Hello folks, Nancy here, and welcome to a tutorial for an art journal page using clear gesso and great new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

Summertime is here and that means I’m headed to my happy place…the beach! Is there anything better than summer days on the beach?

Art journal page with TCW679 TCW709 and TCW715s LEFKO

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

Supplies Used:

9″ x 12″ 140 lb watercolor journal

TCW679 12″ x 12″ Heart Swirls stencil

TCW709 12″ x 12″ Under the Sea stencil

TCW715s 6″ x 6″ Happy Greetings stencil

baby wipes

fluid acrylic paint: citron, aqua, ocean breeze, robin’s egg blue

foam brushes/applicator

TCW clear gesso

heat tool

masking tape

fluid chalk ink: deep lagoon, aquamarine

Staz-On ink: black

fluid correction pen

white gel pen

vintage image

glue stick


Apply robin’s egg blue and ocean breeze fluid acrylic paints to journal page with foam brush and blend with baby wipes. Dry with heat tool.

acrylic paints blended with baby wipes LEFKO

Position Heart Swirls stencil and secure with masking tape. Using foam spouncer apply clear gesso over stencil. Allow to dry.

TCW clear gesso and TCW 679 stencil LEFKO

Apply aqua and citron acrylic paints over gesso. Blend with baby wipes. The gesso will act as a resist and allow the blue base coat to show through.

Citron and aqua acrylic paint over dried gesso LEFKO

Position Under the Sea stencil and add a row of shells to the bottom of the page using fluid chalk ink. Mask off unwanted areas first.

TCW709 and fluid chalk ink LEFKO

Add sand dollar and starfish also. Add a total of three stenciled images.

TCW709 and fluid chalk ink LEFKO

Using a correction fluid pen, trace around some of the swirls left by the gesso resist to create a feeling of waves. Add tiny bubbles (circles) made with a white gel pen around swirls and stenciled shells. Accent the stenciled seashells, sand dollars and starfish with white gel pen also.

Correction pen around TCW679 stencil LEFKO

Using foam applicator with black ink and Happy Greetings stencil, add “Hello Happy” to the top portion of the journal page. Adhere copy of vintage image with glue stick. An application of Deep Lagoon fluid chalk ink frames the outside edges of the page.


Black ink and TCW715s stencil LEFKO

Art journal page with detail TCW715s stencil LEFKO

Art journal page with TCW679 TCW709 and TCW715s LEFKO

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial for an art journal page using the wonderful new stencils and clear gesso from The Crafter’s Workshop. And if it’s YOUR happy place also, may you enjoy many blissful summer days at the beach!

Thanks for visiting!

Nancy Lefko

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member



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