As many of you know I use stencils in creating the layered backgrounds for my art work. I also use them quite a bit in my art journals and when I am teaching.
While I make a lot of stencils on my own, StencilGirl is one of those sources for wonderful pre-made stencils that I just love! I am a member of their stencil club, which means I get a new pack of stencils from them every month. For January and February this year, I am a member of their StencilClub Voices team, which means I received the stencils early and got to play around with them and make sample projects before any one else. So exciting to get that sneak peak!
January’s set was ‘Under Lock and Key’, designed by June Pfaff Daley.
My first project was a page for my art journal. I have always loved keys and the idea of locking secrets away safely or finding the key that unlock some great treasure. For the journal page, I chose to go with this theme, and thought the treasure we need most right now is joy and happiness and keeping a bright attitude.
They key tags were inspired by old fashioned hotel room keys with the big tassels that seem to suggest they are more important than just a simple key, so a bit of bling and sparkle was needed for these.
I’ll be posting my projects for February soon, Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter below if you don’t want to miss it!
This year I have joined Life Book, which is an online art journaling course and community run by Tamara Laporte. If you have any interest in art journaling, I highly recommend it! Tamara has a great energy about her and mixes in self exploration with the art making process.
Here is the first page of my book, from the first warm up lesson in the course.
mixed media art journal page
Are you doing anything new this year? Any online classes you’d like to recommend?
This year I am taking a monthly themed approach to my favorite posts. January is all about art or artists.
To start things off, here is a great site/workshop I found when poking around on other zentangler’s blogs.
Journal 52 is an online art journal workshop being offered by Chelle Stein. In the Journal 52 blog she provides a new prompt every week, as well as examples of her own page that week. Not just her finished page, but her thought process, the techniques she is using, ideas for materials. All around great stuff!
I am joining and plan to use this as a weekly project for me and my daughter, either with a joint journal or with each of us doing our own. I’ll be sure to share with you along the way.