Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Megan Whisner Quinlan: March 2021 StencilClub Stencils

When I was a teenager, I was of that John Huges-Bratt Pack generation. I loved Molly Ringwald, and every single movie she made. My favorite by far was Pretty in Pink. I went through a phase where I watched that movie every day. One scene in particular, when Molly Ringwald visits her friend in Chinatown, made such an impression on me. The vibrant colors on their clothes, the paint on the buildings contrasted with black and all spoke to me. I genuinely think that scene has a place on my art timeline. So much of it informs what I am drawn to now.
When I saw this month's StencilClub stencil set (designed by Mary Beth Shaw & Mary C. Nasser), I was reminded of beautiful Chinese characters and I went in a graffiti direction for this page. Eventually I realized where my theme was going, it would all be perfect for the scene from the movie. 
Follow along for details on how to create a fun journal spread using the new StencilClub stencil set!
I first stamped the face from the Dina Wakley (I Want) stamp set onto some white cardstock. I loosely drew a bob style hair cut around the face emulating Molly Ringwald's hair style in the movie. 
I stamped some newsprint pages with a old Hero Arts stamp (Chinese Wordpaper Newsprint) to make my own newspaper pages. I tore them and glued them around a gessoed page to begin a foundation for the page. 
I stenciled all around my pages in black acrylic paint and allowed it to dry. Then I lightly painted over them with White and Cheddar Dina Wakley acrylic paints to tone down the boldness. I work this way over and over, dark then light, to build up my layers. 
I love to use Dina Wakley acrylic sprays on these spreads (Turquoise and White) to really add extra drips and texture. 
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Hello! My name is Megan Whisner Quinlan. I have been art journaling and book binding for about 20 years. However, I took a 10 year break from paper arts when I had my first 2 children. About 5 years ago, I came back into journaling after some big life changes, including 2 more children. Journaling had always been a part of my life, especially to work things out in life on paper. When I first started out, I really only focused on making books by hand and some basic collage and stamping. I was intimidated by the amazing art journaling artists out there who could create elaborate, mixed media spreads.  When I came back to journaling after such a long break, I decided that I was going to really push myself to learn all the techniques I had been too afraid to try.  Painting and drawing have really allowed me to find so much joy in my creative process, and I now almost exclusively create mixed media every day. I feel excited to have joined the art journaling community and you can find me on Instagram @Megan_Whisner_Quinlan or on Youtube: Megan Whisner Quinlan.

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