Creating Custom Pattern Papers

Welcome back, creatives! This is Rachel joining you today to share some ideas for creating your own pattern papers using The Crafter’s Workshop stencils.


I was in a very colorful and watercolor-y mood, as you can see! For all the papers you’ll see today, I started with white cardstock that I applied a thin layer of gesso over, and let it dry. I did this so I could use my watercolor pencils and not warp the paper.

My first pattern paper was a big 12×12 sheet paired with the 12″x12″ Stepping Stones stencil. I grabbed 4 colors of pencil and just started filling in the squares. I find projects like this are very therapeutic and relaxing, especially during a stressful week! Once I finished coloring my squares, I painted them in with water to activate the pencil pigment.


I think the one above is my favorite custom pattern paper I created. The Blazonry stencil has great repetitive pattern with large openings, which was great for watercoloring.


Now THIS one holds a special place in my heart! The TCW “Bricks” 6×6 stencil is the FIRST stencil that I ever purchased. Ever. I don’t even know how many years ago. It’s an oldie but goodie and I just had to show it some love for this project.


My final little pattern paper strip uses just a bottom circle pattern that caught my eye in the Pebble Art stencil. I decided to use cooler colors since the others were so pink and orange.

Now that I have all of these pattern papers I needed to make something with them! I decided to create a scrapbook page, but you could use them for cards, tags, or for collage bits in your journal.


I tied the page together by adding gold paint through the patterns in the Screen Print stencil. My page is: Deep Thoughts by Meeko :)



Thank you so much for joining me in my pattern paper play! I hope you got inspired to create some of your own :)

Rachel Kleinman

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Certified Educator

Stencils used:

TCW 280 – Blazonry

TCW 191s – Bricks

TCW 525 – Screen Print

TCW 505 – Pebble Art

TCW 506 – Stepping Stones

1 Mixed Media Project…3 Stencils…one GREAT Cause.

Hello All!

Keri Sallee here and today I am excited to share not only a project, but a cause that is near and dear to my heart.

If you follow me on any social media (or know me in the real world! LOL) you know about my love for an organization called Saving Grace,

Saving Grace is an organization that provides transition housing for girls ages 18-25 who: have aged out of foster care and have no where to go, are homeless, or have a home life that is detrimental to their futures.

I have had the amazing opportunity to work with this organization and with the girls it helps many times over the last few years. Recently, they asked if I, along with a few other artists, would make inspirational works of art for the class room at the Saving Grace home.

When Becky, the founder of Saving Grace, posted this picture of the classroom area where our art would go…I was sssooo excited! I knew I would get to do something bright and funky….something to brighten of our recently gloomy days here in NW Arkansas.


Here’s what I came up with!


I wanted to match the fun and vibrancy of the room, without trying to be too “matchy matchy” with my patterns and colors.

I used 3 different stencils from the Crafter’s Workshop for this project.

First, I used “Blazonry” designed by Balzer Designs to cut a variety of patterns and colored shapes. I used papers from Graphic 45, Christy Tomlinson for Pink Paislee and Fancy Pants Designs. Really…just whatever paper I like that went with my color scheme.


Here is a closeup:


In this close up, you can also see another stencil by Balzer Designs, “Chevron.” To allow my under colors to shine through, I used my finger and “painted” through the stencil, keeping my paint layer thin.


Here’s another close up of that one over on the right.


The last stencil I used was designed by Ronda Palazzari called “Spinning Tops.”

Spinning Tops

I wanted to add some texture, but keep things bright and shiny, so instead of using my usual modeling paste (which dries matte), I grabbed my Golden Heavy Body Gel, mixed it with some bring yellow acrylic paint and scrapped it through my stencil with a popsicle stick. With the extra paint mixture on my stick, I added swipes of the mixture here and there to keep the piece cohesive.


Here are a few more closeups…I used kraft tissue as my base to add lots of texture and added bits of lace and ribbon to keep in very feminine.



You can see…there is all sorts of splashy messy fun!

Here are a few things I used:

STAMPS: Pink Paislee, Bo Bunny, Pebbles, Inc and Paper Studios
WASHI TAPE: Recollections, My Mind’s Eye and Paper Studio
INK: Heidi SWAPP and Ranger
SPRAY INK: Tattered Angels (Moss & Coral Reef)
ACRYLIC PAINT: Deco Art and Plaid
PEN: Faber Castell PiTT Artist Pen in Black and White
TISSUE: Hobby Lobby
RIBBON: Heidi SWAPP, Hobby Lobby and Vintage Lace

I hope you enjoyed my project today and if you have time, you can read more about Saving Grace and all the good they are doing here: Saving Grace, Inc.

Until next time…


Looking SHARP-{ie}!

Hello! Tami Sanders here to share an idea with you for adding a custom touch to your craft storage or school supplies.

When I saw the TCW280 Blazonry stencil, I thought it would be great to use to add word-art to a project. it just needed to be used with the designs running horizontal…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Blazonry

I had recently picked up a new 12 X 12 plastic zipper tote to carry finished layouts home from crops or retreats — it was nice but PLAIN! I thought it would be perfect to try out my word-art idea on.

I taped the stencil to the front of the tote using blue painters tape, then outlined the shapes using a dark grey Sharpie. Then, with the stencil still in place, I used different colors of Sharpies to add words, adjusting the height and width of the letters to fit in the ovals.

Here is a pic of the finished project…

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and here is a closeup pic of the word-art…

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To finish off the tote, I added borders along the top and bottom using designs from the TCW396 Arrows and Hearts stencil…

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You could use the same technique to customize a canvas tote, t-shirt, wood or paper mache’ box or anything you wanted to make just a bit more personal! Use the 6 X 6 size and a finer pen for smaller projects.

Supplies Used:

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOPTCW280 Blazonry and TCW396 Arrows and Hearts

OTHER:80’s Glam Sharpie Marker Set, 12 X 12 Plastic Zipper Tote and Blue Painters Tape

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Doodling thru stencils by Sanna

Hi there, Sanna here again. Today I´d like to share a little card idea with you.

For this card I used the following products: The Blazonry stencil (6 x 6), a black pen, a white Sharpie pen, a card base, orange and blue green iridescent acrylic paint, a paint brush, twine, buttons and glue.SONY DSCFirst I painted the card base with orange and blue paint and allowed the colors to dry.SONY DSCNext I used the Balzonry stencil as a drawing guide to outline the stencil images onto the card (using black and white pens).SONY DSCAfter that I drew/doodled all kinds of random patterns inside the outlined areas.SONY DSC
Next I just added a row of buttons for decoration, stamped a sentiment, glued it down and my card was finished.SONY DSC

SONY DSCYou could use all kinds of color and pattern combinations or even several different stencils on a project for different results. Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!

Happy stenciling,
xoxo, Sanna

Sabrina’s Sun Class w/Gelli Plates!

SabrinaSunThis “Sun Canvas” using Julie’s Blazonry stencil (TCW280) just makes me smile. Sabrina Somerby will be teaching this as a class, Friday, June 14 at Altered Angel in Alpharetta, GA. Call them: 678-368-4483

The sun’s rays are collaged paper.  And I think the lines shooting out from them are Burst (TCW287).  Enjoy the day, hope this brings you a little sunshine too!!

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