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Art Journal Page: Sunrise

Hi everyone, today I’m on The Crafter’s Workshop blog with a fun art journal page using the newest range of The Crafter’s Workshop stencils in combination with acrylic paints.

This page was created in a 13 x 21 cm Art Plus Moleskine Sketchbook (I keep an empty page between two used pages, when the project is finished I glue them together, this way anything bleeding through won’t damage a previous project and when you want to poke a hole in the page you can).


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


Step 1:

To get my base colour down I applied some Dylusions Paint in “Vanilla Custard” over both pages using a foam applicator tool. You don’t need to gesso your page first and you only need a little of this paint.

Next I decided where my horizon line should go and then draw in the sun plus the sun rays using a new The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Sunburst” (TCW5018) using a graphite pencil, just trace the lines the stencil gives you. Below the horizon line I only used a few lines of the ones available in this stencil.

Then I used the clouds in the new The Crafter’s Workshop “Hallelujah” (TCW844s) stencil that I also traced with a graphite pencil. I adjusted a few of the lines going through the clouds so they would match the sun rays (erase and fill in again with the pencil and a ruler). I also extended the sun rays over the clouds using a ruler.

Step 2:

Next I pencilled in the quote that I wanted to use, using my pencil again, and then extended the sun rays and the horizon line over the right hand page. Now the base of our page is ready to work on in the next step.

Step 3:

I went over the lines of the quote using a Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen (s) to darken them and let that dry.

In the meantime I looked online for pictures of sunrises and decided to first paint in the sun rays using The Crafter’s Workshop “Spun Sugar” acrylic paint and a small brush. When the paint is too thick you can thin it down a little with water.

Next I painted the clouds and the bottom part of my page using the same white paint as before, mixed with The Crafter’s Workshop “Black Licorice” acrylic paint and Deco Art Americana paint in “Neutral Grey” and the same small brush.

Step 4:

To create a feel of dimension I decided to add some bushes in the front. For this I used the top part of a new The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Wisteria” (TCW845s). I added different colours of paint in different layers, using a foam applicator tool, and drying in between layers with my heat tool. I used the following colours of Deco Art Americana paint: “Marigold”, “Hauser Light Green” and “Hauser Dark Green”.

Then I worked on the ground part again until I was happy with the way it looked. For this I used all the colours that I used before in combination with my small brush. And then I darkened the top part of my page a bit using the darker yellow Marigold colour on the outer parts.

To make the bushes more visible and up front (like the sun was hitting them) I doodled a bit with my white Gelly Roll Pen and a silver coloured Edding fineliner. I edged the page with a foam applicator tool and some Archival Ink in “Watering Can” and finished the project by drawing in the little bird with the same black marker that I used for the quote.

Lastly I adhered the left page to the page before using The Crafer’s Workshop “Matte Gel Medium” and a larger brush and let that dry. Wash you brush afterwards because the gel medium will act like a glue.

Some detail pictures:

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.

I wish you a creative day!

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