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Art Journal Page: Magnolia Lady

Hi everyone, today I’m on The Crafter’s Workshop blog with for me a little bit of a different kind of an art journal page. Lately I’m very interested in watercolour products and that is why I decided to test some Ecoline “Liquid Water Colours“ and on today’s project I combine them with a gorgeous The Crafter’s Workshop stencil.


The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.


Step 1:

I wanted to show of the awesome magnolia design from a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Magnolia Blossoms“ (TCW815) and I thought they would look fabulous on top of a woman’s head. So, first I designed/draw the woman’s head, this I did on a separate piece of paper. Then I transferred the woman to a piece of watercolour paper (I used Schut Terschelling Smooth) using carbon paper, that is why the face is blue in the first pictures. This page is A4 sized.

Then I added the magnolia design with the stencil and a pencil, piecing bits and pieces of the stencil design, here and there together, adding in some extra leaves from the stencil to fill up the area’s that felt a bit empty. I also used some designs from the reversed site of the stencil if that worked better for my project. After tracing the stencil lines I connected the lines of the separated parts of the leafs that looked like they should be connected to each other to become one leaf (the leafs that curve and where you see both front and part of the back side).

I wanted to create a bit of a stylized effect, not going for a natural / realistic look!

Step 2:

Then I went over all the lines with a black Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen (s) and when dry erased the pencil lines. This Artist Pen is waterproof once dry.

Step 3:

Now I’m ready to colour the image with some Ecoline “Liquid Water Colours“ and my Pentel waterbrush. These water colours don’t contain real pigments but are dye based and very very very concentrated (you only need a little and even then you have to thin it down with water). In the States these water colours would be comparable to Dr. Ph. Martin Hydrus Watercolors I think (but these are completely transparent and liquid like water). I used the following Ecoline watercolours to colour the image (mixing colours until I had the colour that I was looking for): 390, 337, 374, 407, 202, 506 and 548.

Before I coloured the hair part I also added in the title with a graphite pencil and I went over the lines with the same black pen that I used before.

When I was done with the colouring I added in some white highlights using a white Gelly Roll Pen.

Some detail pictures:

I had a blast while creating this project: so many new aspects for me (I have no experience in drawing faces but I enjoyed the process, and the colouring part was so much fun!!), but the best part is this fun way of adding a stencil design to a drawing to spice things up!

And that’s it for today’s fun stencilled colouring project. I wish you a creative day!

We would love to see what you create with The Crafters Workshop Stencils and Mediums. You can share it with us on our Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest using hashtag #tcwstencillove.

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