Make a Difference Stenciled Journal Page

Hello everyone!

Robyn here sharing a technique for creating a ghosted effect with stencils and spray inks.


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The Crafter’s Workshop Blog – Make a Difference Stenciled Journal Page – created by Robyn Wood

When was the last time you pulled out your spray inks to create a page in your journal? I know they can be a little messy, but the trick is to create a bunch of backgrounds in one session so you have lots of pages to work on later. For this post, I decided to use my Dylusions sprays to create a lovely tone-on-tone pattern for a page background. The beauty of these spray inks is that they lift easily through a stencil, leaving behind a gorgeous pattern.

Creating a spray ink background using blue and purple Dylusions.

I started my page with a light spritzing of water and then added a few spritzes of Dylusions spray ink in turquoise and purple shades. I laid a second page over the top to mop up the excess ink – no point wasting it. The removable pages in the Art by Marlene journals make this step nice and easy. I then dried the page well using a heat gun so it was nice and ready for the next steps.

Sketch a simple flower using a Stabilo All pencil

Using a black Stabilo All pencil, I sketched a simple flower on the left-hand side of the page.

Remove ink from stencil openings using damp kitchen cloth

Using the Balzer Designs TCW834 Stone Increase stencil, I placed it over the right-hand side of the page and used a damp kitchen cloth to carefully lift colour from the open areas of the stencil. You could also use a baby wipe but I’m trying to be a bit eco-friendlier in my art studio.

Depending on the size of your page, you may need to move the stencil around a little. I’ve done the effect over the whole of the right side of the page, but you could aim for a random effect.

Dry off the page to see the full effect – you should have a subtle tone-on-tone pattern.

Paint flower with acrylic paints

Use acrylic paints to paint the flower. I applied quite a thick coat of heavy bodied acrylics to give the flower some texture.

Paint a swish of white paint for quote sticker

I wanted to add a printed quote but they all seemed to disappear into the background a little. A short swipe of white acrylic allowed the words to stand out nicely. Of course, using Dylusions inks will mean that the colour will migrate a touch and give me a pale blue stripe, but it works.

Completed page - Make a Difference Stenciled Journal Page – created by Robyn Wood

My final touches were to ink around the edges of the page to darken them a little and then I added a faux stitched line using a fine black pen.


  • TCW834 Stone Increase stencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Dylusions spray ink
  • Art by Marlene art journal
  • Fine, black pen
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk
  • Stabilo All pencil

Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope I have inspired you to get a little tone-on-tone happening in your journals! Don’t forget to tag me on social media if you do!    

We would love to see what you create with The Crafters Workshop Stencils and Mediums. You can share it with us on our Facebook Page, Instagram and Pinterest using hashtag #stencillove

Robyn Wood
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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