Spring is finally making it’s way here! The time between now and the last one seems like forever and day doesn’t it? I wanted to make an art page to welcome new beginnings and a breath of fresh air!
A process video from my YouTube channel is linked down below.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
I primed both art journal pages of the layout with a generous layer of TCW 9001 White Gesso. When using any kind of sprays- it’s always a good idea to pretreat the surface of your substrate.
I taped down the 12×12 TCW780 Botanical Dream Stencil using painters tape onto the craft mat underneath the left hand side of the page. I sprayed a generous amount of Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Gloss sprays in the colors of Fuchsia, Eggplant, Ocean, and Night.
Never waste any paint! I placed a blank sheet of recycled copy paper on top of the stencil while it was still wet and pulled a print (see right side of photo) to use for later. Two for one special!
On the right side of the layout, I glued down my image (from Keys of the Kingdom on Etsy) and placed the 12×12 TCW712 Butterfly Trail Stencil down with the top curve of the trail matching the shape of her head. From top to bottom, using a sponge dabber, I sponged TCW9065 Fuchsia Stencil Butter, TCW9063 Ocean Blue Stencil Butter and TCW9066 Orchid Stencil Butter down the length of the page. I only overlapped a few of the butterflies from the stencil onto of the image.
To soften the edges of the layout, I applied 1-2 layers of TCW 9001 White Gesso around the edges of the pages with a sponge dabber.
I glued down the butterfly images, applied a few stickers and stenciled over the top of the images with silver acrylic paint with a blending tool through 12×12 TCW865 Asian Floral Stencil. It’s not an overpowering layer but it does provide a little bit of shimmer over the layout when viewed in the light.
Below are some close up photos of the finished layout.
Don’t forget to check out the process video!
Renae Davis, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member