“Hindsight” Art Journal with The Crafter’s Workshop

Hello Creatives!

Keri Sallee here!

It has been B-E-A-UTIFUL here in Arkansas and while my littles were playing in the sprinkler recently, I took a few supplies outside and played in my art journal.


I started with a “watercolor” background using Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen that I scribbled on and then used a wet brush to move it around.


I would like to say those water spots were some stroke of creative genius, but…alas…it wasn’t. The kids hit me with the sprinkler! LOL. But..it works!

Here are all of the paint products I used for my background.


Now for some stenciling! I used 3 VERY different stencils by 3 VERY different designers for the project.  (All are 6×6):

“Fly Away” by Rebekah Meier (TCW526S)

“Eye Chart” by Dina Wakley (TCW349S)

“Stone Ring” by Kasia Krzyminska (TCW553S)


Here is my “naked” background after I added my first stencil. The IrRESISTables from Imagine Crafts are AMAZING with stencils. It gives a slightly glossy finish and you can paint over it with out it moving!


Keepin’ in real…I originally was going to go a different way with this page, so I added the bird to my background….AND then…INSPIRATION changed my direction so I made my little birdy just a fun element in the background.


I used my “Stone Ring” stencil with the FIREWORKS from Imagine Crafts to add some interest to by background before I added my title and my eye.


I free handed my eye, using a Scribe-All Pencil in Black, gesso, Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen in Aqua and Black and Design Memory Craft Gelatos.


As you can see, I used my “Eye Chart” stencil again, this time with a dark teal ink, just to reinforce my theme.

So there you go! I used 3 VERY different stencils from 3 VERY different designers and made one harmonious piece of art!

I hope enjoyed today’s project and it inspires you to mix and match styles!


KERI Sallee

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team


TCW Certified Educator

Breathe art journal spread

Hello there, everyone, Sanna here today with my last post. I can´t believe how fast time has flewn. I have enjoyed every second of it. This has been such a great team to be in and I am glad I have had the pleasure of being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Truly great memories!!

So today it is time for me to say goodbye and share one last project with you. As my final post I created an art journal spread using a ton of stencils (all stencils I´ve used here, are also available at Scrapbook.com). Here is what I did:

Sanna Lippert

First I applied gesso on my art journal pages and let the layer dry properly.

Sanna Lippert

Next I took some semi opaque matte mist in purple, pink and yellow (by Tattered Angels) and sprayed random circles onto the gessoed surface and again let the layer dry really properly.

Sanna Lippert

After that I took various 6×6 inch stencils and started dabbing heavy body acrylic paint (by Dina Wakley) thru the stencils with a foam brush onto the background. I used turquoise, tangerine, lime and magenta here. And again after applying the paint I needed to let the layer dry – this is really hard for me as I am not very patient :).

Sanna Lippert

Then I took some profile stencils and added those in the middle of my art journal spread. I used black acrylic paint here. I wanted to add another bold pattern to go with the profiles, so I chose to use the number stencil. I again used black paint here and applied the paint with a foam brush.

Sanna Lippert

I felt that the right side profile was not standing out enough, so I colored her hair with a black Sharpie and after that I added some metallic creative medium thru some stencils onto the ladies hair. I also sprinkled some shabby white embossing enamel here and there for additional interest and then heat set the enamel with a heat gun.

Sanna Lippert

I then wanted to add some fun hashtag words to go with my journaling, so I stamped words that fit the theme of my page with a black ink and wrote the text along the edges of the spread. I really like how bold and retro this spread looks like. Here are some detail photos so you can see the enamel and creative medium details better:

Sanna Lippert Sanna Lippert

and here is my finished art journal spread:

Sanna Lippert

It has been such a pleasure being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it has been an amazing time designing with TCW stencils. And what a great team of colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with – they have all been such an inspiration! – and what a fab company to work with! I am sure the new team will rock your socks off with their artworks!! I know I am going to be keeping an eye on them and already looking forward to the inspiration they will be sharing!!

ps. a few weeks back I taped a video in Finnish about some fun and easy stenciling techniques and while I was at it, I thought, I might as well do an English one too, so here it is, just a little extra to go with my post:

Thanks for a great time,
xxx, Sanna


Happy Wednesday Crafter’s Workshop Fans!!!

I wanted to share with you one of my creations I made for CHA.

