Happy stencil accidents with Rita

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Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat here sharing a page out of my art journal book. Sometimes I sit down and don’t really have a plan for a project (like this day) and sometimes you have happy accidents (like this day). I started out with some Gelatos and a homemade heart mask stencil. I knew I wanted the background  to be chalk board paint and that I would use TCW5277 Word Association stencil. I used both the 12×12 and 6×6 size.
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I started off using gold Texture Luxe with the stencil and then I changed my mind and covered it all back up with the chalkboard paint. And then it hit me!
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I decided to break out sandpaper to see if I could sand some of it down and give it a little rustic look. Much better! Here are some close ups!
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I love the way it came out – defiantly a technique worth trying again! How about you? Have you ever discovered a really cool technique by accident? I would love to hear about it! Leave it for me in the comments! Hope you are having a creative weekend!


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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers


Playin’ with Fragments

I LOVE trying new things!!
I’m not very familiar with Fragments,
so I thought I would pull out a few
and try various techniques…….

I began by taping down the
3 Fragments I had chosen
TCW2069 Bokeh Fragment
TCW2072 Easter Egg Fragment
TCW2056 Scribbled Rose
to my work surface overtop my tag.

Fragment Play by Lynne Forsythe

For my first tag I applied a layer of
Perfect Paints ~ Polishing Plaster Texture Medium ~ Organic Sugar
through my Fragments.
I then smeared Gelatos all over the dried tag
and blended the color with water.
I liked how this tag came out!

Fragment Fun by Lynne Forsythe

I couldn’t wait to move onto my next tag.
I once again taped down my fragments.
This time I placed puddles of
Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylic
on my craft mat and applied it over
the fragments with a stencil sponge.
I lifted up the fragments to reveal
this FABULOUS tag!!!


For my last tag, I chose to color the tag first
with various Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist.
I then taped down my fragments and applied
Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matt Acrylic ~ Shadow
over my fragments with a stencil sponge.
Now how COOL is that??!??!

Fragment Fun by Lynne Forsythe

I hope you enjoyed my creative journey….
now what will I try next???

In case you are wondering….
this is what I did with 2 of the tags.

Fragment Fun by Lynne Forsythe

Pastel colours on a mixed media canvas



Hello there friends! It’s Yvonne here to share a mixed media canvas using sweet pastel colours. :)



I started with a 6×6 canvas panel. Then I applied light modeling paste with The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 382 Garden Gates stencil . I also spritzed water into my Shimmerz Inklingz containers to activate the colours.



Then I painted the canvas in a rainbow of sweet pastels.



I finished with a big tulle bling bloom from Maya Road and bling centers for the background design.



There you have it… a simple mixed media canvas using pastel colours.

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Fake doodles

Hi there, Sanna here today to share with you a layout I created. I recently made one with lots of doodling/zentangles on it (see here for details) and while I was creating it, I really fell in love with the vivid black and white background. So I figured, I could create a sort of “fake doodling look” on a layout by using a black ink spray and a stencil.

Here is what I did:Sanna Lippert

First I took the “Circles in Lines” 12×12 inch stencil and placed it over a piece of white cardstock. Then I just sprayed a relatively thick layer of black spray ink over the stencil, but left the right side of the stencil partly unmisted. This way the pattern vanishes towards the other side of the page. I let the color dry properly and immediately cleaned my stencil – otherwise I would have had black spray ink all over the place :).

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Next I took some Distress Paints and pressed big moist splodges of paint onto the background and then tilted the page so that the color could form driplets. I always did one color after another and in between made sure that the previous layer was all dry. This takes a while, but it is worth the wait.

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Next I took a lighter and a silver wax crayon and heated the crayon under the fire until it started to melt. I then immediately shaked/tapped the crayon so that the melted wax created splodges onto the cardstock. This is a really cool and fun way to use a wax crayon, but remember to be careful with the lighter and don´t burn yourself!

Now all I needed to do was to add some embellishments, a photo, the title and some journaling onto my layout. Here is how it turned out:

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As you can see, there are some buttons here and there. I happen to have a few (understatement of the day..) in my stash, so this was the perfect spot to destash a little. The colors of the buttons match the Distress Paints perfectly!

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I´ve also used some wood veneer here and there and added some sticker words to add to the journaling of the page. And some matching spray ink color splodges also had to accompany the Distress Paints in the end. You know me, cannot live without color splatters :).

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I know this is not REAL doodling, but the stencil pattern and the black color make it look almost like doodling at first glance. And besides, I love combining black with bright colors, so I had a really good time creating this background. How about you, what is your favorite combination at the moment?

xxx, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Circles with Lines – The Crafter´s Workshop
Spray ink – Studio Calico Mister Huey´s (black, dewey, buttercup, bonny blue)
Distress Paint – Ranger Ind. Inc. (spiced marmalade, mowed lawn, broken china, spun sugar)
Buttons – Basic Grey
Wood veneer – SODAlicious, Freckled Fawn
Stickers – Authentique
Thickers – American Crafts
Glue – Aleene´s Tacky Glue
Wax crayon – Stockmar
Pen – Staedtler

Car Art…creating with TCW on the move

Hello Creative Friends!

Keri Sallee here and it’s time for another rousing edition of: WHAT CAN I MAKE IN MY CAR!?

When I know I’m going to be traveling in my car for an extended period of time, I like to challenge myself to create something with limited space and limited supplies.

Here is what I came up with this time:


I used the 6×6 TCW541 “Believe Script” with my #157 Dark Indigo Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen and the 6×6 TCW404 “Silhouette Script” { both by Balzer Designs} with my Licorice Double Scoop Gelatos, along with We R Memory Keepers Chevron Washi in Apricot to make my base.

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Here is what the base page looked like before I added all the color:


As you can see…in the car it’s VERY easy to make little mistakes or smudges, but this is a good exercise in just rolling with it (something not that easy for a perfectionist like me!)

I then started layering NeoColors, Gelatos by Design Memory Craft and Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens for more color and texture, as well as stamp for Graphic 45 and Unity Stamp Company. {See below for a full list of supplies}

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I hope today’s post challenged you to try a little car art for yourself the next time you have a long trip.




TCW #404S-Silhoutte Script

TCW #541S-Believe Script

Gesso (page was pre-gessoed before I got in the car)

We R Memory Keepers Chevron Washi-Apricot

Film Strip Washi-Paper Studio

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens-Dark Indigo, Cadmiun Yellow, Orange Glaze, White, Black & Deep Scarlet Red

Faber-Castell Gelatos Double Scoop-Licorice

NeoColor II Wax Pastels-Turquoise Blue, Cobalt Blue& Purple (it looks pink to me! LOL)

Unity Stamp Company Layers of Life-August 2014-Everything Matters Heart Stamp

Unity Stamp Company Layers of Life-June 2014-Beautiful Wish Circle Stamp

Graphic 45 by Hampton Arts-Artisan Style 1-Word Stamp