Boho Art Journaling with Stencils & Stamps Gwen Lafleur

Written by Michelle Mccosh
July 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In this fun and technique-packed half-day class, we’ll explore some different ways to use stencils and stamps to make our own collage papers and an art journal background, then we’ll mix our hand-printed papers with other paper, ephemera, fabric, and more to make collaged shapes for a page in our journals.

“Boho isn’t my thing,” you say? No worries! You can adapt the techniques to your own style. You can also use a panel, canvas, or other substrate instead of an art journal if you prefer.

Students should bring:

  • A basic mixed media kit (gesso, craft mat, water cup, baby wipes, scissors, pen and pencil, paper towels.)
  • Matte medium
  • Several colors of acrylic paint and paint brushes (1″ and 1/2″ flat, and a detail brush)
  • Glue brushes or other tools to apply gesso and matte medium
  • Gel medium (regular or heavy,) or glue (Yes! glue, PVA, Tacky Glue, etc…)
  • A few colors of permanent stamp pads (I prefer Staz-On) plus black and brown
  • Sponges and / or brushes for stenciling with both ink and paint (I like the long Dina Wakley bristle brushes for paint and Tim Holtz Mini Blending Tools for ink)
  • A few of your favorite stencils and stamps (more textural and background styles will work best)
  • A selection of patterned paper and / or collage papers and ephemera
  • Your art journal, or another substrate of your choice (you could bring a panel, canvas, paper, etc… I recommend around 9″ x 12″ – my sample pages are 11″ x 11.”)


  • Heat tool
  • Glue stick and other adhesives you regularly use (my preferred glue stick is Avery)
  • A pen that will write on paint
  • Paint pens (I use a Pen-Touch Gold pen frequently – 2mm and 4mm tips)
  • Washi tape
  • Fabric, ribbons or trims, wire, sequins, jewels, or other embellishments
  • Any other mark making tools or mediums you want to use on your project

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