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Guest Post: Stencil Blackout with Melita

Happy Tuesday! I wanted to share a link with you today. One of my online students, Zoe Ford, wrote a wonderful blog post about her experience so far in my online Junque Journal class. Her tweet just about sums up her thoughts on the class...

...and I hope you'll check out her post, which is full of colorful photos!

Now onto our guest poster!  Melita is sharing one of my most beloved and most used techniques.  Definitely one of the ones I use in my art journal all the time.  I hope you enjoy it!GuestPost copy

Hi there! 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 Julie’s stencils so I can’t wait to share one of my favourite techniques for using them – what I call the blackout method.

Have you ever created a background you love, but then been stuck on what to do next? Or maybe you’ve messed something up and are looking for a way to save it. This fun little trick is the perfect solution.

Choose, or create a fun, and full, background. Mine was made using Liquitex Acrylic Inks, and then lots of messy journaling on top.

Next, choose a stencil with a bold, open design, such as Julie’s Blazonry, in 12x12. I have tried more intricate designs, and failed miserably. But if you can make it work, go for it! And please tell me how lol Trace through your chosen stencil, being sure to choose a pen that you can see against your background.

Fill in the negative areas of the stencilled design, with your choice of colour. I went with black gesso to be sure I got good coverage over such a bright background. Lighter colours, white gesso, or a combo, can give a great result too.

To break up the black a little, I added some gesso spots using Julie’s Tiny Circles stencil, in 6x6. I love that it adds a bit of extra interest, another layer of painty goodness. You can even add in more journaling, or a quote ate this stage. Whatever your heart desires!

Take a pen and outline your stencilled shapes, using a contrasting colour. I used a Sakura Gelly Roll – it’s quite opaque, and one of my favourite pens. This step adds more definition, and helps the design pop back through again.

And there you have it. A bold background transformed into a funky journal page. Super easy & fun!

Thanks for letting me share one of my favourite techniques Julie – I hope you all have fun trying it out!



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, love my movies, and can’t resist a good tune! 

I have always been a crafty person – scrapbooking, art journaling and much more, but these days I am primarily a mixed media artist, working with just about any medium I can get my hands on.  I am on an ever changing artful adventure, stumbling along, finding my feet, and loving every minute of it.

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