercolor journal and started on the background.

I decided not to apply gesso to the page but went directly to my background using Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxides in ‘cracked pistachio’, ‘mermaid lagoon’, ‘broken china’, ‘peeled paint’ and ‘peacock feathers’, and a 10”x 8” Gelli plate.

I applied the distress oxides onto the 10”x 8” gelli plate using a mini brayer, then lightly spritzed water onto the gelli plate. I had to do this a few times because my paper was larger than the gelli plate, but that gave it more interest I thought.

As the distress oxides are very muted I thought I’d add some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals to add some shimmer to the background. I used ‘bavarian blue’, ‘Naples yellow hue’ and ‘bratwurst brown’. I strategically applied the Magicals where I wanted them based on the layout of the Door to Heart 9 stencil.

Then I turned to my favorite colors (blues and browns) and just go for it! So I positioned the stencil down onto the page, took some ‘paynes gray’, ‘prussian blue’, ‘mars black’, ‘burnt sienna’ and ‘iridescent copper’ acrylic paints and started sponging.

I wanted the door frame colored, so I took some Prussian blue and painted it as well as the steps.

Next I took some ‘pearl white’ Lumiere acrylic paint and swiped it over the blue which gave it some texture.

Once the base of the door frame and steps was done I decided to add a couple of birds on the branches. The stamps I used were from the ‘13th hour’ set by KaiserCraft. For this I heat embossed one bird and inked the other. I also had them facing away from each other. 

I used VersaMark clear embossing ink and Ranger ‘turquoise’ antiquities embossing powder on one of the birds. The other I stamped with Ranger ‘jet black’ archival ink.

As soon as I saw this stencil I looked at the heart and immediately thought of the name for my page – LOST. So I decided to stamp the word LOST using VersaMark clear embossing ink and heat set it with Celebrations of Australia ‘saturn pearl’ embossing powder. The stamp set used was the ‘blind melon’ alphabet set by Traci Bunkers.

Now I needed to blend it all together so took out my water soluble oil pastel Portfolios in ‘black’, ‘cerulean’, ‘medium brown’, ‘rust’ & ‘white, along with a ‘prussian blue’ water soluble wax pastels by Reeves. I also added some Faber-Castell ‘gold champagne’ Gelatos to the mix!

You could tell where the steps of the stencil ended with a straight edge so I decided to blend the darker colors into that bottom left corner.

Once the shading was done I knew it needed something else added to it because it just looked too dark. So I took a white uni POSCA 0.9-1.3mm paint pen and added a quote along the right side, then took a white extra fine point Sharpie paint pen and defined the steps a bit more which gave them some much needed highlights.

Next I took some Heidi Swapp ‘gold’ Color Shine and added some splats, then watered down some gesso and using a fan brush added more splats! 
I have recorded the entire process and you can watch it here:

Thanks so much for visiting StencilGirl® Talk today!
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  1. Thanks so much for the amazing opportunity to be a guest blogger 😄 Your stencils make it so easy to just play and have fun!

  2. Really great way to use the stencil! Love the colors you used!

  3. Thanks Diane �� Still dark but there are bright colours too ��

  4. Love this - and love the way your video showed your whole working process.

    1. Thanks so much Terry. I include everything in my how to videos to show the struggles, the fun, the uglies and that it doesn’t always come easy. Those new to art journaling need to see the mess before the success of a completed page that they are happy with, or not. It’s a process that should be free of rules and just plain fun and play ��

  5. Congrats! Always love how you create your backgrounds <3

  6. Is it me that I see a woman's head with a Shaw on her head and the birds and such as her facial features? I suppose not because allot of us artist see faces. Love ya Jennie.... well done!

    1. LOL Dar, we always see faces in our work 😀

  7. Beautiful work and article!! Thank you for sharing your talents!

  8. Absolutely love it Jen. Do hope I get to connect live with you one of these days. Will try and get notifications set up on youtube. Congrats on the designer gig. You deserve it.

    1. Thanks so much Sandi 😀❤️
      I stream Thursdays 8pm Eastern USA time until they go back to standard time, in which case it will be 7pm

  9. What a surprise to see you here as a guest designer. Doorways are great to work with and yours is awesome. thanks as always for sharing.

    1. The stencil I used was just calling out to me to be used. As soon as I saw it I had to use it. There are so many ways to use this type of stencil. Thanks so much 😀

  10. What an amazing gorgeous art journal page! Loved the process, thank you for sharing!

  11. I love this stencil too. Love all the supplies you used to create your finished project. Thanks for sharing!


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