I long for summer!

My first ever design team post for The Crafter’s Workshop! 

Hope you will enjoy! 
Remember – we create for you (and for ourselves of course!)! 

This is an art journal page of 18 x 25 centimeters!

I added a lot of layers to create this Art Journal page.

1st layer –  use this page from leftover distress inks from craft sheet; adhere it to the page. See the torn edge at the top? 
2nd  layer – sponge with black distress inks over a stencil, also the script. 
3rd layer – structure paste over a stencil (script)
4th layer – sponge the butterflies onto a separate piece of cardstock, in several purple distress inks, heat emboss with clear, cut out and adhere over the black sponged butterflies.  
5th layer – add purple distress stickles over the seed heads and bodies of the butterflies. 
6th layer – sponge the purple colors (distress inks) onto the background.  
7th layer – add finishing touches like white edges with a white acrylic marker. 

All stencils used are from The Crafter’s Workshop of course !  
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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:

Hand Painted Stenciled Coasters

Hello everyone! Jen here. I’m honored to be a part of the Crafter’s Workshop Design Team. Since the sun has finally made it’s way to us here in Vermont, I decided to do a quick tutorial on creating your very own Hand Painted Stenciled Coasters.

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These make great hostess gifts, adding a colorful, fun design to any home decor.


Here are the supplies you will need to create your stenciled coasters:

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  • Blank coasters: you can find on-line or in craft stores.
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint: I used several different brands
  • Foam brush
  • Foam daubers: these are rounded, made of foam, as pictured above.
  • Stencils: for this tutorial I used the following stencils; Mums TCW173, Herringbone TCW228, Chevron TCW227 and Ferns TCW243.
  • Paint pens (optional): used to add detail on your coasters.
  • Palette knife (optional): for use in applying your finish/sealer
  •  Tar Gel or Modge Podge (optional): for finish/sealer


Step 1: Apply Gesso

I started out by applying a thin layer of gesso to my blank coasters, the gesso helps so the coasters won’t absorb as much paint, enabling you to use less paint overall. Allow time for your coaster to dry before moving on to the next step . If you want to create reversible coasters, then do this step on both sides of the coaster.

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Step 2: Paint your coaster

Pick your favorite color of paint and apply to your coaster using a foam brush. Allow the first layer to dry completely to avoid possible smudging. While you are waiting for this layer to dry you can work on another coaster, following the steps above.

post 1 step 3Step 3: Choose Stencil

Now that your painted coaster is dry from layer 1, you can choose your stencil pattern. Here, I worked with Chevron TCW227 & Ferns TCW243. Lay the stencil over your coaster and hold down with one hand.

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You will want to use a foam dauber to apply your paint. Make sure you aren’t using a a lot of paint in this step, less is better. I found that daubing works better and gets a cleaner image than dragging the dauber on the stencil.

Step 4: Paint stencil

Applying paint over your stencil

photo For added contrast I used an opposite and contrasting color; pictured below is my silver background.

Step 5:

Remove the stencil from your coaster.photo 1Sliver w/black, stencil: Chevron TCW227

photo 4Gold w/sliver, stencil: Chevron TCW227

photo 3Stencil: Ferns TCW243


allow enough time to ensure your coaster is totally dry.

Step 6: Adding detail with paint pens (optional)

Stencil: Mums TCW173

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Step 7:

This is optional, as well….Sealing and finishing your coaster.

To ensure the longest life of my coasters and to protect against damage from getting wet etc. I used Tar Gel, a colorless gel that gives a high gloss effect. I used it as a sealer/finish. You can also use Mod Podge if you can’t find Tar Gel and you will still get a gloss finish while sealing the coaster.

Applying the tar gel with a palette knife, letting the tar gel drip off the palette knife:

photo 1Smoothing out over the surface of the coaster with the palette knife.

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Smoothed out and ready to dry:

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This step does take a while, I like to let it dry overnight. You will notice the tar gel becomes cloudy with a blue hue when first applied, as it dries, the surface becomes clear and glossy.

Drying coasters:

IMG_04011) Stenciled Chevron TCW227 black w/gold

2) Stenciled Chevron TCW227 silver w/black

3) Stenciled Herringbone TCW228 purple w/persimmon

4) Stenciled Ferns TCW243 green w/gold and light green/gold



Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy your new creations!

The finished coasters:

IMG_0395 Stenciled Chevron TCW227 gold w/silver & Stenciled Chevron TCW227 black w/silver

IMG_0400Stenciled Mums TCW173 green w/white

IMG_0398Stenciled Ferns TCW243 green w/gold & Stenciled Mums TCW173 green w/white

I had a lot of fun creating these coasters and I hope you enjoyed this!




 2015 The Crafter’s Workshop Design team.

3 Stencils – 3 Mediums

Hi there!  This is Jenni here with my first post as part of the new Design Team!  Yay!  I am super excited to share a layout I made using 3 different stencils and 3 different mediums- spray mist, Distress Inks & modeling paste.

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For my first project I wanted to use a couple of my favorite stencils.  I wanted to use the ‘Number Collage’ stencil since this is a layout about long friendships.  I used the large ‘Confetti’ stencil with some spray mist so the splatters would draw your eye from the photo up to the top of the page.

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I used washi tape to mask off top of the cardstock.  I held the stencil in place and used Distress Inks in a range of greens and blues blending them together as I moved it across the page.

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Finally, I used the irregular solid circles from this 12×12 stencil, ‘Well Rounded’ to add some texture and focus to the area I planned to place my photo.

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I tinted the white modeling paste with silver paint and mixed it in a plastic container.  If there are left overs, I can save it for another projects.

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I used some patterned paper and a few other embellishments to cluster around the photo.

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I hope this inspires you to combine stencils, mediums and techniques on one project! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Stencils used:

TCW384 – Well Rounded

TCW345 – Confetti

TCW210s – Mini Numbers Collage


A simple background using the microbial TCW359 stencil

Hello, My name is Leeann Pearce and I live in Victoria Australia. I am one of many new design team members for The Crafters Workshop 2015 team. I am very excited to be here today to share my first project.

I create all kinds of art and love to get my hands dirty. I love scrapbooking, cardmaking and mixed media on canvas. Today I am sharing a scrapbook page as we often forget that there are new crafters picking up this hobby daily, and knowing where to start can be a challenge.

Anyway today is all about grabbing a stencil and using it as a stamp.

I’ve used the Microbial TCW359 stencil. I LOVE this  stencil so much, I have a crazy love for circles.

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Step 1: Remove stencil from packaging and place on a scrap of card stock.
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Step 2: Select a spray mist of your desire and give the stencil a light spray.

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Step 3: Grab your background card stock and place on top of misted stencil. A gentle press down,  but no rubbing as you could end up with smudging it and losing the design detail.LeeannTCW 4 Step 4: Flip the pressed card stock over and allow to dry.LeeannTCW 5Step 5: Clean the stencil with baby wipes or warm soap water and repeat the whole process using contrasting colour.

Once the inks  are dry, play around with your stencil stamped backgrounds. When you are happy with your design then scrap it.

…and the end result is this fabulous page with my 3 beautiful girls. Plus some close up detail shots of the stencil stamped design.

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LeeannTCW 8I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial, especially if you are NEW and feel confident to give this ago! Good luck and thank you for popping by.

Leeann Pearce xxx