How To Create in a Black Art Journal

A few years ago I ran across a black art journal and just had to have it. I liked it because it was different. Once I got it home I played in it a few times and then set it down. This was not intentional. I had every aspiration to use the entire thing, but I started to draw a blank on what to do in it.

That all changed when Faber-Castell sent me a box of goodies to use for a hop with Rita Barakat. One of the products they sent me were gelatos. I knew I had to try them in my art journal! They also sent WHITE pens! To my delight they work beautifully on black paper.

The Details Behind the Art

To create this page I used this stencil by Rita Barakat and attached the lines with the white pen by Faber-Castell. To color in the image I used a few different techniques with the gelatos. It was fun to see how different the colors interacted with the dark paper versus white paper.

Here is another project I created with a Rita Barakat stencil!

It is my favorite piece and sits on display in my craft room.

Supplies

Tell me in the comments if you use stencils in your art. What is your favorite?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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How to Use a Face Stencil on a Plate

Rita Barakat has a clever line of stencils to help people draw faces. The first thing I wanted to do when I got my hands on her face stencils was to put it on a plate! These stencils are unique in that they lay the base, but the artist really shines through by adding in the details, focus and colors according to personal style. My passion is hair.

I have created numerous journal pages with these stencils. Finally, I was able to get one on a plate!

Directions:

Gather material making sure to choose paint colors.

This plate had a perfect 6 by 6 square in the center that held the stencil.

Trace the image with sharp pointed object. A pencil works, but the color will transfer, so do so with caution.

Paint the image according to your desire. Make sure to do at least two coats per area!

Once the paint has dried, place the stencil back on the image and trace again.

Connect all the lines on the face.

Start to add the details.

Working with pottery paint is forgiving. Do not worry if you paint something and it does not turn out. I had to replace her mouth three times.

Use puffy paint for details.

Create eyelashes and eyebrows by laying a thick layer of puffy paint, allowing it to dry and going back in with a needle to remove hair like spots.

Once the face is to your liking, have it fired and glazed.

I really like crazy hair and spent a lot of time adding color and texture to her mane.

Rita Barakat stencils can be used on so much more than paper. Think outside of the box. You never know where your creativity will take you!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!