Fresh growth – Art Journal page

Hi everyone, Tammy here (aka Tambarambaa). Today I’m sharing another arty play – this one is inspired by the growth that surrounds us at the beginning of a fresh year.

art journal page in bright colors with leafy embellishments

TCW provided me with some amazing goodies to play with but the art and the opinions are solely my own.

art journal page in pink, yellow, lime, blue, aqua, black and white. Fresh and vibrant

I began by adding a coat of TCW9001 White Gesso to my page. Once dry, I added some splashes of color, using acrylic paint and a very effective painting tool – my finger!! It doesn’t have to be neat and tidy – we will fix that up later.

I focused the color on the outer edges of the page, trying to leave some white space in the center. I used a pink, yellow, lime, aqua and blue.

Once this layer is dry and working quickly, I added some large sections of white paint over these gorgeous colors, lay down stencil TCW948 Framed Flowers and wiped off some of white paint or gesso through the stencil using a wet baby wipe. Using white gives you a ‘ghost’ impression that is really cool, and just adds some interest to the background.

adding paint to the edges and adding some white ghost floral pattern with white gesso

Now to blend that color into the background – to do this, I used stencil TCW2314 Punchcard stencil – this stencil is like magic…. I simply merge some of the color with it. For example, next to a section of pink, I will add some pink paint through this stencil – it gives the impression of fading out, and just blurs any harsh lines.

I do a bit of this step with pink, blue and white – it’s the step that blends everything together.

using a small grid stencil to merge the background

I also added some black and white stripes to a few of the edges. I just love the arty feel this creates. It’s really simple to do with stencil TCW5009 Stripes – I begin with a bit of TCW9001 White Gesso through the stencil, and then moving the stencil to cover up these stripes, apply TCW9002 Black Gesso.

adding black and white stripes to three edges using black and white gesso and a stripe stencil

While this dries, I grab a few sheets of text paper, and randomly add a few swipes of paint. I then use stencil TCW885 Cut Outs and trace through these with a black pen. I then cut them out and adhere them to the page.

making your own leaf embellishments using a stencil and text paper and paint

To go with those gorgeous striped edges, I decide to add some scallops. To achieve these, I simply trace through a scalloped section of stencil TCW693 Amalia. I repeat it to create some fun scallops, adding black and white paint pens to fill in the details.

I also added some stamping around the edges of the page.

adding black and white scallop using a stencil

The final step is to add a quote – I used one that I just love that focuses on growth and worth – perfect for the stencils and for the beginning of a new year!

journaling - You see beauty in the life of others and the stories they tell. and I just hope you know, as you listen, you are worthy of being heard as well.

There we have it – a colorful yet simple page, using stencils to create your own embellishments.

completed art journal page filled with color and stencils

I hope this page has inspired you to either create, or maybe to think about where you want your focus to be in 2022. I’d love to know if this page has inspired you – just add a comment below, so I know you were here.

And don’t forget to share your own creations by adding #tcwstencillove to your work. I just love seeing what you do and I find YOUR work so inspiring.

If you’d like to see more of my work, you can find me on my BLOG or on Instagram.

Much arty love

Tambarambaa – TCW Design Team Member

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