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Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal

I shared a few sneak peaks of this last week on Instagram and Facebook, and I finally got all of the photos taken and edited so I can share the entire book.

So here you go... my latest cardboard art journal - this one is almost entirely stenciled. Just a warning... tons of pictures in this post! I'll share the pictures and a few close-ups as well as links to the stencils. I didn't think to take pictures from the very beginning of the project, unfortunately. But I took 7 pieces of cardboard, picked out 12-13 stencils, and grabbed several cans of spray paint (I used Liquitex Professional and Montana Black.) I sprayed the front and back of each of the big pieces that made the pages and then the front of the small piece that's on the cover. Then I just started layering and decorating and writing as I went and bound all of the finished pages together in the end. (Different from my previous books where I bound first, gessoed, and then decorated.)

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal Cover - Gwen LafleurBackground is the Squares & Circles stencil by Jessica Sporn, and on the smaller piece I used Zen Landscape by Jamie Fingal. The lightbulb is a foam stamp I made from the April Stencil Club set designed by Carolyn Dube (alphabet in the background is also from that set) and then "Enter" is from Seth Apter's Inside Out stencil.
Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal Pgs 1-2 - Gwen Lafleur
The background on the left is Circle on Circle by Mary Beth Shaw, and on the right is Celestial Grove from Kae Pea.

On the left I layered the Union stencil from Carolyn Dube as well as Seeds by Maria McGuire. I drew the leaves (a little carry-over from my classes with Dina Wakley :D).

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P2 close-up - Gwen LafleurOn the right I added an image from the large May club stencil by Terri Stegmiller. It seemed like those two stencils were just meant to be together!

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal Pgs 3-4 - Gwen LafleurBackground on the left is the Feathers & Lattice stencil by Daniella Wolff and on the right is Marrakech Mix by Michelle Ward.

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P3 close-up - Gwen LafleurThe left hand page I wasn't sure was going to turn out, but in the end I love it! And I like that I'm embracing purple again after years of shunning it a bit. I used the Layered Peonies stencil by Jessica Sporn for this one. And lots of Liquid Pearls, because it's me. lol.
Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P3 close-up - Gwen LafleurFor this one, I used the Five Hamsas stencil, also by Jessica Sporn, to get the texture on top of the background shapes. For the window, I used the Inside Out stencil from Seth Apter (which I stenciled on the back of the window, so it was kind of inside out!)

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal Pgs 5-6 - Gwen LafleurBackground on the left is the Twinship stencil from Cecilia Swatton and on the right is Buildings by Carolyn Dube.

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P5 close-up - Gwen LafleurOn the left, I just doodled around the window... nothing too crazy here!

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P6 close-up - Gwen LafleurThe right side was the 6x6 from the May Stencil Club set.

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal Pgs 7-8 - Gwen LafleurThis was a fun pair of pages! Background on the left is Circle on Circle by Mary Beth Shaw and on the right is the Unfinished stencil by Seth Apter.
Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P7 close-up - Gwen LafleurOn this side, I added the 6x6 peacock stencil from Jessica Sporn's January Stencil Club set and then on top of that was Quatrefoil Mix by Michelle Ward.
Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P7 close-up - Gwen LafleurThe right side was another where I mostly wanted the background to show through, but I did use the 4x4 stencil from the April 2013 Stencil Club set to get some lines on there as texture.
Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal Pgs 9-10 - Gwen Lafleur
Background on the left is Crop Circles and on the right is the Gears stencil, both by Mary Beth Shaw.

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P9 close-up - Gwen LafleurOn the left, I didn't want to cover up the design, so I just used Liquid Pearls. We had been looking at Van Gogh in my art class this week, so I was a bit inspired by his brush strokes on this one.

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal P10 close-up - Gwen LafleurOn the right, the yellow in the background is the X & O stencil by Andrew Borloz. The circles are the Journal Texture #1 stencil by Pam Carriker and then the butterfly is from the May Stencil Club kit by Terri Stegmiller.

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal back cover - Gwen LafleurAnd the back cover... background is Tribal Leaves by Kae Pea.

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal back cover closeup - Gwen LafleurLayered on top were the Latitude & Longitude Large by Mary C. Nasser, a foam stamp I made from the Hunab Ku stencil by Mary Beth Shaw, and the Timeless stencil by Seth Apter.

Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal Overview - Gwen LafleurWhew!!! That's it... LOTS of stenciling here, which I absolutely loved. It gave it a different look from my previous cardboard art journals and I had a lot of fun layering and playing with my stencils along with different techniques and mediums.

So... it would have been nuts to put techniques on here for every page, so if you have a question about how anything was done, just leave me a comment. I'll collect them from here and Facebook and they may turn into future blog posts!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and a Happy Father's Day!

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