Hello there, it's Renee with @thediyday and I am all sorts of ready for Halloween. I'm even bringing the vibes into my art journal using an appropriately themed decorative napkin and a few StencilGirl® stencils. If you're new to art journaling, have never used a paper napkin as art, or looking for inspiration, keep reading - I'm sharing some of my favorite techniques.
I am often asked what type of journal I use for art journaling. The short answer, I'm using a book of poems I bought from a garage sale. I liked the minimal amount of pages (80) and the words in the book serve as a background design. Don't get me wrong, there are many wonderful art journals to choose from and I may use one in the future, but for now, this book works just fine.
Before I started designing my page I added a thin layer of gesso to the top and allowed it to dry. Gesso hardens the page just a bit and it gives the paint something to stick to.
Next, I peeled the front layer (skull layer) from the back layer of the decorative napkin, tore it to size, and brushed on a coat of Mod Podge. With the Mod Podge still wet I placed it onto the page and added another coat right on top of the napkin.
After the Mod Podge dried, I blended a light coat of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink on the entire page followed by Black Soot in random areas.
Now it's time for some stencils. The first one I used was Antennas 6 Stencil. This stencil reminds me of crossbones which works great with the skull paper napkin.
Then I covered the entire page with dots using What's the Point? Stencil and a medium coat of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink.
To complete the overall creepy Halloween look I used the Scarab Beetles Stencils in various colors throughout the page.
On a side note, Mod Podge is often sticky for a few days or even longer depending on the thickness of the application. Be sure to leave your art journal open to air dry to prevent the pages from sticking together.
Have a wonderful day and a happy Halloween!