Thursday, September 8, 2022

Kirsten Varga - September Stencil Club Stencils

Hello Artists! Kirsten Varga here with a bookmaking project featuring the free-spirited designs of this month's StencilClub selection. 

This book requires NO sewing or glue! This structure was designed by Bookmaker Alisa Golden's husband, Michael, and was included in her book Creating Handmade Books. I was inspired to make one out of canvas after seeing Alisa's fabric version on her blog and the results are stunning!

"Boho Vibes" by Gwen LaFleur and Mary Beth Shaw is an eclectic collaboration with carefree patterns and organic elements. Boho is all about mixing and layering patterns and these designs work so well together!!

To reflect those "boho vibes" I chose the organic feel of a natural canvas mixed with an earthy color scheme of brown, bronze, copper, and blue-green.

I prepped my canvas pages with gesso before layering the stencil designs. I then followed that with a vibrant glaze.

The pages are cut to either slot pages or tab pages before assembly. It goes together quickly and the gratification of a finished book is the best!!

Check my video below for a quick process tutorial.

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Happy Creating!

Find me on Instagram: @kirstenvarga

Stencils used:

Other Supplies:

Fabric (I used a lightweight canvas)
Acrylic Paint
(I used Liquitex Iridescent Rich Bronze, Iridescent Rich Copper, Transparent Burnt Umber)
Acrylic Ink
(I used Cerulean Blue Hue and Phthalocyanine Green Blue Shade)
Matte Medium
Paintbrushes - large round and a stiff stencil brush
Bone Folder
Craft Knife


  1. What a great construction and start for a book. I’m going to try it with old vinyl blind fabric.

  2. I make artist books so this is the best of the projects for this month’s stencils. I will use ideas from the other 2 videos as well. Thanks, I enjoy all your videos.


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