A guest art journaling tutorial by Journal Spilling author, Diana Trout
Time to break out the stencil for this layered art journaling technique. Stencils are so popular right now and are widely available both on-line and at your local craft store. If you don’t have an “official” stencil, make your own using an old file folder and X-Acto blade.
When time is short, it is great to work in your journal in stages.
Here’s what you’ll need for this technique.
* a large simple stencil works best for this technique
Gesso (or regular craft paint)
Watercolor, watersoluble crayons, watersoluble pencils and/or colored markers
paint brushes, water and a rag
Since this journal page idea has a lot of dry times, it works perfectly for me to get a layer down, let it dry, then come back for another layer. You can always use a heat gun if you want to get this done in one sitting.
Gesso and Stencil Layer
Open to a new page or spread in your journal and lay the stencil down.
Use the gesso in the lid of your jar, dip in your brush. You may want to bounce your loaded brush onto waste paper (or another part of your journal); you want a fairly dry brush. Then bounce away on your stencil, refilling your brush as needed
Dry time: check your emails, it won’t take long for this layer to dry.
Color Layer #1
(you know there has to be more than one color layer).
When the gesso’d stencil layer is completely dry, use a big wet brush and spill color all over the page. Since the watercolor/gesso layer is pretty fragile, you can easily wipe away any paint that you don’t want. You can use a damp brush to re-wet the color and a rag to wipe.
Dry time: write a blog post, this layer takes a bit longer to dry.
Color Layer #2
. Write, Draw, Doodle
You can use any kind of water-based media for this layer. I used Aquamarkers but plain old Crayolas or Pitt markers would work just as well. Do your writing or doodling. I wrote in Spilling fashion.
Since this layer is also water-soluble, you can again wipe away over the stenciled areas, leaving a peek-a-boo effect.
On the Clouds page, I took it a bit further with more markers and Inktense Pencils to add some shadowy areas. How about some collage on top or more gesso? You could gesso over an area of your page and add doodles, more writing or collage.
Make this artwork yours by doing whatever comes to your mind. Try to work quickly and keep one step ahead your critic. Remember this: your journal is for you. “Messing” something up usually leads to creative problem solving and more interesting work. Go with your instincts always!
For some quick watercolor techniques using Crayola watercolors, see my video: Juicy Watercolor
For more on watercolor, you can go to my free online class Watercolor Primer.
About Diana Trout: "I like art - making it, teaching it and writing about it." Visit her blog here
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