He Loves me…

Hello everyone!

Robyn here, sharing a painted and stencilled art journal page using a trio of stencils from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.


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The Crafter’s Workshop Blog – He Loves me… – stencilled art journal page by Robyn Wood

If you have been following my blog posts, you will know that I love to create pattern by the technique of stencil reduction and often use it with paint. In this post I will share how to use it with stamping ink to create a more subtle result.

Painting the background using colours that work well together.

Start your art journal spread by painting the pages randomly with colour. I’ve used three colours that work well together and painted them with a patchy effect. Allow paint to dry.

Ink bottom half of page with dye based ink.

Prior to starting this step, have your chosen stencil and a baby wipe on hand then work quickly once you start inking. You can use any ink that is non-permanent such as dye inks and some pigment inks. I’ve used Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Chipped Sapphire as the colour works with the background.

Apply ink across the bottom half of the page, don’t worry if it looks a little splotchy. 

Place stencil over ink and pull back colour using baby wipe

Place TCW828 Big Flower stencil over the inked area and remove colour from the openings of the stencil using a baby wipe. Use the wipe to spread colour across the bottom of the page. Allow to dry.

create collage pieces with stenciling

Create some strips for collage by stencilling patterned paper with ink. Or in my case a bit of painted dictionary paper, whatever you have will work. I’ve stencilled the pattern using permanent stamping ink in black and dark red but anything that will give a contrast of pattern will work. 

two stencils were used over coloured text paper

I’ve stencilled with two different patterns – TCW830 Dash Triangle and TCW885 Cut Outs by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Tear the pieces into pieces 2 – 3cm wide and roughly 2/3 of page width.

Paint a black line across the centre of the page across the top of the stencilled area. Allow to dry then adhere collage pieces.

add extra pattern with circles around TCW828 Big Flower stencil

Add some extra pattern to the bottom of the page using a white gel pen and the edges of the TCW828 Big Flower stencil. The edge has wonderful rounded shapes in random sizings that are perfect. I also added a touch of scallop doodling to the top of the black painted stripe.

Finish the page with a focal image and some text. I’ve used a sweet girl, flowers and text die cuts from Art by Marlene. 


Thanks for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this pair of cards and find some inspiration for your own projects.

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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