Stencil It !

And so we start another month! and of course it is a new challenge at A Vintage Journey.

The wonderfully creative Astrid is our host this month and she has chosen to challenge us to


Create a project using at least one stencil, in a style that fits our challenge focus - vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk. There are so many possibilities to be create with stencils on your cards, journals, layouts, ATCs or 3D projects. Stencils offer endless possibilities, so be creative and have fun!

This should be a challenge that appeals to most of you so I hope you will be able to find time to join us. Hop on over to the blogpost on A Vintage Journey for more details of the challenge and of course some fabulous projects from my fellow Creative Guides.

I decided I wanted to make a canvas panel but which had a Mediterannean Stucco Wall feel about it but using different stencils to create the texture. Hmmmmm ..... well that idea didn't quite materialise as you will see! (It has been a week of embracing imperfection ..... in my craft, spinning and knitting!)

This is quite a large canvas at 8" x 10" but I thought it would give me a chance to use lots of different stencils. As you can see I stuck some music paper and Tim Holtz Botanical Tissue Paper on the canvas first before giving everything a coat of gesso. Then I started adding texture with my stencils.

More texture was added using some block and dot stencils and then I sprayed withVintage Photo Distress Ink Spray and a Cinnamon coloured 13Arts spray. I really quite liked this look but it didn't look good with the embellishments I was proposing.

So everything got another coat of gesso ......... which meant I lost all the layers underneath, although you can just about see them in places.

Finally I added some stamping in brown Archival Ink, sometimes stamping off to get a softer impression and adding one or two at "full strength".

I wanted to be able to use this beautiful text embellishment which I have had for years but didn't have a big enough project for. I have painted the text with 13Arts Vivid Vintage Paint which had dried up a bit in the pot but which did give a nice rusty earthy finish.

I feel it sits well with the lighter colours behind and am pleased that I did gesso everything out!

I wanted a small light cluster around the clock stencil at the bottom of the canvas and again have had this very fragile wooden cut out for ages waiting for the right project to use it as again it is quite large.

I am actually very pleased with the final look and it goes well in the room I was intending it for. Just goes to show that not all things go to plan and it is important to "find beauty in all things"!

As always thank you for joining me today and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x


Brenda Brown said…
I think this is a gorgeous canvas Jennie, the gesso blocking worked really well and your final embellishments look fabulous with your neutral textured background xxx
Redanne said…
I would most definitely be pleased if a canvas turned out as beautifully as this Jennie, I love the subtle stencilling in the background and that sentiment is fabulous!! Hugs, Anne xx
Julia Aston said…
I love the textured stenciling on your canvas Jennie - the text and clock face add great interest. The large size is perfect for your wonderful wooden pieces and your flowers look beautiful around them! we always have to be ready to change our idea about design as we add media to our projects! I'm sure this looks quite attractive on your wall!! Julia xx
Astrid Maclean said…
Such a stunning canvas Jennie, your neutral colours work really well now with the embellishments (great stencilling and stamping too)! Your handmade roses are always so stunning!! Next time you are in E'burgh, can we please have a flower making session? I follow your tutorials but they never look as stunning as yours...
Annie said…
Loving all the textured details you have incorporated Jennie and the sentiment, soft colours and fab florals are so beautifully feminine...Stunning

TFS and huge hugs Annie x
A Pink said…
As always your natural talent to use neutral tones and texture so considerately and so beautifully makes for an absolutely gorgeous canvas , Jennie . Love it .
Have a lovely weekend
Hugs x
How lovely! Your textured stucco wall is beautiful, and those rusty words look amazing against it.
Alison x
Nikki Acton said…
Well it may not have gone exactly to plan but the end result is wonderful! The stencilled textured background makes a fabulous base for your beautifully arranged embellishments. Nikki x
sarascloset said…
Well done and well said! I love this romantic canvas with the subtle textures peeking from behind that gorgeous flower cluster and the rusty words. 8 x 10 is a lot of real estate to cover, and I would find this quite intimidating. Sending hugs and apologies for my late arrival! Life calls!
Beautiful canvas! I love delicate look and feel and all the pretty texture that you created in the background with the stencils 😁. Wishing you a happy and creative month! J 😊