Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Megan Whisner Quinlan: July 2021 StencilClub Stencils

Once I saw this month's StencilClub stencil set, I knew I wanted to create something that harkened to a vintage travel diary and sari fabric. The 4x4 elephant stencil had my mind racing with all the potential ways to use it. Follow along as I show you how to create this quick easy spread.

I decided to use my Dylusions Creative Journal and ink sprays since they are designed to work well together. I picked two side by side pages and chose one to spray with water and ink sprays. Once covered, I closed the pages together to transfer the color to the corresponding page. I used paper towels to mop up the excess. I allowed the pages to dry completely before next step. 

I then sprayed my stencil with water and placed it face down on the page. After peeling it back up again, I waited a few seconds-when the water is allowed to sit, it is removing some of the ink to create your pattern.  Next, I mopped up the excess water from the page. This will allow your ghosted image to appear. 

I then took the medium stencil and sprayed through the stencil in a liner way across my pages. Here I chose Pomegranate ink, but really, any contrasting warm color will do. 

I then traced the elephant stencil onto some Tim Holtz vintage papers and cut out 4 elephants in opposite directions. 

Lastly, I tore some old book pages and glued some strips along my design. As a finial step, I added some doodles to my page to flesh out the design and put my "stamp" on it. 

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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. This is so gorgeous and exotic!

  2. I love all the symbolism of the pushes through obstacles you can't manage alone, it has enormous strength and gentleness, it has a strong sense of family, it carries you on its back when you need can't move forward by yourself.... and so much more.


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