Monday, 5 October 2015

Where the HeArt is Challenge #2 – Use Some Stencils


Hi Everyone

I got up this morning and it was dark!!  Autumn really is upon us now but at least the colours are still looking good around the countryside.

Well yes, it’s that time already!  IT’s time to get your entries in for the Where the HeARt is challenge and this month it’s all about using some stencils and even better it’s n Anything Goes challenge….woo hooo! 

Our sponsors this month are the very talented Sassy Studio

Sassy Studio Designs
offering 4 digi images



offering 7 digi images

For my DT piece this month I chose to use some stencils and create a page in my Art Journal.  I made my journal from an old work diary from 2012.  This is the cover so I thought I had better start filling the pages with art!


I hope you like it.


04.10.15 Dbl Journal Page Flat - Use a Stencil Challenge Oct 15


What MJ Did

  • First I painted my double page with gesso and dried.
  • Using a glue gel medium I added some printed tissue paper that was sent as packaging (it was lovely so I couldn’t throw it away) tearing as I wanted.
  • Then I took a selection of stencils and some light paste to create texture on my page.
  • Next came the fun bit!  I started building up my colours using spray inks in greens and blues (my faves) dabbing with a baby wipe to soften colour and dried.
  • I roughly cut a half heart shape from a scrap of patterned paper and stuck to the page. 
  • Using a stencil and some white gesso I sponged through to add another layer of interest to the piece.  When dry I drew around details using a black permanent pen smudging whilst still wet.
  • I took word stamps, stamped onto patterned paper, cut out and stuck on to page.  Used black pen as before around the edges.
  • Finally I distressed the edges of both pages using black Archival ink.

What MJ Used

Maimeri White Gesso

Prima Art Basics Soft Gloss Gel

Finnabair Elementals Stencil – Bubbles

PaperArtsy Stencils – various

Finnabair Stamps – various

Colour Chemistry Inks – Oak House Studios

Black Archival Ink/Black Uniball Pen

    For all challenge details and rules please pop over to the Where the HeArt is Challenge blog : Challenge 2
    We hope you have been inspired.
    Popping By


  1. Stunning double page layout the cover too..gorgeous.

    luv CHRISSYxx

    1. Hi Chrissy - MJ here - thank you for your lovely comment. Do you enjoy Art Jounalling? X

  2. Beautiful work!! Love the colors..
    Moxie Craftie

  3. Thank you Berina. I love the Oak House Studio Colour Chemistry inks. The colour range is great. Love them for my canvas work too. Xx

  4. Fabulous pages Mandy, love the colours. Thank you :)

    Hugs Abbs xx

    1. Thanks Abbs - enjoyed getting x

  5. I love this! It is so pretty! I love all the texture and colors and designs. Gorgeous! Wish I knew how to get started with art journaling.