Everything has beauty…

Hello everyone!

Robyn here, I’m popping in to share a layered and stencilled art journal page.


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The Crafter’s Workshop Blog – Everything has beauty… – stencilled art journal page by Robyn Wood

Everything has beauty… even the simplest of animals like the cow. In Australia we often see cows and sheep when we drive out of the big cities, they become a ubiquitous part of our landscape. But viewed up close, cows are gorgeous animals with big brown eyes and soft ears that beg to be scratched. I thought I’d put the TCW869 Bessie stencil to work in a page celebrating this wonderful animal.

Arranging patterned papers to create background layers

For this page I’ve used the Prima Spring Farm House range, but I’m sure you will find lots of suitable patterned papers you can use. Ginghams, stripes, florals would all work well. I layered up the pieces without any adhesive until I had a pleasing arrangement. I wanted to stencil the background so this gives me an idea of where I can stencil for best effect.

Inking with TCW5006 Woodgrain and Distress Oxide inks in brown and black for background.

Next I stencilled the background using the TCW5006 Woodgrain using Distress Oxide inks in shades of brown and black. Using multiple colours across the pattern adds a touch of realism and depth to the stencilling.

Adhering patterned papers over background. Each is inked with brown ink first.

Then I inked the edges of all of the patterned paper pieces and adhered them onto the page. As I was adding the Bessie image, I decided the page needed a splatter of ink so used some watered down black paint with a wet brush to give spatters. 

Using tape to mask off Bessie's head on TCW869 Bessie stencil.

I decided that the Bessie image would be the focal image of the page and created it by stencilling with TCW9009 Black Modeling Paste. I didn’t want the whole of the image so masked off just Bessie’s head with masking tape. I find that when I do this, you first need to decide which way the image is to be facing (I wanted her facing into the page) so placed the masking tape on the ‘top side’ of the stencil. It is a good idea to turn the stencil over to check you have covered all the extraneous bits of the design prior to starting. 

Stenciled image using TCW9009 Black Modeling Paste

Once Bessie was stencilled, I carefully lifted the stencil and set her aside to dry fully. Then she was layered with black card and added to the page along with a Tim Holtz quote.


  • TCW5006 Woodgrain
  • TCW869 Bessie
  • TCW9009 Black Modeling Paste
  • Distress Oxide inks in brown and black
  • Patterned papers to suit
Detail shot - The Crafter’s Workshop Blog – Everything has beauty… – stencilled art journal page by Robyn Wood

Thanks for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to see the beauty in the world around you, perhaps you might like to create a page to a simple part of your everyday. We would look forward to seeing it. 

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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