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Playing with Paint and Stencils

One of my favorite sayings when I am creating is 'Don't stress embrace the mess' and apart from glitter I don't think there is too many other things that could beat paint as something that can get really messy for you whilst creating.  Playing with paint and stencils is fun and a great way to create layers and interest particularly for journal page backgrounds.

I actually started by using my Gel Press Plate (12 x 14) to get some base color quickly onto my page.  Adding paint to the plate, spreading it across the plate and then pressing my journal pages directly to the plate.  This is the part where you embrace the mess as you won't always get perfect coverage etc.

Next I brayered black paint onto the Plate and used a large 12 x 12 Stencil while the stencil was still on the plate I pressed one page of my journal into the plate picking up the positive print space, then removing the stencil I picked up the remaining design on the other page.

I then took some smaller 6 x 6 stencils and some of my starting paint colors to add some further interest.  I love the stencils that have mark making in mind from The Crafter's Workshop giving you a number of designs and patterns in the one stencil.

I then using up some more of my starting paint colors brushed these over some of the white space that was showing and also over some of my stenciled design to integrate the patterns and colors further.  In no time at all I had a background ready to have further focal detail and layers added.  

Now to decide on just what to journal about on this one.    I'll play a little more before deciding.

Danie xx


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