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Art Journal Every Day: Melita Loves Stencils

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Today we've got a guest post from Melita Bloomer.

Hi guys! My name is Melita Bloomer and I am super excited to be joining you all here today. I’ve been a long time fan of Art Journal Every Day, so when Julie invited me share some of my creations I couldn’t resist!

Anyone that knows me knows that I have a slight obsession with my art journal, and consequently my art supplies. Without a doubt, my favourite of those supplies would have to be stencils. The versatility and amazing range available really makes creating so fun and easy that I rarely work without them. I’ve got a couple of my favourite stencilled spreads to share with you today, so let’s take a look!

Melita Bloomer - Perfection Is Overrated PIC 1
This first spread is my current favourite. I started with a collage of messy under papers, and then used an alpha stencil to create a bit of interest, followed by a spritzed yellow sunburst. To top it off, I chose my favourite stencil to play with, Blazonry, by Miss Julie herself!. Using my finger, I smeared magenta acrylic paint within the stencil, and followed that with an oil pastel outline, smudging it just a little. The title here was also done with a stencil, a bargain find at my local dollar store.

Melita Bloomer Just Let Go PIC 2
I was smitten the second I saw Julie’s new face stencils and could not wait to play with them. I knew I wanted to stick with clean look of the face, but wanted to go all out with the background, so after collaging some book text, I dug into my stencil stash and let my imagination run wild! I’ve used a vintage doily and turquoise spray in, a chevron stencil with open acrylic, and a spotted stencil with flexible modelling paste. I topped it off with Julie’s Three Quarter face stencil and black acrylic, along with a little stamping and fun magenta drips.

Melita Bloomer - Be Bold PIC 3
My final page today is loud and proud. This is the result of a bundle of new stencils arriving in the mail, and the urge to use every single one of them. In total, there are five stencils used on this page! I added the stencilled designs, using acrylics and a cosmetic sponge. There was no real thought to this process, just random stencilling layered in with a little stamping. The silhouette was added last, using Sharpie paint pens, and my trusty Pilot Permaball.

As you can see, I absolutely love working with stencils in my journal, in a variety of ways, and I really hope that my pages have given you an idea or two on incorporating stencilling into your journal. Thanks for letting me play along Julie – it’s been a blast!


Melita BloomerMy name is Melita and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a WAHM of two gorgeous girls, and am happily married to my high school sweetheart. I am a total bookworm, completely addicted to all things craft, love my movies, and can’t resist a good tune!

I have always been a crafty person – scrapbooking, art journalling and many more, but these days I am primarily a mixed media artist, working with just about any medium I can get my hands on. I love sharing my creations and processes and Artful Fancies, my little corner of the web, is a great platform to do so.  I am loving this creative outlet, and the online art community has given me a chance to ‘meet’ so many new friends – I wouldn’t change a thing!

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