Friday 5 August 2016

Stencil it! - A Vintage Journey- August 2016 Challenge

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Its so lovely to see you all again. Hope you are all doing good and keeping on the happy side.
Today we launch our new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey and its my pleasure to be hosting.  
This time the theme is
'Stencil it!'
There are so many fantastic stencils available to us right now and so many ways in which to use them. We would like you to include stenciling in whatever it is you choose to create for this challenge. Don't forget inks, spray. paints,texture/embossing pastes are all stencil 'friendly'. So be sure to have fun and embrace your stencils in your vintage, shabby, mixed media,art journalling, industrial or steampunk projects 

A random winner will receive our sponsor prize ,a £20 voucher to spend at Country View Crafts and 3 pinworthy winners will be chosen by our Creative guides .

So for my 'Stencil It' project I chose to reacquainted myself with my much neglected art journal and create a journo spread that has both striking imagery and a meaningful message about 'self doubt'  using several stencils with various mediums- paints, inks, texture paste and gilding wax.
Be prepared to scroll as it is rather a long post but if you're all set lets get started. 
With an initial idea in mind - I wanted two silhouette faces looking at each other- the risk of any 'blank page' syndrome was thankfully reduced. 
 I created the face silhouettes using the following products (yes I know I'm a bit of a 'clean freak' with my stencils, all my craft goodies to be honest)
I also applied Broken China distress ink with a blending tool to add some colour to the space between the two facial images.
  I applied transparent texture paste through Tim Holtz flourish layering stencil over the face silhouettes.
(Apologies for the difference in colour tone of the Broken China. I must have taken these photos in a different light/ time of day.  I can assure you though they are the same pages not as they say 'Ones I made earlier'! The texture paste is a lot glossier too than the lens has picked up)
I worked on the space between the reflecting images using a few Tim Holtz layering stencils with distress inks.(oops seems I omitted to include Tims bubbles stencil in the photo- sorry)
and some of Tim Holtz stamps with archival ink aswell as one other stamp from my stash
I began with some Monoprint stenciling. Some Tim Holtz spritz and flick technique too
then some darker stenciling and stamping. The gloss of the transparent paste can be seen better here. 
Tims new Numeric stencil give the pages some number symmetry
I used silver gilding wax to give the flourish stenciling an aged metallic appearance. Again it proved tricky to get the photos to show the full effect ,but believe me it really does look impressive!
and the quote (Thanks Tim) that resonates so deeply for me says exactly what I am trying to convey through these pages!
 And once again in full my 'Stencil it' journal spread.
   I hope I have offered some inspiration with my pages and if you haven't already be sure to pop by
 A Vintage Journey  to view some of my fellow Creative Guides inspiring projects. 
We hope you will be able to join in with this challenge as we
 are looking forward to seeing all the stencil friendly projects you create.

I would like to enter this into the following challenge 
Craft Stamper - TIMI August Challenge- Take a Technique: Stencils and Masks 

Thank you all for stopping by today and for enduring the long post.
As always your follows, visits and comments are much appreciated and extremely valued.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Take care



  1. Lovely Amanda. I really like the scroll stencil work inside the silhouettes, very effective, it works so well. Love the touch of blue against the faces too, lovely contrast. Fabulous text . Love this piece . Tracy x

  2. Wow! this is wonderful Amanda! Your silhouette faces look like they are really stenciled in silver - and what a great contrast the light blue is between them - love the stamps and stencils you used - great challenge for AVJ this month! Julia

  3. I so love this quote and this page is oozing with feeling and encouragement! The wax/metallic look to the texture paste is out of this world cool! Oh my!!! Love, love, love!

  4. Oh my goodness Amanda! You've only gone and done it again! Absolutely STUNNING work with your stencils and pastes. Now that's how to use a stencil! Awesome hosting this month too xx

  5. Wow Amanda your use of the stencils here is fantastic, love the dramatic outcome with the faces and beautiful blue background. Thanks for creating a brilliant challenge post too over on the AVJ blog, you are a star xxx

  6. Inspiration? Wow, I want to get my stencils out and do something right now! This is a fantastic journal page Amanda, the facing faces look amazing, I love the way the flourish stencil looks on the faces. The blue in the middle has a lovely cool, fresh feel and again, your stencilling looks wonderful. Fantastic work! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Amazing pages, Amanda - stunning work with the stencils... so many ideas and techniques. The metallic flourish silhouettes look simply fabulous - what an amazing effect. Beautiful work for a fantastic theme!
    Alison x

  8. This is sensational! So striking, so immaculate - a wonderful, inspiring piece xx

  9. Totally brilliant Amanda, wow, those silhouette faces are super clever and the use of the stencils is superb, love the wonderful layering. The effect of the metallic with the blue is stunning too, just a brilliant spread, - love iit!!

  10. What a brilliant challenge you set us all Amanda. Love your fab use of the stencils with dramatic results and a touch of elegance, clever !
    Julie X

  11. Holy Schmoly, Amanda! What inspiring journal pages you have created using all those stencils! I had to stand on my head and cross my eyes to "get" what you did with the transparent paste. In the photo it looks like the reverse of the flourish stencil openings received the paste (like you had done a monoprint), but in the later photos it becomes apparent you didn't pull a fast one on me! Such a fool the eye effect, and I was so impressed with it! But with the addition of the silver gilding wax, I'm that much more impressed! Love the stenciled background, and your words are ones that I should take heed to! Lovely work, my crafty friend! Hugs!

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  13. Ooo my eyes almost popped out!
    This is a stunner Amanda, love it!
    Big hugs from Poppy and me xxx

  14. Amanda, your pages are truly AMAZING!! I love every bit of it.
    So, so creative. Hugs, S@ndy

  15. Love your journal spread, Amanda, just amazing! The stenciled faces are brilliant and the rest of the pages too!
    I hope to find time to join the challenge =)

  16. This is fantastic! I really liked how you described everything you did, for someone just starting out in the wide world of stencils - like myself - this is invaluable!
    The quote does resonate with me, too. But you made it your own.

  17. This is amazing Amanda. So striking, and the quote is perfect! xx

  18. masterpiece! you know that I love so much this project, I think it's absolutely brilliant! fab! barbara

  19. WOW! What fabulous journal pages .... so striking. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  20. Striking composition and fabulous effect!

  21. Awesome - What a fab textured and positive journal spread LOVE IT xx

  22. OH my soul Amanda this is brilliant. i love it.. simply, not simply, deep and thought provoking.
    makes me want to play

  23. Wow. If you have self doubts about your art, you must stop them! This is stunning! So many wonderful details to this piece.

    Once again, WOW!


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