HAVE FAITH – AN ART JOURNAL PAGE

Hello folks, Nancy here, and welcome to a tutorial for an art journal page using some great new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

I have a fondness for wild birds and, in turn, a fondness for their beautiful feathers. It was an easy choice to feature, on my journal page, stencils from The  Crafter’s Workshop that so perfectly represent both.

Finished art journal page with TCW stencils and ink LEFKO

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.

Supplies Used:

TCW716/716s 12″ x 12″/6″ x 6″  Four Feathers stencil

TCW684/684s 12″ x 12″/6″ x 6″ Bird Gathering stencil

TCW701/701s 12″ x 12″/6″ x 6″ Have Faith Stencil

9″ x 12″ 140 lb. watercolor art journal

TCW Clear Gesso

foam brush/spouncer/applicator

acrylic paint: robin’s egg blue, periwinkle blue

baby wipes

heat tool

copies of vintage text

glue stick

masking tape

Staz-On ink: black

gel pen: black

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Apply a light wash of robin’s egg blue acrylic paint to the journal page and blend with a baby wipe.

robin's egg blue acrylic paint blended with baby wipe on journal page LEFKO

Position Four Feathers stencils, both small and large, masking off unwanted areas with masking tape. Apply TCW Clear Gesso with foam spouncer over stencil designs. Dry with heat tool.

TCW716 and 716s stencils for background LEFKO

TCW716 feather stencil with TCW clear gesso LEFKO

Apply periwinkle blue paint with foam brush over entire surface. The feathers will remain light blue as the gesso acts as a resist.

Gesso resist shows feathers in light blue on background LEFKO

Tint torn copies of vintage papers with periwinkle blue paint and adhere to page with glue stick.

Tinted copies of vintage text adhered to journal page LEFKO

Using a foam applicator, add black Staz-On ink to a bird from the small Bird Gathering stencil.

TCW684s bird gathering stencil with black ink LEFKO

TCW684s bird gathering stencil with ink LEFKO

Add two more birds, one large bird from the 12″ x 12″ stencil and another small one from the 6″ x 6″ stencil.

TCW684 and 684s bird gathering stencil and ink LEFKO

TCW684 and 684s bird gathering stencil and ink LEFKO

Add “have faith” sentiment with the TCW701/701s Have Faith stencils and black ink.

TCW701/701s have faith stencils and black ink LEFKO

 TCW701/701s have faith stencils and black ink LEFKO

Trace part of a background feather and also add sentiment with black gel pen.

Trace feather and add sentiment with black gel pen LEFKO

Finish outside edges of journal page, with black ink on a sponge applicator, to frame the page.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and try to use gesso as a resist with your fabulous stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

Finished art journal page with TCW stencils and ink LEFKO

Thanks for visiting!

Nancy Lefko

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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