Hi there all, Nancy here with a tutorial for a quick and easy art journal page using new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

My art journal is where I turn to try out new products and techniques, and such was the case with the stencils and new gold gesso from The Crafter’s Workshop.

art journal page with TCW stencils la rosa and cactus LEFKO

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.

Supplies Used:

12″ x 12″ Cactus stencil TCW655

6″ x 6″ La Rosa stencil TCW649s

TCW stencils cactus and la rosa

gold gesso TCW9003

140 lb watercolor art journal

fluid acrylic paints: mustard, aqua, robin’s egg blue, light pink, magenta, purple

baby wipes

foam brushes/spouncers

masking tape

white gel pen/marker/correction fluid pen

alphabet rubber stamps

Staz-On ink: mustard

vintage text

washi tape

fluid chalk ink: yellow ochre, rouge


Apply acrylic paint to journal and blend with baby wipes, paying closest attention to edges where colors will merge.

Use foam brush to apply acrylic paint and blend with baby wipe on journal page LEFKO

art journal background with blended acrylic paint LEFKO

 Mask off stars around cactus and position stencil on journal page. Use foam spouncer with the gold gesso to fill in cactus.

TCW cactus stencil positioned on art journal page LEFKO

Use TCW gold gesso and cactus stencil to add focal point to journal page LEFKO

Use 6″ x 6″ La Rosa stencil and acrylic paint to add overlapping rose pattern to top, bottom and sides of journal page. Use three colors of acrylic paint and a spouncer to apply.

TCW La Rosa and Cactus stencils with acrylic paint on art journal page LEFKO

Use white gel pen to add cactus spines.

TCW cactus stencil and spines made with white gel pen LEFKO

Add the message to the page with rubber stamped words, vintage text and marker. A correction fluid pen makes an opaque white line which, when traced around with a fine line marker, really pops. Use fluid chalk ink around edges of cut out text & stamped words. Add interest to the page with washi tape.

Add interest to journal page with message and washi tape LEFKO

An application of fluid chalk ink around the outer edges of the journal page creates a nice “frame” and completes the page.

art journal page with TCW stencils la rosa and cactus LEFKO

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and next time you want to test drive a new TCW stencil or product, you’ll reach for your art journal.

See you next time!

Nancy Lefko


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