The stencils used for this page truly speak to my heart…which resides, make no mistake…at the beach. We are finally getting some warm weather in our neck of New England and that can only mean one thing. That’s right…I am YEARNING for the beach. The sights, the smells, the sounds…ahhhhhh. Life truly IS better at the beach!
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
9″ x 12″ 140 lb watercolor journal
fluid acrylic paints: aqua, citron, ocean breeze, robin’s egg blue
hand carved stamps
fluid chalk ink: deep lagoon
copy of vintage image
Apply fluid acrylic paints and blend with baby wipes; one color at a time. Using the baby wipe over the stenciled design, the gesso acts as a resist and the white of the page shows through.
Stamp a hand carved seahorse stamp with acrylic paint.
Using the Under the Sea stencil and heavy body acrylic paint, add the seahorse design twice. Only a very small amount of the TCW heavy body acrylic paint is needed, as a “close to dry” spouncer creates a cleaner image.
Stamp a hand carved sand dollar stamp with acrylic paint and then add sand dollars and starfish from the Under the Sea stencil in the same manner as above.
Add phrase “Life is Better at the Beach” from At the Beach stencil to the top left of the page with deep lagoon fluid chalk ink. Contrary to its name, fluid chalk ink is a dry stamp pad and lends itself well to stenciling.
Adhere vintage image with glue stick and your page is complete!
The stencils, the paint colors and the mood of this journal page have me MORE than ready to dip my toes in the ocean.
Life IS better at the beach!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial for an art journal page using clear gesso as a resist and the wonderful new stencils and heavy body acrylic paints from The Crafter’s Workshop.
Thanks for visiting!
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member