SHE SAID YES – AN ART JOURNAL PAGE

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

When I realized my post was scheduled for the eighth of May, I felt inspired to create a journal page to celebrate my parents and what would have been their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Journal page with TCW659 and TCW680 stencils LEFKO

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

Supplies Used:

9″ x 12″ 140 lb watercolor journal

TCW659 12″ x 12″ She Said Yes stencil

TCW680 12″ x 12″ Celebration stencil

TCW Clear Gesso

fluid acrylic paint: deep periwinkle

foam brush/paintbrush

heat tool

baby wipes

fluid chalk ink: blue iris

masking tape

copy of vintage image

glue stick

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Position She Said Yes stencil on journal page and apply clear gesso over bride. Lower the stencil and move to the right; apply gesso. Repeat once more for a total of three brides. Dry with heat tool.

TCW659 and clear gesso on journal page LEFKO

Water down fluid acrylic paint to create a wash and using a foam brush cover entire page. Using baby wipe, blend and remove paint from bride images. The clear gesso will act as a resist. (I used periwinkle for the background as that was the color of my own bridesmaids’ dresses!)

Acrylic wash over TCW659 stencil brides LEFKO

TCW659 stencil and clear gesso with acrylic paint LEFKO

 Add a border to the bottom and one side of journal page with Celebration stencil and fluid chalk ink. Before beginning, mask off unwanted areas of stencil design with masking tape.

TCW680 stencil and fluid chalk ink LEFKO

TCW680 and fluis chalk ink on journal page LEFKO

Add “She Said Yes” phrase from stencil to the top right of page with fluid chalk ink.

TCW680 stencil and fluid chalk ink LEFKO

Add copy of vintage image and adhere with glue stick. Add an application of fluid chalk ink to the outside edges to frame and soften page.

Journal page with TCW659 and TCW680 stencils LEFKO

A journal page need not be complicated with a boat load of materials used. Sometimes a simple page with a few key supplies can be just as powerful. This simple page speaks of sixty-three years of love and devotion spent in this earthly life and the next.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial for an art journal page using clear gesso as a resist and wonderful new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

Thanks for visiting!

Nancy Lefko

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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