Hello folks, Nancy here, and welcome to a tutorial for an inspirational art journal page.

The beauty of an art journal is the opportunity it gives you to try out new ideas and techniques. Such was the case with this journal page. I’d been wanting to play with stenciling on teabags and decided to use that technique on this page.

Finished art journal page with TCW644 TCW643 and 643s 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″ Infinite Lace Stencil TCW643

6″ x 6″ Mini Infinite Lace Stencil TCW643s

12″ x 12″ Daisy Chain Stencil TCW644

TCW643 stencil Infinite LaceTCW644 Daisy Chain stencil

9″ x 12″ 140 lb watercolor paper art journal

The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Gesso


used teabags (paper only)

foam spouncer

acrylic paint: mustard yellow & aqua

heat tool

glue stick

washi tape

alphabet rubber stamp sets

vintage book paper

Staz-On ink: teal

Fluid chalk ink cats’ eye: Deep Lagoon


I decided to use mandala stencils for this “follow your path” art journal page. Mandalas remind me of the Labyrinths that folks use for meditative walks in the new year.

Place 12″ x 12″ Infinite Lace Stencil onto journal page. Paint over entire page/stencil with TCW Clear Gesso. Dry with heat tool.

TCW643 Infinite lace stencil and TCW clear gesso LEFKP

Apply mustard yellow acrylic wash. You’ll notice the difference in shades were the gesso acted as a resist. Dry.

Acrylic wash over gesso resist TCW643 LEFKO

Close up gesso resist TCW643 LEFKO

Using 6″ x 6″ Mini Infinite Lace stencil, 12″ x 12″ Daisy Chain stencil, aqua acrylic and foam spouncer, add design to the tea-stained teabag papers.

Stained teabags and TCW643s LEFKO

TCW643s and acrylic paint on teabags LEFKO

Stenciled teabag papers with TCW643s and TCW644 LEFKO

Cut teabag papers into strips and adhere to journal page using glue stick.

Stenciled teabga strips with TCW643s and 644 stencils LEFKO

Stenciled strips on journal page background LEFKO

Separate just a bit to show background, but still show the essence of the stencil pattern on the teabag.

Close up stencil strips LEFKO

Add washi tape to the design.

Add washi tape to the design LEFKO

Rubber stamp message with Staz-On teal ink onto vintage book paper. Ink edges with deep lagoon fluid chalk ink. Adhere to page with glue stick.

Add message with rubber stamp alphabet sets and teal Staz-On ink LEFKO

Add message with rubber stamp alphabet sets and teal Staz-On ink LEFKO

Apply fluid chalk ink to the edges of journal page as a frame.

Finished art journal page with TCW644 TCW643 and 643s LEFKO

I hope this tutorial encourages you to experiment with new ideas and techniques using The Crafter’s Workshop stencils.

Best wishes for a happy new year and a path to happy times!

Nancy Lefko

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member


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