A Concentration in Contrast – Art Journal Spread

Hi there!  Jenni here to share a new Art Journal page combining awesome Canvas Corp. products we are teaming up with the new stencils and media from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I used several new medias, the new heavy body acrylic paints and new stencils in multiple sizes!  I wanted lots of contrast and here is what I created!

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




I began using The Crafter’s Workshop ‘White Gesso’ for a base to my art journal pages… I taped the spine with masking tape beforehand.Next, I used several shades of pinks, orange and the gold gelatos to create a base of color.

After both pages dried, I used 2 of the Glimmer Mists in yellow and pink with the 12×12 ‘Heart Swirls’ stencil.

Again, waiting for the mist to dry, which wasn’t long, I used a patterned brayer and some of the heavy body acrylic to add white polka dots on top of the background.  Next, I added some gaffer tape with text on it and daubed on some dark grey ink on a piece of this stencil with the hearts.

This project being a process of layers, I waited until the ink and mist dried to add some of the heavy body acrylic I mixed and lightened using the ‘Shimmery Goodness’ paint.  I used gesso to lighten it as well, since the Shimmery paint is just that, adding a bit of sparkle without altering the color.

I estimated some of the large floral stencils shapes in the ‘Dutch Spring’ stencil when adding paint on the spread. I added more gesso on top of the wet paint and scraped it to add texture. Patiently waiting until all of the gesso and paint dried, I used the 12×12 stencil I had planned using, ‘Dutch Spring’ and the Black Modeling Paste to add large shadows of contrasting black.

I didn’t worry about completely covering the stencil area or getting paint under the stencil.  I wanted the texture, general shape and of course the contrast. The following layer, my favorite, ‘Light & Fluffy!’  I offset the stencil to add the white adjacent to the black to create a stark, bold background. In planning the original spread, I knew I wanted to concentrate on the blacks and white of the Canvas Corp. papers, the media and the contrast those would make with some of the warmer colors of the acrylics.  I fussy cut lots of the floral shapes and insects from this thick paper and used the Gel Medium to adhere it to my journal.This photo shows how opaque the Gel Medium look upon application, but the one I chose, dries to a matte finish.

Adding more vivid color and texture, I used a combination of the yellow, raspberry, blue and white acrylics around the pages.Everywhere I had black modeling paste of paint, I tried to accent it with some white paint, marker or pen.  I doodled a lot over the paint, the stencil and the adhered papers, blending the colors into the collage of media.Finally, I used some very old, very small wooden alpha stamps to add this phrase from Lily Pulitzer.

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s Spring.”The weather where I live is a perfect inspiration for this art journal!

Thanks so much for sticking thru this long description and post with me!  I hope you are inspired to let create a contrasting collage too!


TCW9009 – Black Modeling Paste

TCW9007 – Clear Gel Medium Matte

TCW9009 – Black Modeling Paste

TCW9012  – Shimmery Goodness

TCW9004   – Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste

TCW9017 – Heavy Body Acrylic – Lemon Custard

TCW9020 – Heavy Body Acrylic – Rasperry Sorbet

TCW9023 – Heavy Body Acrylic – Blue Jellybean

TCW689 – Dutch Spring

TCW679  – Heart Swirls

TCW659 – She Said Yes

TCW9010 – Silver Gesso

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Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

16 thoughts on “A Concentration in Contrast – Art Journal Spread

  1. I love this concept of Spring! I’m really loving your use of the Tattered Angels Mists, and TCW’s Black Modeling Paste.

  2. So amazing what Jenni did with these stencils and other great products!!! I dimension is incredible and I see the work that went into it!!! Super inspiring!!! Thank you!! #tcwccbmatchup

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