Quirky girls with stencils



Stencils and modeling paste ladies/ girls with houses stamp background

Hi there to all you creatives!

This is Marlene from  ART BY MARLENE  and today I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial on creating your own quirky TCW stencil girls in an art journal.


TCW Stencils and DecoArts products

I started off by priming my black Dylusions journal with a mix of 3 DecoArts Americana paints ( Warm White, Electric Pink & Fiery red *neon* ).  After ‘hitting’ it with my heat tool,  I stamped my page with a Carabelle XXL alphabet stamp and Archival Ink(cactus flower).


Julie Fei-Fan Balzer stencil


Using a black permanent marker I traced a few faces from Julie’s “many faces” stencil…..that is the first step to creating my  quirky girls.


Dina Wakley’s lovely stencil design for The Crafter’s Workshop with DecoArts media paint

For the bodies I am masking off the background with Dina’s “Sally & Carly” stencil and with a make-up sponge I added some Americana Bahama Blue paint. To create a bit more depth, go back in with a your stencils and a second(slightly darker) colour (in my instance I used DecoArts Media Cobalt Turquoise Hue  to create the illusion of a few background figures).


Art journaling layers

Outline your main figures with a stabilo all pencil and “activate” the lines with a waterbrush and fade it out. Spatter some paint onto your page(I used white and turquoise) and if some of it ‘lands’ on the faces, just wipe it away with a baby wipe.


Modeling paste hair

With a pallet knife I pushed some DecoArts MEDIA modeling paste  through  Julie’s gorgeous TCW stencil “Striped Flower Circle“, to create a raised patterned hair design.


“stripes flower circle” stencil design for the hair and modeling paste

On the bottom of the page I stamped these cute “vintage homes” (stamps by Joy Crafts) with black Stazon ink. (if you are scared of stamping on your girls, you can always mask off the figures with the stencils). With a white sharpie I added some highlights and doodles. With a black pilot permaball pen  I did some journaling along the silhouettes. I also added some ‘Sizzling Pink’ paint to the girls cheeks , ‘Bahama Blue’ to the eyes and ‘Peaches and Cream’ to create some skin tones.


Art by Marlene design for The Crafter’s workshop

To finish it off I added a few heart embellishments….and “taa-daaa”! Your quirky girl journal spread is finished.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some products to create this project. This post also contains affiliate links. The opinions I share are solely my own.

Thank you for joining me today.


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member









17 thoughts on “Quirky girls with stencils

  1. I practically bounced in my chair when I saw this one. WOW…a neat idea. I’m off to try and do something like it. Thanks for sharing.

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