Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Organics matter most!

An Art Journal page for you today, measuring 18x22 centimeters, showcasing the gorgeous Organic Matter stencil!

I've made a photo-tutorial - showing the steps, but also the 'trial-error' I had to go through in the end, the page not being in balance..


Adhere some pre-colored cheesecloth to your page (I used a glue spray on the back of the cloth). 
Do some random stamping with a background stamp (Magenta Stamps).
Add a layer of gesso. 

(Note - I started scanning the first steps, that's why the colors are so bright., changed to photographing later steps... much better!)
Add some structure paste through the Organic Matter stencil, leave to dry. 
Add another layer of gesso to make the structure paste non-absorbent. Also add some scrapes of gesso with an old credit card, especially over parts of the cheesecloth to add interest. 
When dry, spray the page with some pearly spray inks. Leave to dry. 

Fussy cut some images from a napkin, adhere it to the page with decoupage glue.
Also add some stamping by stamping onto some tissue paper, and adding torn parts of it to the background. Add a layer of decoupage glue over top to make it non absorbent. 

Now the fun part started - adding highlights to the image and the outer lines of the Organic Matter stencil with a white acrylic marker (Molotow), and add some extra color to it with a brush and pearly spray from a previous step.
At this stage I saw that I did not like the page, being out of balance, and the form of the cheesecloth being too eye-catching.

A close -up of the page so far.. 
.... look at the gloss from the pearl spray, and the contrast with the baubles of the Organic Matter stencil, the structure of the cheesecloth peeping through. 

Never give up - 
so, add some more structure paste with the Organic Matter stencil to get some balance..
....and follow the steps to get the same effect on these baubles as well. 


Some close-ups
I really LOVE seeing the effect the Organic Matter stencil has on the overall page. 
Without it, the page would not have this much interest !!

GLIMMER and glam!

Hope you've enjoyed the process! 

Go grab your TCW stencils - they're so much fun!

I am entering this in the challenge on 
1. Art of the 5th - May 23rd - cheesecloth
2. Country view challenges - add some texture


for my dutch readers: 
Scrapbookzolder heeft de TCW stencils 
óf op voorraad óf kan het voor je bestellen! 

TCW564 Organic Matter Stencil 6x6 
(also available in 12x12)

There's also the reverse of this stencil:
TCW565 Organic Matter Mask 6x6
(also available in 12x12)

This was a post from me as a 
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member
There's also a Facebook page from TCW! 


  1. Je mixed media project is prachtig Ellie, bedankt voor de stap voor stap uitleg zo kunnen we ook weer aan de slag!!


  2. Oooh, geweldig ! Zo'n mooie pagina, met zoveel interessante details ! Bedankt voor de uitleg, dat ga ik toch ook eens proberen. Groetjes, Enny

  3. This is one amazing page! So full of depth and beautiful color!


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