I’m so excited today to show you what I’ve been secretly working on! When Tina Walker First approached me about participating in the Stencil Girl & Resketch Collab of course I was instantly like YES! I’ve loved Stencil Girl stencils for quite some time and while I’d not heard of Resketch Journals yet, the prospect of getting to create in one excited me. The hardest part of the whole collab for me was choosing which journal size I wanted!
. In the end I chose the larger journal, the 7 X 9 inch spiral. The cool thing about the Resketch journals are the paper they use. From papers like : office paper (all sorts of colors), architectural plans and drawings, dot matrix printer paper, graph and lined paper, sheet music and maps just to name a few, all these papers would have just ended up in landfills had Resketch not snatched them up. I just love that! Reuse is what us mixed media artists are all about!
While I already had quite a few Stencil Girl Stencils, you know I had to go and get a few more just because, well hello, it was a new project! Stencil Girl is a family owned business with over 900 stencils created by a ton of amazingly talented artists! Check them out and make a wishlist, because I warn you- you WILL want them all. *Wink
The second choice I had to make was what color I would use. Each of us participating in the collaboration had to choose a color that we would use throughout the entire journal. We could use white and black as well but still, when you think about it, using one color, that’s kinda daunting! I decided on blue and once Tina said we could stay within the the color family I sighed relief. Blue is such a calming color. With all the chaos in my life right now, I felt that choosing this color would help guide me into my studio where I could fall into the relaxation of blue while creating my journal pages.
I wanted to decorate my covers first. Pulling in a few of my favorite Stencil Girl Stencils and some shades of blue I painted some canvas. I wanted to keep the Resketch logo uncovered so years from now I would remember this journal company and the adventure I was about to embark on.
I used my sewing machine to stitch some lovely stitched around the canvas and then glued the canvas to the cover using double sided tape. The stencils I used on the cover are:
Floral Mandala Lace (L646), Whimsical Waves (S321), Looped Bare Wisteria Vine (L555), Math Man (L641), Crackle Stencil (L169), Scribble Scratch Handwriting (L266), Modern Buds (S330), Deconstructed Double Zinnia Mask (S296)
I’d like to share with you a couple of my favorite pages inside so you can get an idea of the kinds of pages I was creating.
I loved making this page! While slightly time consuming, I think the effect was well worth it! To begin, I glued two of the resketch pages together. I think sprayed different shades of blue ink spray, even some shimmers too! I used the Looped Bare Wisteria Vine Mask (L555) stencil. Ever so carefully cut away the inside pieces of the stencil impression with an exacto blade. I crumpled up a sheet of deli paper and sprayed it with white and shimmer ink sprays and then once dried, I ironed it to give it more of a flat look. I glued it to the backside of the page using glue stick.
Isn’t that cool? I didn’t spray the backside but some of the inks seeped through and gave it this beautiful organic look. To finish the page I used some thread and an acetate butterfly I had hanging around.
For the second page, I brought in one of my favorite things to create- a face! I just love portrait work and was excited to try and add an abstract style face to this reketch page. The fun thing about this page was that it was an old dot matrix printer paper so It had the green and white bars across the page.
I used the Crackle Stencil (L169) and Rembrandt’s Words Small (S262) for the background. I created the face with charcoal and soft pastels and to finish off the page I dripped different shades of blue paint and a hint of toned grey which blended gorgeously.
I was very excited that the lines of the paper could still be seen through the artwork.
For my third page I got crazy with the Clustered Leaves Stencil (L433). I sprayed three different shades of blue ink through the stencil. I used the ‘mop up’ paper for my project as it gave me the stencil effect vs the masked effect.
I cut out all the leaves and then layered them onto the page. I glued old book pages to the background and also tiny pieces of it in between the leaves.
I only glued the end of each leaf which gave it this cool raised effect. While the fussy cutting was time consuming, I was happy with how the page turned out and would do it again in a heartbeat!
For my Fourth page I went dark! *Wink
This page was a fun one! I went back and forth between light and dark shades of blue and white gesso. I used the Scribble Scratch (L266) Stencil multiple times in different directions. I love how one stencil can give you such a cool effect just by changed the position of it on the page. My Focal was the Deconstructed Double Zinnia Mask (S296) topped with some rub ons. Simple yet effective.
And last but not least my Fifth favorite page.
I love trying to think outside the box when it comes to using stencils. For this page, I stenciled the Deconstructed Lily Mask & Stencil (S300) onto a canvas remnant using a few blended shades of blue. I hand-stitched with black thread over the flower and knotted a few little dots in the center. For the background I layered blue pastels with clear gesso, then other various shades of blue and a hint of copper. The Spring Bloom Collage Mask (L604) brought the floral background to life and I added the Modern Buds Mask (S330) in the bottom left corner. I glued my canvas flower onto some avocado dyed deli paper and finished the page off with my sentiment and some copper paint splats.
This page was one of the architecture plans and I really wanted that to show through as well.
This project was truly SO much fun. All the different pages that the Resketch journals have within them really got me thinking outside the box. While I will say for everyday use this journal rocks! For art journaling its pretty dang good as well, although gesso- whether it be clear, white or black- will definitely be a must to prep your pages as some of them are pretty thin, like the plain notebook paper pages. But I just glued two pages together every now and then to give myself that thicker page feel. Thank you so very much again Tina for dreaming up this amazing project!
Until next time–Mad loves and happy creating!