Frida Kahlo – My Muse – Art Journal Page

Hello TCW creatives!

Tammy back today to share some artiness and inspiration. Today I’ve created an Art Journal page inspired by the incredible artist Frida Kahlo.

TCW provided me with awesome goodies to play with, but the opinions and creations are my own

Art Journal page of Frida Kahlo, with lots of bright colors inspired by Mexico.
Tammy Klingner, Tambarambaa, #tcwstencillove

Inspired by the bright colors of Mexico and her famous floral headwear.

Firstly, I add a layer of TCW9001 White Gesso. I apply with a brush and love the light dreamy feel it has.

Once dry I add Dylusions paint in ‘Lemon Zest’, ‘Funky Fuschia’ and ‘Calypso Teal’. I add the paint quite quickly and randomly allowing them to blend a little so they blend and I get new shades in purple and orange tones. Do not overthink this part, just slap the paint down. NOTE – I didn’t cover the entire page….I left a few white spots.

Pink, yellow and blue paint randomly painted onto an art journal page.

Now whilst the paint is still wet, I lay on top TCW899 Striped Mandala, and using a wet baby wipe, rub over the top of the stencil, so it removes some of the paint. I chose this stencil as I felt it had a real ‘Mexican’ vibe to it so would make a perfect background.

Stencil TCW899 Striped Mandala on top of wet paint

Now for the magic….. when you lift up the stencil!! I love how the colours blend together by using the wipe.

Close up of Painted mandala created with The Crafters Workshop stencil Striped Mandala.

This technique results in lots of stunning parts, but always results in a few sections that you aren’t happy with (you may have little patches of ‘mud’ or sections that haven’t printed as well ). To fix this I used one of my most loved stencils TCW450 Deco Leaves, and add a touch of paint to a dry baby wipe and rub it over to cover those little sections. I chose to use Dylusions ‘Cut Grass’.

Whilst this is all drying, time to create some flowers for Frida’s hair. To begin I paint a section of smooth cardstock with yellow paint.

Once dry I add pink paint to a small amount of TCW9008 Clear Modeling Paste. Once mixed, I chose TCW601 Poppy Field stencil and lay it on top. Then using a spatula, I rub it through the stencil in broad strokes.

Image of pink modeling paste being applied through The Crafters Workshop Stencil with a yellow painted background #tcwstencillove

Lift up that stencil whilst still wet…… more magic ……

Poppy flowers created using The Crafters Workshop stencil in poppy field using pink and yellow paint and clear modeling paste #tcwstencillove

Whilst this dries, I created some leaves in the same way using TCW450 Deco Leaves stencil, TCW9008 Clear Modeling Paste and green paint.

Bright green paint added to clear modeling paste being swiped over The Crafters Workshop Deco Leaves Stencil #tcwstencillove

I decided to leave my background white as I find when working with lots of bright colors, adding white somewhere really ‘lifts’ them all.

Once completely dry cut out your flowers and leaves…..

pink and yellow poppies cut out in a pile with green leaves

Now it’s time to work on your Frida. I had found a magazine image of her, so I adhered this to the bottom of the page using TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium. I applied the gel medium to the back of the image and then once I added it to my page, I also applied TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium on top.

I really wanted to make the Frida image more ‘mine’, so I decided to paint over the top of it with acrylic paints and then add some details with markers. I often do this with magazine faces – it gives a guide if you aren’t super confident painting your own face. Plus it gives you a painted look, rather than a digital image and allows you to tweak the image to suit your art.

close up image of Frida Kahlo's painted face

Now it’s time to add in those flowers and leaves you created earlier. I did this using TCW9052 Super Thick Gel. I just applied a very small amount to the back of each piece using a spatula. This adheres immediately and allows them to sit up, adding extra dimension to your page.

Art Journal image of Frida Kahlo with gorgeous flowers in her hair created with The Crafters Workshop Stencil and a rainbow Mandala background. 

I also added pen work to the leaves and centre of the flowers, just to tie it all together.

close up image of poppies created with The Crafters Workshop Poppy Field Stencil in fuschia and yellow
pink and yellow poppies

There you have it…….

Frida Kahlo Art Journal painted image in bright colors
Tammy Klingner, Tambaramba, #tcwstencillove

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Tammy Klingner aka Tambarambaa

The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member

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