Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Making "Black Light" Botanicals with Sarah Gardner

It all started when I was playing around, making some ephemera/accents/focal points with some small profile botanical stencils from StencilGirl®. I was spreading white heavy body paint through the stencils onto black construction paper to create some high-contrast elements. Later on, I finished the background of a journal spread and knew how I wanted to add the text, but it needed something else. I decided to add some color to a few of my white botanical elements (Rae Missigman's "Indigo" stencil from her Botanical Wildflowers Stencil/Mask set). I used the brightest pink that was already present in my background and when I fussy cut the botanicals, that black border with the bright pink immediately reminded me of those 60's era black light posters! 

So I just had to share my discovery with you! Here's the journal spread that I've created for this post.  You can see how I made it, from start to finish, in the video below!

The bright paints I used to get that "black light" effect are: Golden: Fluorescent Green, Blue, Pink and Magenta and Fluid Acrylic in Primary Magenta and Quinacridone Magenta; Charvin: Eva's Pink; Holbein: Luminous Violet and Luminous Lemon

Have fun creating some Black Light Botanicals with StencilGirl® botanical stencils! Be sure to tag me if you post on Instagram @juicy.s.art!

Juicy*S is my DJ name. I'm not a DJ. I would love to be a DJ. It's one of my fantasy dream jobs, really. I got this name when my sister, my friend, and I were slinging paint and working in our art journals, drinking wine and keeping track of the funny things we were saying on a "sign-in" sheet...just craziness. We all ended up with a DJ name that day. I started my first art blog with this name, and I've had it ever since.

I have found that being creative, that making stuff, is a very fulfilling and beneficial activity for me. Creative play, and art journaling in particular, has become my self-care practice. It's so exciting for me to share what I'm excited about, and helping others find their own creative practice is one of my goals in life!

You can find me on Instagram @juicy.s.art and my website is: Juicy*S Art
I also have a YouTube Channel and an Etsy Shop.


  1. Love your blacklight art - and the message you included. Thanks for sharing your technique!

  2. Thanks for your sweet comment, Terry! XOXO Sarah


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