THE TECHNIQUE IS:
A layering technique I go back to over and over is stenciling. I love it because of the very cool patterns and visual textures I can achieve with it. Using stencils also creates depth in my pages, which I feel looks more interesting. Stenciling is another way of getting color and pattern on your page. It's not required at all for art journaling, but I'm sharing it here with you to give you another way to let go, have fun, and PLAY in your art journaling practice. Any opportunity to play is a good one, in my opinion. So have fun!
There are a million and one stencils on the market. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the choices. I suggest picking up a few (use your coupons, shop sales, etc.) that you love, in different sizes, and especially choosing ones that have patterns or textures vs images, because a specific image will be less useful overall than a pattern. You'll see what I mean in my videos. But beware, sometimes the stenciled image is so beautiful that we don't want to go further with the page. Ah, the dreaded PRECIOUS page! When that happens, I suggest leaving it alone for a while and coming back to it when you feel less attached. You can get stencils in some of your local art supply stores, the big box art supply stores, and online at Scrapbooking-warehouse.com, Dickblick.com, Stencilgirlproducts.com, etc.
One more note about stencils: In the videos I mention stencils, templates and masks. From my perspective they're generally interchangeable labels. However, I think of a mask as something you put on the page to cover up an area (you might use its edge to create a pattern or image, you might use it to cover an area and keep it clean from whatever else you're doing on the page). I think of a stencil as a sheet with a design cut out of it that I can use to create that design with paint or ink on my page. I think of a template as a stencil without a border...but I've seen the word template used to describe both of the above...and I mix them all up, too! So go figure!
HERE ARE SOME OPTIONS:
STENCIL WITH PAINT
Stenciling with paint is a really fun way to add layers of depth and interest to your pages. My favorites stencils to use with paint are the ones that have a suggestion of texture, such as dots, or the weave of burlap fabric, or a subtle woodgrain. With most of the stencils I use, I try to use them sparingly or a little here and a little there, rather than covering the whole page. If I do cover the whole page, then I try to layer over it, to obscure it. Why? Well, because, to be honest, I don't feel a lot of ownership over the stencil imagery that I purchase and if I cover my whole journal page with a stencil then I don't feel like it's mine. Using that stencil in pieces, letting it come in and out of the visual, that feels more like my work. But that's just me. You may feel differently using the stencils. And as I always say, there are no rules!
CLEANING YOUR STENCILS AFTER USING WITH PAINT
Just some tips from me!
MAKE YOUR OWN STENCILS OR MASKS
Another kind of stencil is a "mask" or "template." I like to make my own masks/templates using simple shapes. Then I stamp around the edges to create an image. In the following video I show you how to make a simple wave mask. I've made others, but I don't want to intimidate you with complicated technique. I just want to suggest to you that with an old file folder and a pair of scissors you can create an element that adds interesting layers to your page! Enjoy!
HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF WAYS I'VE STENCILED WITH PAINT ON MY PAGES. CLICKING ON A PICTURE WILL ENLARGE IT. FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THEM IN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP.
In our next lesson (and our last one) we'll dive into the addicting world of spray inks!
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