Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Artistcellar Stencils~Sacred Hearts Series

This is my first post for Artistcellar as a member of their Design Team!  I received the beautiful Sacred Hearts Stencils in the mail last week and have been playing around with them ever since.  There are four 6" by 6" stencils in the pack and each one is different.  I will be posting a different project every Tuesday this month showing each of the stencils in the pack.

I chose the one with the crown as my first stencil in the series to demonstrate.  I thought it would make a perfect background for a two page spread in my art journal.  This is the finished project, if you would like to see how this was done just keep reading and I will show you step by step in a short tutorial.

First I applied a light coat of gesso to my journal pages and allowed it to dry.  I used Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts Fireworks! spray inks, they have a really concentrated color that can be blended and there is a little bit of sparkle to them.  I used Spring colors and just kept moving the stencil around on both of the pages.

My stencil is dark only because I previously used black permanent ink on it and haven't cleaned it off yet with alcohol.  I started with Bahama Blue Fireworks! and then used other shades of blue, yellow, pink and purple.  I tried keeping all the colors in a Spring palette.  I did bring in other stencils by The Crafters Workshop such as the one called Spinning Tops and Silhouette Script which I felt added more interest.

After spraying the inks through stencils, I carefully lifted off the stencil and blotted the paper with a roll of paper towels and dried it with a heat gun.  Then I used my heart stencil again but this time with Modeling Paste.  I applied a thin layer of Modeling Paste to the pages and allowed them to dry completely.  Be sure to wash your stencil thoroughly after you've finished applying the paste, you don't want it to dry on the stencil.

I moved the stencil around several times on each page repeating the modeling paste application.  When it is dry it has a translucent effect that doesn't take away from all the colors previously applied.  It has great texture, too, when you run your fingers across the finished pages and feel the raised designs.

I decided to stamp a large face, her name is "Missy" (found at Beeswax), on a separate piece of white paper, trim it out and glue it to the art journal page with PVA glue.  The words are rub-ons from Idea-ology.

I made her necklace out of ribbon and a flower that I had in my stash.  Later I colored in her eye and lips with Pan Pastels.  A few black lines applied with black gesso and an old credit card helped to balance out the colors on both pages.  The words are made of Grunge Board letters and the quote is one of  Wendy Vecchi's stamps.

I hope this tutorial helps you to see the versatility of stencils and the beauty of the new Sacred Heart Series by Artistcellar.  By the way, there is a blog hop taking place this week showing how different artists are using this group of stencils.  Of course there are prizes to be had.  In case you would like to join in and put your name in the hat to take advantage of  the give-aways I have included the blog hop list for you.  Thanks for stopping by today, take care ~ Renee

 Here is the Blog Hop list found on the Artistcellar site:

We’ve got a nice line up artists here, be sure to visit their blog on their day of the hop. As usual, we will be giving away a free set of stencils to one lucky person who leaves a comment on each blog. Including this one! I will leave comments open until Friday night, even though the blog hop ends on Thursday :-)  Here’s the lineup:


  1. Hi Renee, fearless she IS! I love the gorgeous color and design background and then the face left b&w with just the eyes and mouth with color. A very striking page.

  2. Renee,
    Your page spread is fabulous! I love every part of it, the layers, the stencils , colors and the stamp! I especially love how you added the ribbon and flower for her choker! Just gorgeous!
    Congrats on your first Artistcellar post! Terrific!
    hugs, Jackie

  3. Wow, this is fabulous. Love the color and feel

  4. Renee, Fabulous layout love the background technique. Thank you for the great inspiration and the how to.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  5. Gorgeous Renee! Where can I find the Missy stamp?! Or did I miss Missy's info?! I love her choker-clever, as always!

  6. This is truly a remarkable journal spread, Renee, with lots of technique! Great use of your new stencil to create texture in the background. It is ever present, but, amazingly, remains in the background. I also love your facial image...so beautiful with the blue eye and pink lips. Also love your black lines "connecting" both pages. Cleverly, beautifully, amazingly done!

  7. Congrats again! These stencils are wonderful...love your pages! Gorgeous!

  8. I'm with Anita. These are gorgeous pages. Your being on this team may be a problem for my wallet!