Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Kirsten Varga - January 2023 StencilClub Stencils

Hello Creatives! Kirsten here back with a bookmaking adventure using the January StencilClub stencils. Seth Apter and Mary Beth Shaw are the designers this month and the stencils are FABULOUS.

I like the mix of organic and geometric shapes. There is a lot of movement and variety in the designs which will help lead the eye around your compositions. 
I was inspired to create a grungy collection of mixed media "pages" from mat board and heavy watercolor paper. I layered gesso, dictionary paper and acrylic paint into abstract compositions. I like them as they are but I can see possibilities for further artmaking.

Spiral binding is an easy way to bind thick pages. You can take your pages to a shop that provides binding services but for these I knew a perfectly imperfect binding by hand was the way to go.

Take a look at the video below to see my process. Happy Creating!

Find me on Instagram: @kirstenvarga

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Stencils used:

Other supplies used:

140lb watercolor paper
acrylic paint
3/4" dowel
Japanese screw punch
palette knife
makeup sponges
19 gauge wire


  1. Wow - the binding process was brilliant! I’m definitely trying this. Lovely layers and colors too. Thank you! JB

  2. Neat project - great use of the stencils and paint colors!

  3. Love how you laid the single stencil over 6 pieces of art. Awesome!

  4. Love this so much

  5. Love the way you used the stencils in this project! The binding is great.

  6. This is such a cool project!


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