Urban Landscape Art Journal Page

Hello everyone! This is Rachel Kleinman here with my first ever post for The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team! I am so thrilled to be on this team and honored to be included among such talented people. My very first post is an art journal page dedicated to the amazing TCW team I met a couple weeks ago in New York.


This journal spread uses a total of 7 stencils, but you can see the star of the design is the ‘Urban Landscape’. I’ll walk you through the steps to create this page, and I have even put together a Flipagram with every single step shown.


I started with a wash of blue and white acrylic paint to cover the entire background. I let every single layer dry completely before moving on to the next step. I started with layering some stencils, and I try to use stencils with a larger opening at the base of the layers (TCW288 – Pointy Circles and TCW473 – Fireworks)


Next I added some bold pink flowers using TCW540 – Striped Flower Circle. I only wanted the flower and circle images to show, so I carefully dabbed on paint using a firm stipple brush.


I finished the background laying by adding some script text from TCW550s – Mini Thoughts in a silver paint. I also added some maroon spray ink over both pages to tie them together. Now I can move onto the Urban Landscape!



I really love this stencil and I know it’ll be used in a scrapbook page in the near future! For my art journal I used both layers, so I painted the negative space first completely in black. Once it was completely dry I went over with white paint to add the line details to the building.


You can see I finished off the buildings by adding a shadow and darkening the bottom of the pages. I wanted to add more black to the top of the page for balance, so I included some clocks from TCW201 – Time Travel to the corners. I also used modeling paste over TCW345s – Confetti throughout the layout.

I drew the quote on tissue paper using a brush and India Ink and adhered the tissue paper to my journal with matte medium.

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” – Simone de Beauvoir



As promised, I created a 30 second Flipagram that shows you every step of creating this page. Click here to watch it!

Thanks for joining me for my first TCW post! I hope I’ve inspired you to get a little painty in your journals and just have fun with your favorite stencils!

Rachel Kleinman

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Certified Educator

Stencils used:

Martha Richardson









Martha Richardson has been a longtime groupie of ours. So I was so happy to find her blog post showing how she creates papers that she later uses in her layouts and projects.   Here is a photos of some of her background papers just waiting to be cut by her Vagabond and Sizzix dies.

















Click here to read more about her process and see some creations!!


















Have a very Merry Christmas from the TCW elves and I. Enjoy.

Stencil Organizer with Ronda

Ronda Palazzari created this video because so many people saw her previous post about her stencil organizing system.

The video below is a Two-fer.  Not only do you get to see Ronda’s stencil organizing system, BUT you also get to see how she created this gorgeous binder cover (above).  If you just want to see how to use every stencil and tube of paint you own, fast-forward to the midway point.  Enjoy!!

Pointy Circles Blog Hop

It’s another wonderful Blog/Stencil Hop with Balzer Designs Stencils.  Woohoo!!! And if you leave a comment on Julie’s blog, you might be a lucky winner of a set of Pointy Circles templates!!

Here’s what Julie writes:

Are you psyched for another stencil hop?  This week I’ve got three paper crafting rock stars for you to visit:

  • Traci Bunkers: Traci is an art journaler extraordinaire and author of The Art Journal Workshop and Print and Stamp Lab.  I stumbled onto her blog last year and I’ve been hooked ever since.
  • Jenny Doh: Jenny is the former editor-in-chief of Somerset Studio Magazine.  She is a fitness enthusiast, avid arter, and active tweeter.  You may recall that I taught at her wonderful studio space in California earlier this year.
  • Ronda Palazzari: Ronda is the author of the book Art of Layers.  She is much in demand, serving on the design teams for Sizzix, Maya Road, and Purple Onion.  She has the most wonderful craft room (I’ve seen it and been jealous) with an enormously long table and tons of shelves.  I sent these three talented ladies the Pointy Circles stencil (available in 6×6 and 12×12)

I made a soft background for this scrapbook page:

Here’s Julie’s how-to video:

Now go and visit Julie’s blog and the three other blogs in the hop for some awesome inspiration!