Friday, February 22, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Tag by Valerie Sjodin

One of my goals for this year is to be more light-hearted and joyful. Making this tag to give has been light-hearted fun, sweet and easy and just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I hope you are inspired to make your own and you have as much fun as I did making it. Blessings!  Valerie

Materials Used:
Nesting Dolls Stencil - L694
Doll Crowns Stencil S667
Celtic Celebration Stencil L279

Other Supplies Used:
Water-soluble Scribble Sticks (I’m using CaranD’ache Neocolor II Water-soluble Wax Pastels)
Micron Pen (I’m using size 02)
Tag or ATC card (or any card or art journal page that can take water)
Filbert or flat watercolor brush about 3/8” or 1/4” wide

1. Trace around a body mask of Nesting Doll (L694) on a tag or ATC card with waterproof pen. My line went off track so I drew a second scribbly line around the whole thing, which I like since it goes with the childlike design.
2. Choose a crown from the Doll Crowns Stencil (S667) and trace inside the Stencil with the pen twice.
3. June Pfaff Daley as designed a great stencil: Celtic Celebration Stencil (L279) . I’m using it here with Water-soluble crayons to draw inside the pattern of the stencil border.
4. Use a slightly wet brush to brush the stencil with water. When I dip my brush into water or rinse my brush out, before I paint on a stencil I touch the brush to a paper towel, so there won’t be too much water that will bleed under the stencil.
5. Put the Doll stencil-mask back on the tag and color in face with flesh color using water-soluble wax pastels. Then paint with water using a slightly wet brush.
6. Color in the heart and leaves with the pastels. Using 2 colors of green and 2 colors of red will add interest and variation to the colors.
7. You can add shading around the edges with slightly darker flash color if desired.
8. Color around the edges of the doll, fading in toward the center.
9. Shade the edges with a darker green or other color you desire.
10. Brush with slightly wet paint brush to smooth out and brighten pigment.
11. Put the Doll Crowns Stencil back on the crown drawn.
12.Color in with desired color.
13. Remember to touch the wet brush to the paper towel before painting the water on the stencil, over the crayon.
14. Tape the face part of the doll stencil onto the tag face.
15. Make simple eyes by drawing eyes with a Micron pen where the eyeballs would be in the stencil.
16. Finish both eyes and trace around the lower part of the nose and mouth stencil.
17. Add doodles & embellishments to the crown, hair, and heart clovers if desired.

18. Color with water-soluble wax pastels and paint with water.
There are so many ways to use this nesting dolls and personalize them using various stencils.  Here is the tag, an ATC card and journal page.
Stencils used in this photo:
Nesting Dolls Stencil - L694
Doll Crowns Stencil S667
Celtic Celebration Stencil L279
Scalloped Border Small Mask S644

For more ideas on what to do with the Nesting Doll Stencil and other stencils and mediums check out Valerie’s blog at  and How-To Stencil Video and Inspiration Page at:



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