If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks!
Art journals and stencils go together like macaroni and cheese. I get a lot of questions about using stencils, but also about making your own. In particular, people often want to learn how to make their own plastic stencils. Well, there are lots and lots of different ways to do it. My current favorite method is to use quilter's template plastic and a craft knife. It's quick and easy.
STEP ONE: Use a permanent marker to draw your design directly onto the plastic.
STEP THREE: Play with your stencil!
...don't worry about it! It's easily fixed by applying some Glossy Accents to both sides of the cut.
If you don't feel comfortable drawing a design freehand, you can always trace one instead.
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