Today’s subject is Art Journaling Make it Happen.
Between the Lines Series
Welcome! This is the third installment in my Between the Lines blog series. It’s all about art journals and stencils. For this series, I find space between the stencil lines for handwritten journaling. Since I seem attract/collect/amass stencils, I have a few to choose from when I work in this series!
Art Journaling Make it Happen
I started out by adhering old book paper to my page. Matte Medium is my go-to wet adhesive, but you can use whatever you like. It helps to use a brayer or bone folder to smoosh (highly technical term) out any air bubbles.
Next, bring on the paint! This is just a wash of paint. I went with several layers and a few different colors.
The fun begins when the stencils arrive. This is from a French company called Carabelle.
Bumping a Stencil
Can you see the slight shadow of light colored paint behind the black stenciling? That’s a stenciling technique called ‘Bumping.’ The way it works is you stencil with one color paint, let dry, then ‘bump’ the stencil slightly and use a different color paint on top of the first. It gives a nice effect and looks like you did more work than you actually did.
I usually attribute these quotes to their author, but when I googled this one there was no single source. “Make it Happen” can be traced back to artists, athletes, poets, and many many more. I like the “Chop, chop!” “Just do it!” nature of this quote.
Online Mixed Media Class with Craftsy
If you’d like to learn more about the techniques I use working with paint and ink, check out my online class with Craftsy. Class comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee! It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. Newsletter subscribers receive an automatic discount code for the class, so sign up here for the newsletter if interested. Here’s a 2-minute preview video: