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Ever have a background that you love and when it comes time to cover some of it up, you don’t want to?  That’s what happened to me but I found a way around it by using a butterfly stencil-mask and some white paint.

You’ll also see a new gizmo that I used to stencil the words with little letters. Yes, the letters are filled in with little letters!

Watch How I dealt with a background I loved and didn’t want to cover up on YouTube.

This is the background at the start of today’s play. You can see how this was created here.  This background was a blast to create with the paint splatters and I didn’t want to cover it up.  But I had an idea for this page that would involving covering up at least part of it.

Using a mask and white paint isolated parts of  the background creating the color and pattern in the butterflies.  When stenciling with a mask, if you pull the paint away from the mask as you apply it, you are less likely to get any paint under it.  That will give you a crisper image.  You can see it in action in the video.

The butterfly masks come as a part of my Butterfly Journeys stencil set.

There was a part of my brain that was a bit freaked out by the white paint covering up the background.  After all, what if I don’t like it? I can never ever ever get that white paint off and go back to the background I loved.

A bit of high drama happening in my head.  But if I don’t like it, you know what I’ll say. OOPS.  And the absolute worst case scenario is that I have to splatter more paint and make another.  Twist my arm!

As much as I loved this background, it needed to be covered up.

The layers underneath began still peeked through a touch, a compromise to the voice in my head. That voice also would not agree that the white turned the butterflies into magic.

To create the title, the stenciling was done with a non-traditional tool, an identity protection roller stamp and the Jumbo Vintage Typewriter stencil.  I just love that was pre inks and rolled little letters and gibberish text. There’s a link at the bottom of the post if you’d like to more about this gizmo.

Since it rolled and was little it was a snap to get into the stenciled areas of the letters. When you try this, just be aware that you do need a more open stencil or a large pattern so that the stamp can get in there to make contact with the paper.

Outlining the letters and butterflies gave the page the finishing touch it needed.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

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The to-do list felt never ending.  There wasn’t enough time to get it all done.  Ever felt that way?  I was feeling overwhelmed so I turned to my art journal to help me, the 150 year giant tome of a art journal.  It’s fitting that something so big will help me with a big to do list.

There is a part of my brain that tries to convince me that the best way to deal with my to do list is to buckle down and start on those items.  But I am so frazzled about it at the moment, that I will not be very focused or efficient.  The art play will actually help me get back to a more productive state, and make a happier person at the same time.

Watch De-stressing with an art journal  on YouTube.

Since an overwhelming to-do list created the need to art journal, it seemed fitting to cover the entire background in a list making stamp.  This is a self inking stamp so it was a speedy way to create the first layer.

Getting thoughts and feelings out in a non-judgmental space allows the stress to start moving out of the body.  It’s like the stress flows out the hand word by word.

I was really stressed out so there were lots of words that needed to be released.  While using a fine tipped paint pen, there was a big O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.

Pens with fine tips like these get ruined very quickly when used on top of paint.  Since there wasn’t any paint on this page, it seemed an ideal place to use them.  The catch is, I am a heavy writer who uses lots of pressure.  That is total operator error here, as it happens to me with any brand of this style of pen.

That glob of paint made me very happy so I wanted to do it some more.  The muse is laughing away as the more I tried to get the globs, the less I could make it happen.

Apparently, the stress was more than I realized, so I needed to do even more journaling. This time it was a jumbo mega  Sharpie and a regular sharpie. While I was writing, there was a recurring phrase that kept running through my mind.

I don’t want to do it. That big list of obligations, responsibilities, and laundry, I didn’t want to do it.

The Teenage Angst stencil provided the perfect words for this page.  This stencil is 9 x12 inches with lots of phrases and for this particular stencil, I used scissors to cut the phrases apart.

Using Pam Carriker’s Fluid Matt sheer colours, the rainbow was added. Why these paints? Because they are sheer which means the background will be seen through them. They’re also fluid, which means they are ideal for the next step.

There is no equal to throwing paint and watching it splatter across the surface.  With every splat and thwap of paint, I felt more relaxed and alive.

You might have noticed the head of a paint brush that went flying in the video.  O.O.P.S.!

Now that I am done de-stressing, I will start tackling the to-do list.  Only now, I can focus again, feel human, and most importantly, that feeling of overwhelm has passed all thanks to some art journaling.

With all the wet paint on here, it needs some time to dry. So in my next blog post, I’ll be sharing what I did with this colorful background. Get signed up for my newsletter to be sure you’ll see what happens next.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

What pens did I use? I’m not listing any specific brands of the paint pens because I don’t want anyone to think the issue is with the pens.  That is user error.


What happens when primary colors mix and mingle while making a flip pour?  Rainbow happiness! Just the 3 primary colors were added to the cup, along with white, and a whole lot more color appeared. Along with a whole bunch of cells.

Watch Rainbow Flip Pour from just the Primary Colors on YouTube.

Just the 3 primary colors and white made this pour. A yellow, a magenta for the red, and shades of blue, plus good old stand by white paint were all the colors used. This isn’t just paint in here, it’s also Floetrol. If you’d like to see how to mix the paint and Floetrol together, check out this video.

To help make the cells extra wonderful, a drop or two or three was added to each jar of dimethicone.  It’s used in cosmetics but makes wonderful cells. You can also use silicone oil, like used for treadmills, to do the same thing.

Once you have all the paint you wanted in the cup, put your canvas or wood panel on top and flip it over.  The suction will hold the cup in place so none of the paint will escape.

Lift up the cup and watch the rainbow appear but be sure to say Abracadabra before you lift the cup, after all, it’s color magic about to happen there!

Here’s what it looked like soon after the cup was lifted.  Way more color variation than what was added to the cup. But it wont’ stay exactly like this. Gravity will pull on it and stretch parts out.

Here it is all dry, with all those glorious cells swimming about.  It’s like there is a rainbow ocean flowing through it!

Want to see more paint pouring tutorials?  Click here for more rainbow fun!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

I used Dimethicone, but you can also use silicone so I put that on the list below for you too.  The Floetrol, by Flood, comes in several sizes, so you have options for that in the list too.