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Free Mini Workshop on Using Henna Stencils in Your Art Journal

I know . . . you are surprised to hear from me again so soon. In the last newsletter, I mentioned that I had some new products that I was making a free mini workshop about and that I'd let you know when it was ready. Well . . . it's ready & I'm letting you know! Basically, I'll put it all here in this newsletter. But if you want to see it online, it's right here. While you are there, you might want to check out my "30 Days of Carving" where I carved a stamp every day, and also did a sketch. I'm wanting to do another 30 days of some something creative to share on my blog, but haven't exactly decided what yet. So keep checking my blog if you are curious!

Also, I thought I was including a video for you in the last newsletter from my new book, The Art Journal Workshop. I just realized that it wasn't included because there is a special way I have to include videos in my newsletters, and I just learned about it. So here's that missing video!

henna stencils

I like to use henna stencils in my art journal and other art work, and always get questions from people on them. Since I just started selling them, I decided to make a mini workshop video of how to use them in your art journal to answer some of those questions. In the mini-workshop, the first part covers preparing the henna stencils and how to use them with acrylic paint. In the second part, using the Copic Air brush system is covered. I use it not only to airbrush with the stencils, but also to create shadows. I hope you enjoy it!

Here is the finished journal page.

journal page 02.23.11

When I collaged down the self-portrait on the left, it covered parts of the henna stencil border. I re-stenciled the area at the top of my head and on the side to integrate the photo into the journal spread. I used the same techniques as before, but only re-stenciled the areas that were covered by the photo. The other images that I collaged also covered the stenciled henna designs, but I felt they worked like that and helped the images to come forward. The alphabet stamps that I used to stamp "I need Spring" are Lerku. You might recognize some of the other stamps from my 30 Days of Carving. The self-portrait on the bottom right is a Polaroid pogo double exposure. I used lots of different pens, but mainly Sakura Glaze & Souffle. I used a white Uni-ball Signo UM153 pen to write on top of what I had already written. It turned a little pinkish in places because I had already created several layers of writing with different pens. (I often write back on top of what I have already written. Just cuz.)

These stencils, along with other art journaling & mixed-media supplies
are available at

These have been popular since I put them on my site & etsy shop, and I've got more to photograph & post yet. So if it looks like I'm low, check again later and I'll have more!

Art on!
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Bonkers Handmade Originals
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