Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Making Mixed Media Jewelry with StencilGirl® Products

Hi, everyone! Silvia Souza here! Sometimes process is more important than outcome. I have been exploring different techniques to grow a paper jewelry collection I am developing. Towards that end, I wanted to use StencilGirl® stencils in two different ways, along with some other trial paints and ways of applying it to create texture. I create multiple sheets at one time.

First I applied a skim coat of house paint to one side of black Kraftex with a brush.
Then using different colors I applied another skim coat.
Then a heavier coat of paint was put on and I dragged a texture tool through the paint.
The other side also followed the first two steps but instead of creating texture I applied pattern with stencils Soulful Scribbles Dots Dash stencil by Traci Bautista and Mary Beth's Private Collection 16.4 stencils printing from the gelli plate. I used both the positive and negative print on all my sheets.
Then using the Rough Maze Pattern stencil by Kristie Taylor, Suzi Dennis’ Ancient Marks stencil and Rectangular Patterns for Play stencil by Carolyn Dube as masks, I used an embossing ink pad to dab over the stencil onto each sheet. Then I applied a mix of embossing powders and set them with the heat gun.
I then cut out “components” in different shapes in different sizes.
I organize the components into a pattern that I then follow to sew up a necklace or make into earrings. I also use these components in larger artwork that I am working on.

I was able to make 4 necklaces from these components.
The loop is long enough to wear doubled or tripled.
Have fun stenciling with StencilGirl® Products!
If you want to see more of my paper and thread work and follow more progress with messy experiments, please go to @paperifils on Instagram or

I hope 2020 brings you many artful adventures,


  1. WOW!!! Love your art. Thank you for sharing your techniques.

  2. Gorgeous necklace! I sure wish there was a video of this process. I would love to learn and am better at learning with videos so I can see how the paint and stenciling are applied.

  3. Lovely multi layering and great colours. How did you cut these? Seem uniform in sizes. And what is Kraftex paper? How thick is it? Thanks.

  4. I'm dabbling in paper jewelry components for my jewelry designs using my gelli prints stash. I'm interested to know what Kraftex paper is, I've googled it and can't find it. Thanks!

    1. Hey, just found it at Dick Blick. It's called a paper fabric. Is it more like paper or fabric? What makes it rigid?

    2. Kraftex paper is strong paper that looks like leather. You can decorate it with stamps, paint it, sew it, and it is washable at 40 °C.


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