Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Making A Zine with StencilGirl® Stencils

ATC Stencils are great to use as your text blocks for zines.  But of course, any zine will have an amazing background, layout, and composition.  StencilGirl® Stencils are great for that, too!

I am a sharer of art. I like to make postcards to swap, and of course, I am known to trade ATCs (Artist Trading Cards)! If you make a zine master, you can copy it, assemble your zines and share with quite a few friends or swappers!  Your master is an original piece of artwork, but if you get quality copies made, your sharable zines can be stunning.

I am a recovering perfectionist.  My zine is about this predicament.  I hope it offers some useful counsel to any other recovering perfectionists out there ;)

Here are the supplies I used to create my master zine:
  • A page torn out of "Basic Ephemera" from I Love Paper (Amazon)
  • Gesso
  • Mixed media collage papers I created (stencils listed below)
  • Soft gel matte medium
  • Stabilo Woody in Turquoise
  • Golden SoFlat acrylic in Titanium White
  • Palette knife (and fingers;)
  • Daniel Smith watercolors in Amazonite Genuine and Duochrome Arctic Fire
  • Dr. Ph. Martins Radiant Concentrated fluid watercolor in Tobacco Brown
  • Lukas acrylics in Veridian, Magenta, and Fluorescent Pink
  • Caran D'Ache Neocolour II's in Saffron, Rose, Purple, Ochre, Malachite Green
  • Posca paint pens in Light Pink (Fine), Pink (Medium), White (Fine), and Black (Fine)
  • Kimberly Graphite Pencil
  • Sennelier Acrylic Ink in Chinese Orange
  • Y & C Gel Xtreme gel pens in pink, green, and bronze
  • Pencil
  • Vintage papers
  • Micron pen (05)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Brushes
  • Brayer
  • Jar of water
  • Rag
Stencils used:

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. It's fascinating seeing how you made this delightful mini zine. Your video is so clear in showing your steps. And what a lot of amazing detail you put into this little booklet! I really love how it turned out. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Thanks so much Terry for your kind review! I really appreciate you telling me your thoughts! XOXO Sarah

  2. How gorgeous!!! I also love making Zines🎨💖love your colorful work😍 adelien.dewet (at) gmail (dot com)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Adelien! I love your work! :)

  3. Love this project! So helpful! Is your template for the zine available for download by any chance? 💕

  4. Thank you so much! No download at this time. If you fold a piece of paper up into a zine like this you can mark the pages once folded: FC, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, BC. When you unfold it you can put a transparency film over that and make your own! XO

  5. I love making Zines with my HS students. Yours is gorgeous!

    1. Thank you for commenting, Carisa. That's so nice to read!


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