Monday, June 11, 2018

Stenciling in Art Journals

For me, one of the most rewarding avenues for utilizing stencils is within the pages of my art journals.
Stencils add a dynamic feature to the background of journal spreads, and with a minimum of effort produce maximum results.

Belonging to art journaling groups on Facebook have kept me active in my journals even when life tries to intervene.
Weekly journal prompts help to inspire artwork when, perhaps, your muse takes a hiatus.

The next time you face a blank journal page, swirl a bit of paint to the background and then choose your favorite stencils. Using inks, paints or mediums (such as molding pastes or gesso) you'll transform your background in a manner of minutes and the inspiration will follow.

Your stencils will soon be your best friends on your art journal journey!

Stencils used from The Crafter's Workshop:

Tile Mania

Mini Burst


© Nancy Lefko

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Somerset Apprentice ~ Spring 2018 ~ GIVEAWAY

CONGRATULATIONS Salvage Chica! You'll be receiving your free copy of Somerset Apprentice directly from Stampington, Inc.


It is always with great joy and sincere appreciation when I find myself fortunate enough to have an article in a Stampington, Inc. publication. Presently on the newsstands you'll find the Spring 2018 issue of Somerset Apprentice. I share the magazine pages with many, many talented artists.

Among those artists is the ever-inspiring Cat Kerr whose artwork never ceases to generate a smile. Much like the artist herself, the artwork is bright, joyful and did I say inspiring?

The beauty of this and every issue of Somerset Apprentice is the way in which each featured article takes you step by step through the creative process. Whether it's encaustic, assemblage or collage, the articles are conducive to recreating the technique in your own way, in your own style.

I hope that in my feature you can be inspired to use corrugated cardboard in a creative way, to dabble in using clear modeling paste with your stencils and use acrylic paints to give a piece an aged or faux-verdigris appearance.

It would be a joy to give a copy of this magazine to one of my readers. If you'd like to, please leave a comment with an email address, and I'll choose one lucky person to receive the Spring 2018 issue of Somerset Apprentice. Contest is open to U.S. residents only.
Contest closes on March 18, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT.

Thanks for visiting and good luck.

© Nancy Lefko
© Stampington, Inc.