Weeds are Flowers, too

Welcome back stencil fans! This is Rachel Kleinman on the blog today to share a bright floral art journal page. Now that it’s April, I feel like I can finally get back to using those colorful paints and my favorite flower stencils!

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Let me walk you through how I created this page…

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I’m going to try my best to remember all the stencils I used, because there are definitely a lot! I started by painting the entire page in a variety of pink shades of acrylic paint. Then with larger stencils I began to add teal, lime green, and purples. The background stencils you can see are Stockinette, Life Remembered, Doodle Bloom, Overlapping Stripes, and Orange Slices.

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Next I took the Poppy Garden stencil and traced around the openings with pencil. Now I can see the stencil outline that will appear as my main image.

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Since the colors are so bright, I had to start with a couple coats of Gesso throughout the page. Now I’ll paint over that with a blue acrylic paint…

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Once the blue paint dried, I wasn’t very happy with the lack of definition between the flowers and the background. So I outlined them all again with a black pen.

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Next I added some white doodles with a gel pen, used my paint pens to add some subtle background patterns, and finally wrote in a quote.

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“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – A.A. Milne

Rachel Kleinman

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Certified Educator

Here is a complete list of the stencils I used today… by the way, every stencil is BRAND NEW from The Crafter’s Workshop! (some links may be affiliate links).

TCW 627s – Life Remembered

TCW 628 – Poppy Garden

TCW 631 – Doodle Bloom

TCW 600 – Overlapping Stripes

TCW 596 – Orange Slices

TCW 606 – Stockinette

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