Creating an Art Journal Cover with Gabrielle Pollacco {Video Tutorial}


Hello friends! It’s Gabrielle Pollacco here with you today to share my first blog post for The Crafter’s Workshop!  I recently designed a line of stamps for TCW, and today I’m excited to share with you an art journal cover I made using the 6×6 inch ‘Organic Matter’ stencil and the 12×12 inch ‘Organic Matter’ mask.

Stencil pic

I went with the larger mask style stencil for the front cover because I wanted the vein design to be a little larger, you can use the 6×6 inch mask if you would like to see more of the metallic vein design.

Both Covers

I used the 6×6 inch stencil on the back of the book.  I was going for a simple look without a lot of 3D elements, just a bit of texture from the stencil, as the back of an art journal can take a lot of wear and tear.

I decided to film my project as I went along and create a video tutorial showing step by step how this journal cover was made.  So if you have a moment, grab yourself a cuppa coffee (or tea), sit back and enjoy!….

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial!  Here are a few close-ups of the project, so that you can see detailing on this art journal cover….


I used a variety of mixed media products for the base of the project including a crackle paste for the base.  On my stencil I used a Golden Molding Paste, but any texture paste will do the trick.  I added a metallic sheen using Egyptian Gold H20’s and some Pearlex Mica Powder (all mixed media products I used are listed in the description area under my Youtube video).



I used a variety of Dusty Attic chipboard as well as some fun rusting medium on my chipboard pieces as accents on this journal cover.  I thought the mechanical accents would work nicely with the Organic Matter stencil design. (Again, all the product info can be found in the description area under my Youtube video).

Journal Cover Angle

I hope you enjoyed my post today and I look forward to seeing what you all create using this stencil whether it be the stencil or mask (or both!). Thanks for stopping by the TCW blog!

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12 thoughts on “Creating an Art Journal Cover with Gabrielle Pollacco {Video Tutorial}

  1. As luck would have it I was surfing the net yesterday and saw the video on, fancy my surprise that another appears today – it is fate!!! These new stencils and masks are fantastic when will they be available?

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