Play Hard Art Journal Spread

Hello stencil lovers. I have a new addiction! I’ve been playing with my gel plate from Gel Press, getting messy and having so much fun. Seriously, this was such a fun spread and it was very therapeutic for me. I created this little by little for a few nights in a row. I’d add something and come back. I am going to try this the next time my mojo isn’t quite there… sometimes, it really helps to just sleep on it.

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

To begin, I dropped a small amount of acrylic paint onto the gel plate and then used a brayer to smooth out the paint. Then, I placed the journal page face down on the plate and smooth over the page using a brayer. I repeated this process several times with different color paints until I was happy with the result. I ended up using the back of the page! While I was applying paint to the page, I’d rub off the excess behind the page… I thought it would be a good idea… create two projects at the same time using the same technique. Come back on January 5th to see the other layout I created!

Once I was done with the background, I grabbed some Light and Fluffy Modeling Paste and the TCW809 Ocean Window 12X12 stencil to create a fun design. I really like how the Light and Fluffy looks against the pretty colors! I used a palette knife to pull the Light and Fluffy through the stencil.

After it was completely dry, I used the Gel Medium to glue down the patterned papers and embellishments. I like using the gel, rather than a tape runner because the gel really holds everything in place.

Here are some close-ups. I’m so pleased with how this turned out and the colors!! It’s so happy… After I was finished gluing down everything, I rubbed black ink along the edges to give it more of a distressed look.

I really like how the background turned out with the use of the gel plate. You cannot get this look just painting directly onto the cardstock. And this technique is super easy to do. Anyone can do it… you just have to jump in and START. 🙂

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Nicole Martel, Design Team Member

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