Let’s play- with ART BY MARLENE

Hallo my friends,

I am thrilled to bits that I ( Marlene ) get to share a new tutorial with you again today on The Crafter’s Workshop blog. My mission with this blog post was just to play and let go of those boundaries, we all encounter in our creative journey along the way.  We often forget why we create.  Wasn’t it to relax?  So let’s try to ‘just play’!

I am going to show you a few techniques to play with , when using your stencils.

Add a layer of gel gloss medium through your stencils

PHOTO 1- 4 Creating a resist layer with your gloss medium

I first layed Joanne Fink’s Tree of life (6 x 9 inch)  stencil down and added a layer of TCW Gloss gel medium through it, I gave it a quick dry with a heat tool and then secured my Infinite lace stencil (12 x 12 inch) by Rebekah Meier to the bottom of my page. I added more gel medium through this stencil.

Watercolor and stencils combined

Photo 5-8 Dry, add watercolor, splatter and dry again

Dry the gel medium, untill it is totally dry to the touch. Add some watercolor over the top part of your design first. I used reds, yellow, pink and orange. Now go on and add blue, turqouise and purple to the bottom part of the design. The gel medium acts as a resist, so your stencilled areas will stay white. Splatter on some blue paint on the top part of the design  and then dry it again with a heat tool.

add text and texture to your stencilled design

Photo 9-12 Cut out a text, stick it on, add texture with sand and balls.

Cut out a text (or multiple words) from a magazine and paste it on  your design. I chose the words “enjoy today” to help me remember to enjoy the process of creating. After doing that I decided to add more contrast by splattering some white acrylic on my page. I also wanted more texture and opted to add powertex balls. I stuck them to my design with Rangers Glossy Accents.

Distress inks and The Crafter's Workshop stencils

Photo 13-15 Distress ink and stencils

I wanted to create more interest(and I wasn’t finish playing just yet), so I decided to take out my TCW 644 (6×6 inch) stencil, also designed by Rebekah Meier and pounced on some distress inks through it,  to create a soft edge pattern.  I repeated the process a few times, untill I was happy with the result.


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Enjoy today! The final design, created by playing with the TCW stencils!

Feel free to share this tutorial on social media!

I want to thank The Crafter’s Workshop for giving me the opportunity to share this with you!

This post may include affiliate links and The Crafter’s Workshop has provided me with some products, but the techniques and opinions I share are solely my own.

Regards from Holland

Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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