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Art Journaling with Stencils

Mixed Media



"Art journaling is about layering materials and adding color inside a sketchbook or journal to create a meaningful, personal series of art. The intention behind the pages and the addition of written journaling sets this apart from a traditional sketchbook." ~Samantha Kira Harding

stenciled art

Using a stencil and some molding paste is a great way to add texture to your surface. 

Step One

Simply put the stencil down on your surface and use a palete knife to spread molding paste through it. Hold the knife at a 45-degree angle to keep the surface flat and even. If you're using a thicker stencil, you'll want to scrape the paste so that it is even with the top of the stencil.

Step Two

Pull up the stencil and allow the paste to dry for about a half hour—you can use a heat tool to speed up the process!

more stenciled art     

Images and text excerpted from 101 Mixed Media Techniques

What kind of paper bases would you like to stencil on?




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