Today I'm going to create my August art journal calendar page using a couple of my StencilGirl stencils, including this feature stencil called Crossed Rounds & Squares by Andrew Borloz . I love this stencil because it's really six stencils in one!
I'm also using Rafters by Mary Beth Shaw.
I started out by using a pencil and ruler to create a grid on the page spread and then used random shapes from the Rafter's stencil to trace shapes with a permanent black pen which will be used as my journalling spaces.
You're probably noticing something very wrong right about now...sadly I didn't clue in until much later in the process.
I threw some colour on the spread using turquoise and yellow acrylic paint. When I do this I tend to just paint random patches of colour, overlapping and mixing the colours where they meet.
I liked the crossed square pattern on the newsprint so I added some of that to the journal page too.
Using a small paint brush I added yellow or red dots inside the crossed circles to create the centre of a flower.
I love re-purposing things, and this little spray bottle (originally a body spray) makes a great paint sprayer. I diluted some liquid acrylic (in the darker blue I used earlier) to a milking consistency so that I could spray it through the nozzle (start with approx. equal parts paint/water and add water as needed until it sprays easily). This was then generously sprayed onto the stenciled newspaper and left to dry.
Yes, this is when I finally clued in to the fact that I had way too many days in August. Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking when I created the initial grid, but obviously I was far to focussed on playing with paint and stencils to pay attention!
Fortunately I was able to wipe off the extra white from that one shape that I shouldn't have painted!
I first drew and cut out the letters from a plain piece of the newspaper to ensure they'd fit. I then used those as my tracers when making the letters on the coloured newsprint text.
I painted matted gel medium onto the journal page, and the back of the newspaper letters to glue them to the page.
And here's the finished spread:
Have fun visiting all the other creative team members to see what they've done and for more chances to win in the giveaway! Good Luck!