BELIEVE by Lynne Forsythe

I just love how this canvas came out.
I began by applying Perfect Paints ~ Polishing Plaster ~ Organic Sugar through
one of the Crafter’s Workshops classic stencils
TCW191S ~ Bricks


 onto an  5 x 7 canvas panel.
I then applied Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint ~ Rainforest
TCW2085 Crusaders Heart Remnant


When dry I spritzed the entire canvas with TA ~ Glimmer Mist ~ Crushed Shells.

BELIEVE by Lynne Forsythe

Do you see the SUPER CUTE dragonfly in the corner??
He is part of TCW521S ~ Whimsy Garden stencil.

BELIEVE by Lynne Forsythe

I finished off my canvas with a chippie “Believe”
and a mannequin made with vintage lace and
Petaloo’s Layered Flowers.

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

bLiNgY sPriNgY Shoes

Hello! Tami Sanders here with an altered wearable for your spring wardrobe.

I purchased a pair of plain, white, canvas tennis shoes and wanted to give them a makeover using TCW stencils. I had originally envisioned an artsy, “grunge” look using lots of stencils and sharpie markers but my finished project turned out quite differently…

stenciled shoes

if there is one thing i’ve learned while “creating” it’s GO WITH THE FLOW! My “artsy” look just wasn’t happening. So I just picked out some inks and stencils and started playing. I selected inks in colors that coordinated well with some new tops in my spring wardrobe. As for design, most of my blouses were plain, so choices were wide open. I really like the fun flowers in the NEW! TCW552s Daisy Splash stencil…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Daisy Splash

The variety of sizes and styles of flowers on this stencil lend itself to this type of project. The 6″ size works great for the scale needed as well.

I started by inking the shoes using ColorBox Crafter’s Inks from Clearsnap; they are permanent when heat set. I added scattered areas of color, then blended the edges to create the background colors.

Next, I taped the stencil down to the shoe and started inking in the designs using a fine point black sharpie, moving and retaping stencil as I went. Keep in mind that the right side of the right shoe, and left side of the left shoe will be towards the outside, so concentrate your designs there.

I added more designs to the “outsides” then tapered off towards the “insides” of the shoes, adding a few designs on the top. I didn’t do much to the “tongues” of the shoes stencil-wise as the laces would cover the designs. I resisted the urge to add designs to those clean, white rubber toes. The marker ink would bleed and migrate over time, leaving purple edges and blurring the designs. RESIST or don’t – if you are only creating a pair to wear for a season or so.

Once I was happy with the designs, I added some dotted doodles to them. Rhinestones at the centers of the flowers finished the look.

I’ve put together a Snapguide that shows you how you can make a pair of these yourself, you can view it here: bLiNgY sPriNgY shoes

This would also be a great project for Tweens or Teens, so get your kiddos crafting. And not just the girls – your boys might be able to capture that graphic grunge look that eluded me!

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

{That Smile} Scrapbook Page

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a scrapbook page to share with you.

It is SO hard for me to get a photo with a NATURAL smile of either of my two boys – I’m SURE none of YOU have that problem – right? So, when I was lucky enough to catch a sweet smile on the face of my youngest, I wanted to show it off on a scrapbook layout…

that smile layout - WM

Stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop are a great way to create a unique scrapbook page to showcase YOUR fabulous photos.

I used several stencils to create the background canvas: NEW! TCW486 LabyrinthNEW! TCW551 ChlorophyllNEW! TCW538 Tribal Triangles and TCW475 Diamond Lattice. 

I used gel medium to add the Labyrinth Stencil design to the blank, white page. The gel medium acts as a resist when other inks and paints are added, so the design will show through. A resist is a great “first layer” when creating a background for your scrapbook page. Next, I added some color in the way of a dye ink spray and some gelatos – this created the washed aqua area on the page.

To bring out the greens in the photo, I used the Chlorophyl Stencil and some pigment inks to add the leaf designs at the left side of the layout.

The layout looked a little too “clean” for an outdoor photo, so I added some brown designs using the Tribal Triangles Stencil and gelatos to opposing corners.

I placed my photo on the page, and the drew in elements from the Diamond Lattice Stencil and a fine point brown marker.

An inked chipboard circle, chipboard and canvas letters, washi tape and some baker’s twine, were used at the bottom right of the photo to add some dimensional touches.

I’ve put together a Snapguide that shows how I made this layout step-by-step. The guide includes both photos and written directions as well as a complete supply list. You can view it here: {That Smile} Scrapbook Page.

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member