Nina’s Album Cover

P7070475Nina Rogano (Нина Рогано) is a Russian mixed-media artist who has sent us all sorts of fun links to her blog. She has promised to make some more projects using our stencils, but we just couldn’t wait. So here is one of our faves: An album that she created from scratch!

P7060331-001If you want to see the whole construction of the book, click here (it’s in Russian, but good ole’ Google translate helps out quite a bit!). I’ll show the highlights below.

(Love bookmaking!!)



Spread PVA primer (glue?) on the bookboard. Spread the book fabric out, place the primed board face down, with 4mm space between the board pieces.


Note the spacing of all of the bookboard pieces. (I think this may be a bookbinding kit…though you can cut your own bookboard if you have a sharp knife and a very good straight edge ruler.) Beginners – go for the kit!!


With a quick drying glue, glue down the overlapping edges of the fabric to the back fo the bookboard.


P7060338 Prime with a little more PVA glue on the front. Let dry.


Nina used the 12×12 Woodgrain stencil (TCW236) plus modeling paste to create texture.

TCW236 Wood Grain revised

TCW236 Woodgrain Stencil


Let this completely dry before adding more layers.


From here, Nina added lace and chipboard cutouts (with PVA glue, I think.)


Then she highlighted areas with very bright acrylic paint…let dry.


And now tone it down with gold, bronze and silver acrylic paint.


And here is the finished book cover! (Note the woodgrain texture on the lower left). Thanks Nina!!








Stencils & Encaustic Painting

My name is Raven Voss and I am an Encaustic artist. I love painting with wax and incorporating all my favorite things into my work. Paper, keys, birds, vintage maps, old postcards and romantic old letters, dictionary pages, all types of printed words and what ever I can find that moves me.


One of my new favorite tools to use with my encaustic art are The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils. These stencils are so lovely, easy to use and they really make my life so much easier. Plus there are so many to choose from, there is a stencil for everyone.

stencil pictures


One of the reasons these stencils are so perfect for wax and my work is that you can paint the wax directly on top of the stencil, fuse and simply remove the stencil. It’s like magic! The way The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils allow me to incorporate 3-D wax into my work is really exciting. I used to spend hours painting and fusing three dimensional wax, now with the stencils I have much more flexibility.


cropped thank you


The uses for The Crafter’s Workshop stencils in my work seems endless and I can’t wait for my next series of paintings. Here are just a few….


woodgrain study in red


To see more of my work –

and read my blog –

I also want to send a special Thank You to Jaime for allowing me this cool opportunity to be a guest on your blog. This one’s for you!

jaime's thank you



Maria Schmidt – Mother and Daughter

Maria Schmidt calls this layout: Mutter und Tochter.  I read the translation and it appears that daughters across the Atlantic make their mothers just as crazy as they do here in the US. Glad to hear I’m not alone.

TCW236 Wood Grain

Maria used our TCW236 Wood Grain stencil to give texture to her layout.  You can read (or translate) her blog here.

Gesso and Stencils

I really like how April pulled together a bunch of different elements into this layout. INCLUDING using our Woodgrain template with gesso (pronounced JESS-oh).  Here’s a great photo how-to:

Apri* To create part of the background for this layout, I started by placing a wood grain template on top of a sheet of cardstock.

* Then I used an old itunes card to swipe a thin layer of gesso over the template. After I made sure all the cracks were covered, I lifted the template off the page and set the cardstock aside to dry.

Click here to see the entire post by April.