Friday, January 7, 2022

Frieda Oxenham: Art Journaling with StencilGirl® Stencils

Another year has passed and a new one looms. We are now getting used to the uncertainty all around us concerning many different issues and as we have little control about any of them perhaps the only thing we can do is hope for the best and carry on doing what makes us happy! So I want to wish you a very creative 2022! I’m very happy to be invited back here by StencilGirl® Products to share what I do with their wonderful stencils.

Here is the tutorial for this month’s spread:

1.     Gesso 2 pages in an art journal, adding Lindy’s Flat Magical powder to the white gesso. I used the colour Tangerine

2.     While the gesso is still wet, press the large stencil from the June 2021 StencilClub into it to make an impression.

3.     Scrape on paints of your choice randomly over the pages using a palette knife or key card and with the same stencil as in step 2 remove the paints with a baby wipe.

4.     Repeat step 3 with a different paint colour (yellow in my case). 

5.     Colour areas of the pages with Distress Crayons (I used Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio) and remove the colour through the same stencil as in step 2 using a baby wipe. 

6.     Stencil on text randomly with black acrylic paint using stencil S827 Vintage Ledger Scripts Small.

7.     Stencil on small flowers with red and orange acrylic paint using stencil S890 Phlox Mask.

8.     Using soft gel medium glue down the collaged images (in my case a portrait of Frida Kahlo and the poppies

9.     Using a mixture of dark green and black acrylic paint stencil on the tree image (spire) from stencil L867 Spire and Flowers  to the left hand page using a cosmetic wedge

10.  Stencil on little flowers using a variety of colours using the same stencil as in step 9 as well as the stencil from step 7.

11.  Using the leaf mask/stencil from stencil L867 Spire and Flowers, add leaves to the pages as shown using dark green paint and then put the vein part of the leaf on top and add gold embossing paste with a palette knife.

12.  Spray gold mica spray paint through the stencil L867 onto the tree shape and add some to the dress too.

13.  Glue on quotation as shown. As far as I can discover it is anonymous but let me know if you know better

14.  Using black and white permanent markers as well as a black Stabilo All pencil outline images and text as desired. Add flowers to Frida’s dress

15.  Glue on  flower postage stamps as shown

16.  Edge the pages with a blue stamp pad.

© Frieda Oxenham 2022. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.


  1. So awesome Frieda. I love your tutorial and what you created! Especially that leaf where you used gold embossing paste for the veins -super! thank you for this tutorial.

  2. I love the detailed tutorials you provide, Frieda! And it's amazing (and instructive) to see the layers you create that lead up to your final image. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  3. This is so beautiful! ❤ Thank you for sharing your process.


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