May stencil challenge – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies and welcome to STAMPlorations May Stencil Challenge reveal. I have been really obsessed working in my art journal for these challenges and this month is no exception.

Here is what I created:

I also have a little step-by-step prepared for you:

I started by adding two light acrylic paint tones as my first layer to the page. Next I took the newsprint background bits #1 stickers (also by STAMPlorations) and added them in randomly cut bits on top.

After that I added some stamped images with black stamp ink using the Mixed Media Grunge stamp set.

As my third layer I first added some red paint with a palette knife, then placed a stencil (Dots n´Beans) on top of the wet paint and wiped with a baby wipe over the stencil. That way part of the paint got “lifted” and the yellow background can be seen on those areas. I repeated this step also with green paint and Trees 1 stencil as well as blue paint and Lupinus stencil.

As my last steps I stamped some flowers and leaves (using the Bloomdoodles stamp set) onto an old book page. After that I fussy cut them. Before adhering them on place I added white paint splatters onto the background and let it dry. When everything was dry I adhered the fussy cut elements on place and added a Good Things clear sticker onto the page. For finishing touches I also added some color to the fussy cut elements with Posca Pens. That´s it.

Now is your turn to play along – hop over to the STAMPlorations blog and take a look at the reveal post. I am pretty sure it will inspire you to play! And then, just be sure to play by the rules and HAVE FUN!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna


STAMPlorations stencil challenge reminder

Hello everyone and happy middle of January! Today it´s again time to share some stencil inspiration with you and remind you to play along with us at STAMPlorations stencil challenges!

Here is what I created for the reminder post:

I´ve used the Peacock Feathers (but only parts of it – can you tell?) and the Lupinus stencil on this page. And again, my stencil inspiration post is an art journal page and yes, again it is a face. This time a more happier one that the one from the reveal post. A totally different type of face..

I´ve played with acrylic paints on this page, added them in layers and created a face of my kind. I´m still practicing and trying to find the way to draw faces the way that is most “me”. Still searching and experimenting. But I like the process. I think this is not quite my way to go, as I like the more silly/abstract & crazy looking faces more. I´m not the realistic face type of person, I think. But I really enjoyed the process. Experimenting, adding shadows and lights, and then finally going crazy with stencil patterns on top and making the face more “me”. Without the stenciling I just found her too “neat”…

So this is my take. I hope you find time to play along with the stencil challenge at STAMPlorations in January. Remember, you can do anything, as long as you feature a stencil. Also remember to link back to the original reveal post on your blog when sharing your project and don´t forget to add the challenge image to your blog either. That´s it! Hoping you´ll join us and get those stencils out :).

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna