Friday, November 11, 2022

Creating faux mosaic tiles

Hi Everyone,
Niamh here from down under! I have been layering up my stencils lately to create faux mosaic tiles in my journals. I'm loving how they look and the depth you can create with a few simple techniques. This is a perfect technique for making card fronts, journal pages and even transferring onto canvases or tote bags. Check out the step by step video, followed by the instructions below to create this project. 

To begin this project I taped down the intersections stencil with some Washi tape and sponged through with gesso. This will help the colours pop on the page (especially as I used Kraft paper as my surface). I sponged a variety of cool colours into the individual parts of the stencil to create a tiled effect. 
Without moving the first stencil, I then placed a variety of different stencils over the top and sponged through with warm colours to contrast the original tiles. You could certainly use just one stencil for this step, but I would suggest picking a stencil that has a variety of different patterns within it. 

To complete the tiles, highlight two of the edges with a white paint pen, then add a shadow to the opposite sides with a black pen. You can create a more dramatic 3D effect by adding a warm grey shadow next to the black pen as well (though I didn't do this step). Finally I stencilled a sentiment onto some card, cut it into pieces and adhered it to my page. I love that it talks about perspective, as this is what really stood out to me when creating the project. It makes me happy to make something look 3 dimensional when it is totally flat!!! 

Here is a list of the stencils I have used in this project.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. I hope that this video has inspired you to get into your journals and create something beautiful using the fabulous face stencils. 


Happy Creating,


Instagram: @niamhbaly


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