Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #4
The theme for March was home and it was time to get the stencils out again. I’m following the themes and the basic techniques used, but varying some of the elements and ideas in each lesson: there is no point (for me) in just recreating what the instructor demonstrates, so I’m tweaking things as I go along.
For the lower half of the background, I quickly laid down a mix of greens and lifted some of the colour back off again through a leaf texture stencil (Tiny’s leaf grain by Marianne Design) — I love this stencil, and the Tiny’s sliced wood and Tiny’s foam stencils I got at the same time. And now I’ve just made the mistake of wondering whether there are any more stencils in the “Tiny’s” range and, well, let’s just say there are a few, some of which I may have to acquire. No, I don’t have enough stencils already, why would you even think that…
I had to work to get the sun’s rays in the top half (another stencil That Special Touch sunrise) looking right. My first attempt left me with too-bright colours that didn’t match the tone of the bottom half. Luckily, acrylic paint can be layered easily and with a bit of faffing, I created a background I liked.
Yet another stencil (CraftStar fern frond) added the foliage in the foreground. Once that was dry, I sketchily outlined the leaves with a sepia multiliner to give them a bit more definition.
Then it was on to the house. The instructor used a stamp for this, but I’d been wanting to try using paper piecing to create buildings and this way I could make something that was closer in style to our home. And it is yet another use for odds and ends of patterned paper, which is a good thing.
Rather than just stick some cut-out words on the page, I decided to make a banner using a piece of string and some die-cut letters (My Favorite Things stitched banner alphabet). The example went on to include a lot more doodling, but I was happy with it just the way it was. And anyway, I had a matching collage to make.
I didn’t have any light blue collage papers so everything ended up being quite a bit darker than the journal page, though not quite as bad as the photo makes it out to be. It’s not my favourite collage, but it’s better than a slightly grubby blank page.