Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Megan Whisner Quinlan: June 2021 StencilClub Stencils

Although working in my art journal is my favorite mixed media space to play, when I am looking to create something smaller and experiment, I love to work on tags. Tags allow me to try the same technique over and over, while tweaking as I go. When I am done, I have a bunch of beautiful tags I can then use in future spreads in my journal, or use as happy mail for a friend. Here I decided to experiment with ghosting techniques with ink sprays, a technique that I love but always forget to use. Follow along to see how fun it can be to experiment with using these techniques and this month's StencilClub stencil set.
You can use any size tags for this project, but here I chose #10 Dina Wakley Media tags from Ranger Ink. I also chose Pomegranate, Desert Sand, Blue Lagoon, and London Fog ink colors from Dylusions (also from Ranger Ink). 
Spray a mixture of colors onto your tags and allow them to dry. Mop up the excess with paper towels. Hold your stencil over your tags and spray water through the stencil. Pull up your stencil gently, and roll your paper towels over your tags to remove the water. As they dry, a ghost image from your stencil will appear. 
As you experiment, try spraying your stencil first and then place wet side face down on your tags and lift your stencil to reveal the negative of the stencil. Mop up water with paper towel rollover your tags . 
With the 4" stencil, stencil through with some neon pink paint onto some water color paper and cut out the circle. Again, you can experiment with cutting some in half and adding them in different ways to your tags.
Finally you can add bits of collage paper and photos to your tags and finish them off with a ribbon on the tops. It's a wonderful way to experiment and create something for down the road. 

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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.


  1. Love your tags! Thanks for showing us a neat way to use the new club stencils!

  2. Wonderful tag art! Thanks for sharing these techniques for the June club stencils.


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