May 17, 2018

Choose Joy

After playing with numerous stencils to create this journal page, it became apparent that I must get them better organized. I've ordered some clear vinyl sleeves and plan to place them all in a 3-ring binder.

This way, I'll know what I've got and use them more often as they really are a "joy" to work with.

Stencil It is this week's theme at Simon's Monday Challenge Blog and except for the red stamped script, washi tape and minor line work, everything you see on the page was made with a stencil (some store-bought, some hand made).

After applying the stencils, I gave the page a light coat of gesso then began to bring out the lines in the large lotus flower with a Pitt pen.

The next view shows additional line work and the beginning of value adjustments to put back some color. The nice thing about stencils is you can line them up with the original printing to finesse them as needed.

I added additional stencils of tiny leaves and the large text, some washi tape and a bit more line work to balance out the page.

Here are some close-ups you might enjoy--the last one shows how I used a stencil to mask the original printing and went over it with a text stamp.


  1. Great page it's very elegant and I love all the stencils you've used and how you've played with them. Hugs.

  2. This is a work of art! I can imagine the time you spent on it, it might have been so relaxing! I have to remind to use stamps over stencils much more, the effect is amazing! As soon as I saw your photo I said to my self "i need to know how she did that" -- I also love the stencil you choose and how it fits well with the sentiment. Love the lotus flower for so many reason, one of them, is that brings me joy and peace.
    Have a great day!
    Thank you for playing along with us over simon says stamp monday challenge, we all hope to see you again soon!
    x Zoey

  3. What a wonderful piece! It's unusual to see those colors in your art work but you are amazing in every style and choice!Love love love this soft piece, would be perfect in my yoga classroom! Barbara

  4. This is a lovely calming page, I agree with Barbara its very meditative. Love your work. Amanda