You're at the HOP!! It's my pleasure today to share a fun stencil from The Crafter's Workshop,
designed by Julie Balzer
. The "Peek A Boo" stencil, is a composition of repeating "half moon" shapes in a block pattern. The arrangement of the patterns on the 12" x 12" template was begging me to make an art journal! The four groups of circles is a perfect canvas for a decorative background for lettering and journaling. In the midst of my hosting my online lettering classes,
this was a perfect opportunity to create another small lettering journal, i'm calling my "Vision Book".
I started with 2 sheets of 12"x12" watercolor cut to size. Both sides were spritzed with the new spray inks, Dylusions from Ranger.
Of course the bold, vibrant palette just sings to me!
After the inks were dry, i painted to a thin coat of gesso to unify the page, soften the colors and create a smooth surface for writing.
When the gesso dried, i cut out around the "half moon" shapes around the borders on all four sides. When i first saw this stencil i envisioned whimsical scallops as edges of pages in a handmade journal!
…Using a metal t-square for leverage, i tore the pages down the center creating 4 pages of design to be folded in half to make 8 book pages. (this is actually a 6 page book with a half sheet for the inclusion, and the other half for the cover decoration)
I used 3 pages to make the book and bound the pages with bookbinding thread. I then tore the 4th piece in half to make and inclusion page, and a decorative ruffle for the front. The scallops were screaming "paper ruffle" to me! I cut two strips for the ruffle from one leftover square from the stenciled pattern. The scallops were created by rolling the cutout "moons" with a thin paintbrush handle to create dimension, then glued to the journal cover.
Bling girl that i am, i then coated the cover with the new Silks, the delicious acrylic glaze paints
, which glided on like shiny buttah! Be still my blinging heart!
My favorite part comes last, filling the book with lettering samplers, writing words and quotes with my black markers and sparkly Sakura Galaxy pens. I love how the stencil design elements became the dimension for the edges of each page.
This was such a great challenge, to take a stencil and do something completely out of the ordinary with it. That's what i love about my life as art, being constantly inspired to make something simple, or wonderful in every creation.
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Creativity is a magical thing!