I am so excited to be here on the StencilGirl® blog again today as a guest designer. My name is Niamh Baly and I am a Primary (elementary) school teacher from Tasmania, Australia, a content creator and mum to two gorgeous girls. I am also stencil addict! Stencils are such an amazing tool to help produce fabulous artwork and are so simple to use. They are one of the most important tools that I use in my art journal pages, and nearly every page I create has a stencilled image or texture on it. In this project we will be using stencils to create a layered background and adding a face stencil as a focal point. I find face stencils like this help me create moody pages which can capture how I am feeling at the time. As I am not great at drawing, I love that a stencil can capture a hand drawn effect. Below you will find a full process video as well if you want to see this page from start to finish.
To begin, gesso your journal page then apply some colour in the background. Dry the paint then apply a contrasting colour over the top and place a stencil over the top and wipe away the excess paint. Repeat this until you are happy with the effect.
Using a small 6 x 6 gel plate and a script stencil, print the stencil into your journal by pressing your page directly onto the plate. You can roll the excess paint off your brayer onto your page to add a grungy effect as well. Then I have added the face image using Paynes grey as a focal point to my page. To create a figure I use another script 6 x 6 stencil to extend the body, then add the whites of the eyes and some linework with a white pen. I then used a stabillo all pencil to create a shadow around the figure and push it out from the background. I also added some colour pencils to the figure to add more interest.
Finally, I wanted to add some extra marks and layers to my page using metallic paints to catch the light. I then added some stencilled words to my page to capture my thoughts when I was creating this page. I find when I am creating art journal pages like this, my mind wanders and I think of things that have been bothering me. Usually by the time I am finished a page I have some clarity about why I created it. With this page, I was reflecting on some health issues I’d had during the year – hence the ‘you are tough’.
Here is a video of the full process creating this page:
Here is a close up of the details in this page.
Here is a list of the StencilGirl® stencils I have used in this project to create the unfinished art journal page:
Here are two BONUS videos using StencilGirl® Face stencils in some different ways to get you inspired as well:
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. I hope that these videos have inspired you to get into your journals and create something beautiful using the fabulous face stencils.