Gelli Printed Scrapbook Page Backgrounds

Hello and happy Tuesday!  I’ve got a simple stencil technique coming your way today.  I made this scrapbook page…

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…using my Snow Branch stencil and a Gelli Plate and I wanted to show you how very easy it is to do!

Let’s take a peek at the page details first:

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The “You Are Here” tag was created with my US Map stencil.  It has the compass and the words “You Are Here” along with the map.

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Are you ready for the easy-peasey background technique?

Supplies

Here are some of the papers from the video:

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Stenciling doesn’t always have to be bold and dominating.  I really like the softer look of the second technique.  Here’s a scrapbook page I put together with the second background I made in the video:

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Talk to you next month!

xxoo, Julie

De-stressing: an art journal page

My life this summer seems to be in fast forward! So I turned to one of my favorite ways to quiet my mind and de-stress…doodling.

Doodling...a great way to de-stress! An art journal page using The Crafter's Workshop stencils and markers • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournal #doodling #stencilThis double page spread took a few hours to complete but by doing a little each day, I was able to add a little quiet to my hectic schedule.

Doodling...a great way to de-stress! An art journal page using The Crafter's Workshop stencils and markers • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournal #doodling #stencilI started the whole page off with the Striped Flower Circle stencil and some Tumble Dye spray in neon green. On the left side of the page, I sprayed directly through the stencil. I then flipped the wet stencil over onto the right side of the page to print the design.

Doodling...a great way to de-stress! An art journal page using The Crafter's Workshop stencils and markers • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournal #doodling #stencilWith a Sharpie pen, I loosely outlined most of the shapes that the spray and stencil had created.

Doodling...a great way to de-stress! An art journal page using The Crafter's Workshop stencils and markers • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournal #doodling #stencilI then added Tumble Dye neon pink through the same stencil. This time I sprayed through the stencil on the right page and flipped the stencil to print the design on the left page…lining up the stencil as best I could.

Doodling...a great way to de-stress! An art journal page using The Crafter's Workshop stencils and markers • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournal #doodling #stencilTo add more pops of color to all the shapes I used two of my favorite supplies…Inktense pencils and a waterbrush.

Doodling...a great way to de-stress! An art journal page using The Crafter's Workshop stencils and markers • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournal #doodling #stencilThen the doodling part began! I started with the individual flowers first, leaving the background to the end.

Doodling...a great way to de-stress! An art journal page using The Crafter's Workshop stencils and markers • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournal #doodling #stencilThe only tools I used to doodle with were a Sharpie pen, a Pitt Big Brush black marker and a white gel pen.

Doodling...a great way to de-stress! An art journal page using The Crafter's Workshop stencils and markers • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournal #doodling #stencilOnce all the main parts of the design were filled in, I used a simple swirl pattern in the background to tie all the elements together. I absolutely LOVE how it came out! And, bonus…the goal of de-stressing was accomplished! How do you use art journaling and/or doodling to decompress?

Thanks for joining me today!

Consie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Patina Art Journaling with Shanna

Hello everyone. I am thrilled that it is my turn to share with you all again. I have an art journal spread to share.

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I have been having this patina look on my mind and tried to give it a go.

I would love for you to check out how I created this spread by CLICKING HERE to go to the video.

I used lots of sprays and the gorgeous stencil Tatting for the background and the stencil Word Association for my words.

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I love the pop of white on the art journals.

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I love the raised texture of the modeling paste.

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The rusty colored sprays did a great job with the blues I combined. I feel I achieved my goal a patina look thanks to the colors I used.

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Although be careful as you can see some of the coloring now changed to a really dark brown.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Shanna

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Art Journaling with Balzer Designs “Many Faces”

Hello Creatives!

Keri Sallee, DT Member, here and today I want to share with you a recent art journal page I did.

TCW July 2015_Art Journal_Balzer Faces_FullLately, I have been practicing drawing faces and sometimes it feels like it takes me FOREVER to get the face shape and the features places right. That’s why I LOVE Julie Balzer’s “Many Faces” Stencil (TCW545). I am able to just lay my stencil down, outline my features and move on to the shading and other parts of my art journal layout.

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{1 Stencil offers you 5 difference face options with various sizes to choose from. For this project, I used the 6×6 stencil but it also is available in 12×12, so you have 10 face options to choose from!}

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It was as simple as using Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen through my stencil, adding shading using my Neocolors Watersoluable Crayons and adding details like hair, the whites in her eyes and blush.

For my background, I used 3 TCW Stencils: TCW519S-Mini Hummingbirds (just the flowers), TCW330S-Mini Numbers & (Balzer Bits) TCW 540S-Striped Flower Circle.

Here you can see the flower….

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Here you can see the numbers….

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And here you can see the striped flowers…

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When you have something to say…and you want to say it quickly, grab your “Many Faces” Stencil by Balzer Designs and get it done fast!

Until Next Time…

XOXO,

KERI Sallee

TCW Design Team Member and Certified Instructor

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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