I thought i would share with you another fun way to add dimension and variety to your art journal pages by creating a stencil!
Find the image that you like on google image search (i used the words “leaping frog”), save it and bring into photoshop (or any photo editing program) and adjust the size. Print it out in grayscale.
Place a piece of graphite or carbon paper underneath your image and on top of your piece of cardstock and begin tracing over the design.
You now have a lovely image transfered onto cardstock
With an exacto knife carefully begin cutting out your design. I say carefully because some little bunny got bored and sliced off part of the design. But don’t worry – all was not lost since a piece of scotch tape saved the day!
Voila!!!!!! Hooray! You now have a positive and negative frog image! Now don’t be too quick to throw either piece out – you’ll be wanting to save both so you can create some fun mixed media and art journaling pages.
As many of you know i’m crazy about crows (they are my totem) so i created a crow stencil. You can find this stencil in my book Journal Bliss. What i did here was use both the positive and negative image….in crow number one i used the cut out crow, carefully taped him onto my page and with a sponge brush applied paint by pulling it away from the crow stencil. In crow number 2 i placed the image of the page with the negative cutout and then applied paint on the inside by pouncing a paper towel soaked with paint (you can use a sponge too).
The Five Days of Frogs
Starting on Monday i’m challenging myself to create a page a day using the frog stencil – both positive and negative images in a variety of ways. I’m going to call it “The Five days of Frogs”. You are welcome to play along with me using any stencil you desire – you can post links to your images in the comments section so we can check them out.
How i came up with the frog stencil idea
Now some of you out in blogland might be interested to know where i got the idea to create a frog stencil…..i’m glad you wondered because i’m always wondering “Gee……i wonder where they came up with that idea? What is the genesis of the piece of art?” So yesterday i’m walking at my local park and for the past several weeks i’ve been checking to see if the frogs have emerged from their murky hibernation in the mud. No frogs……how disappointing. But yesterday as i approached the pond a frog made a squeaking noise and jumped into the pond! I was so delighted…….and then another frog jumped and another. So i thought to myself “Hey, i should create a leaping frog stencil and create some journal pages with it. It’s a wy of honouring the frogs that i love so much!” So that’s how it all came to be!
Contest – still have time to enter!
You still have until monday to enter the contest for a book and online class. Make sure you HOP on over to Wendy’s Craft Dinner to post your comment and here too! While you are over at Craft Dinner please check out the interview that Wendy has posted! Thank you Wendy for taking the time to interview. I have really enjoyed getting to know you better the past couple of weeks! It’s so neat to meet another kindred spirit.
Happy Weekend everyone! Have fun with your loved ones.
Love, Violette xo