The Things You Want to Learn: part 2
Art Journal Every Day: The Sketchbook Project

Stencil Hop: Wood Parquet

Don't you love stencil hop days?  I know that I do!  I'm a bit sad to think that we only have four more hops after this.  I can't even tell you how difficult it was to choose which designs to feature.  For the Spring Hop we only had eleven spots, but twenty-one stencil designs!  If you're ever wanting to know which of The Crafter's Workshop stencils I designed, you can see all the Balzer Designs stencils here (there are thirty-nine designs so far, with more to come this Summer!  Yay!)

Enough blathering, let's get to this week's amazing lineup of guests:

And what stencil did these ladies get to play with?  I call it Wood Parquet...

LOGO...and you can probably guess why.  The Crafter's Workshop does have a regular woodgrain stencil, which is awesome, but I wanted something more delicate.  This stencil has a lacey quality that I really like.  

It works as a strong design element.  I used the 6x6 version to decorate this altered book spread:

It also works when you use it more subtley to add a bit of tone-on-tone texture and atmsophere.  I used the 6x6 version to create the soft background for this outdoorsy layout:

Remember, you don't have to use the full stencil image.  You are the boss of your stencils.

You can see that I let the stenciled image sort of fade into the kraft background.  I really like the look.

For this next layout I went for texture:

You can really see the dimension of the gesso in these detail photos:

And the precision!  I used the 12x12 version of the stencil with super heavy gesso and the 6x6 version of the stencil with Distress Ink.

Watch the video for the how-to:

Watch it on Vimeo.  Watch it on YouTube.

Finally, this stencil makes a great background for a card.

I applied Versamark Ink through the Wood Parquet stencil and embossed the design with embossing powder.

If you'd like to win the Wood Parquet stencil in 6x6 and 12x12, leave an answer to the following question in the comments section of this blog:

Which of the ladies in today's hop has a style closest to your own?

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Now get hopping:

Thanks for stopping by!