Friday, October 20, 2017

StencilGirl Meets Distress Crayons

Hi Stencil Friends!
It's Day 3 of the StencilGirl and Tim Holtz Hop.
Today we are featuring Distress Crayons.

I used the Distress Crayons, Stencils, Canvas Paper and Moleskine Notebooks.

First I took a large sheet of the canvas paper and started layering 
the Distress Crayons in a few shades of blues.
(Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire)

I used my fingers, a dry soft cloth or the Ranger Ink Blending Tool...
Just to experiment with different tools.

I used my Curlicue Stencils... the Curlicue Floral, Curlicue Wide Borders,
and later on in the process I used the Curlicue Daily Border Starters and the Fly 6.

I made a nice soft textural base and did a light coat of gesso over it.
Mostly because I wanted to see what would happen.

Next I used that soft cloth and blended those blue Distress Crayons, 
as well as Cracked Pistachio and Picket Fence.
I loved the ghostly impressions of the Curlicue Stencils underneath.

I thought I'd like to rub some away, so I went a little darker and heavier
with more marks and more blending.
How do you like the canvas texture coming through too?
Yes! I love it!

I held the bird stencil down and with a DRY cloth softly rubbed the crayons away...
but not to the layer of gessoed canvas.

On the border I used a WET baby wipe which
 took more of the crayon away so it was almost to the gesso layer.

Huge Difference!

I played with the piece, subtracting the blues and adding some 
pinks and yellows in...(Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber).
Don't you love layers and layers of goodness!

I came to a place where I was happy with the colors and textures of my canvas.
Somewhere in the process of playing with this
 I had decided I was going to cut and glue and make book covers.

I traced the book on the back of the canvas....
 And Glued.
Super Duper Simple!

I freehanded words for titles. It would be easy to stamp or stencil them too.

I tried a washi tape spine on one book, but it wasn't really necessary.

I've already given away the small journals.
I always keep one that size in my purse.
They make a perfect little gift for someone special.

Here's my bonus material!

As I was learning about Distress Crayons I watched YouTube Videos
and tried a few techniques in my Daily Journal.
I used Modeling Paste here...

I laid the crayon down heavy over the raised design and wiped it with the wet baby wipe.
I love how the purple crayon (Seedless Preserves) collects around the edges.

Again I used the modeling paste on parts of this green page.
I blended the Crayons (Peeled Paint)
along with green Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters).
Then used the wet baby wipe to take away parts.

This last one I used a heavy layer of white Distress Crayon (Picket Fence) 
and let it completely dry.
Since it was such a thick layer that took awhile!
I used this as a resist because I rubbed Distress Inks over it
(Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Victorian Velvet)
and the inks soaked into the background paper 
differently than the Distress Crayon design element.

I added some collage elements for a fun little page in my Daily.

Thanks for visiting today.
I hope all the projects the last few days has really motivated you to go out and PLAY!

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October 20: Distress Crayons 
<<< Janet Joehlin >>>


  1. Loved all the blues. Very pretty! ~Rachel Bell

  2. Love your colors and the bird. Love your journals. Thank you for your inspirations. Thank you for the chance to win

  3. Such a cool process. I do love that ghostly design!

  4. So beautiful with all the layers! Love this technique.


  5. Beautiful journal covers! Love all the layers. Lots of fun techniques to try!

  6. I so enjoy all your work and am always inspired by your posts. Thank you!

  7. Really good ideas here, I am adding to my next art purchase list big time with this blog hop! I have watercolor crayons so haven't bought any of the distress crayons. Seeing all that you can do with them I will have to get a set, or two!

  8. Janet I love all the depth in your layers! So pretty! Love the covers and that purple page is beautiful!

  9. Beautiful pages Janet thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous projects with us!!

  10. Pretty journal covers, love the monochromatic colors.

  11. So pretty! Thank you for sharing your project!

  12. I love that swirl stencil in your background. The texture is fabulous! Your journals are beautiful!

  13. Beautiful coloring.
    Have to get the crayons.
    Look like a lot of fun
    and fantastic projects
    thanks for sharing.

  14. What fabulous little journals with such amazing visual textures!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  15. I bought some small Fabriano journals at a great price recently and now I know what to do with those covers! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Love handmade journals! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love these journals. Every time I see art journals it makes me want to try some. Maybe someday I will be brave enough. Thanks for the tutorial. The books look great! Blue is my favorite color.

  18. Love your journals! Great idea!

  19. Wow!! I love that background in shades of blue! And the finished covers are lovely!

  20. Very nice work and I absolutely agree with the purple looking cool along the edges of the paste

  21. Love your beautiful covers. Thanks for the bonus, too. I am definitely trying the crayons - never really thought I needed them. But I do! Thanks for your wonderful inspiration.

  22. love seeing different ways to use these!

  23. Love the cute notebooks. I really liked the colours you used and the way you achieved all the layers.

  24. I am such a fan of your art, Janet!!
    Such gorgeous creations!
    So happy you are on this hop! xo

  25. Wow !!! These covers are so amazingly beautiful !!

  26. Such a great way to jazz up a plain book. Thank you for the ideas! I'm definitely going to try this.

  27. I always live your posts. Your work is so creative and detailed. Your projects are fabulous.

  28. Very nice indeed! I sometimes take little Moleskines on journeys, and copy the text into my larger travel journal. I may try covering them with canvas paper.

  29. So pretty. I love this idea

  30. Beautiful Janet! I love your choice of stencils and thank you so much for the bonus material! Loved it!
    Jackie xo

  31. Janet, what a great use of distress crayons. Loved the technique and the results.

  32. The way you let us in on the process and different methods used was great. Baby wipe or wet paper towel? Your layers are stunning. The end product feels so easy and natural. And the bonus bits were great. I love the butterfly winged man. I really enjoyed your post!

  33. Beautifully created.
    Love the texture, stencils and colors.
    Thank you for the tutorial and inspirations!

  34. Another beautiful way to use the crayons, thanks for sharing.

  35. Love the effect with the crayons! I haven't tried them yet!