Collaborative Project – StencilGirl Products and reSketch journal

In this StencilGirl Product’s collaborative, we each received a reSketch journal and chose one color, plus black and white, to use throughout the entire journal. I chose to work with Golden’s Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. Additionally, I played with transparent and opaque combinations of bone black/carbon black and titanium white/zinc white. The transparent colors can be tricky to obtain depth, but if you work opaque neutrals into them they almost “glow”.

The front and back cover of my journal is birch bark. I picked it off a fallen tree in Michigan last summer, it stencils beautifully. I used Roxanne Evans Stouts, “Find Joy”, S617 , also her bees/dragonflies, Ocean Glider, Hawk of the Mountain, which you can find on It’s impossible to name all the stencils I used on this project, but to name a few; the faces and hand were created using several of Pam Carriker’s stencils, the silhouette faces were Seth Apter’s Stencil Club set 12-2017, Carol Wiebe’s Sacred Feminine, Carolyn Dube’s Venetian Buildings, Cecilia Swatton’s Heron and cats.

StencilGirl – Dos Amigos Pescado S562

Nosey Neighbors
Cat Stencil by Cecilia Swatton – StencilGirl s183

We had several months to finish this project and in the beginning, I was flowing right through it and with months to spare I was more than 3/4 way done; it was effortless and great playtime! Then I hit a creative wall, SMACK! I began to question why I ever got involved. The voices of defeat and self doubt were screaming loudly. I was frustrated and I sooooo tired of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide! I snidely asked myself, “Why did you pick that stupid color anyways?”

Myself also said “you don’t even have a blog so only a couple of your favorite pics will show on the main post so why struggle to finish it?” For awhile I found comfort with that theory, until one night I spotted it tossed aside on my art table under a pile of papers and stencils. As I paged through it, I was pleasantly surprised with the flow of the pages and the uniformity of the color; That is until I reached the ones I had struggled with. The ones that had crushed my vision of completion and left me frustrated and joyless. I still hated them.

I considered gluing them together so they wouldn’t show, or perhaps gob on the gesso and start over, pretend they never existed, HA! However, I knew in my heart that goes against my long term mantra of “It doesn’t need to be right or good… it’s just authentically me, in that moment”. With a little patience, I did morph them into better pages. Not favorite pages, just better pages.

A few days later, I received a notification of a new YouTube post and thought “OMG! I can link the entire journal via YouTube!!!! So next morning, I took the journal outside in the sunshine and snapped pics of every page and made it into a slideshow. I will admit, even the pages I didn’t like blended nicely. They did not stick out like gross mishaps as my previous voices said they would. I was excited to share the link, but the journey doesn’t stop there.

In the project’s private Facebook group I stated, “I am done, but don’t have a blog…” The statement left me flat and a little disappointed so I said to myself, “Toss one up for this project, you can fancy it up later!” Voila, Welcome to my Blog!!!!!

My point is, stop worrying if what you are doing is great, or perfect, or right. Be authentically you in the moment and just do it. Now go grab your StencilGirl stencils, some paint and make it an Art Day!

WAIT – We can’t let you leave without saying THANK YOU for stopping by and for sharing in our color journal story. And, as a special Thank You, we also have a GIVEAWAY!

We are giving away a random selection of resketch journals AND a $25 StencilGirl® gift certificate to ONE LUCKY PERSON!

Make sure to comment below to let us know you’ve visited and let us know what color your journal would be. Visit each artist(s) blog for more chances to win! (comments due no later than April 28th midnight EST). We will pick ONE winner on April 29th, 2019 so watch this space to see if you are a winner!

Hippity HOP over to these blogs:

StencilGirlTalk where it all begins

Marsha Valk

Erin Serviss DeCoste

Anna Friesen

Tina Walker

Josefine Fourage

Jenny Petricek

Cynthia Silveri

Amie Ruth – See her pieces on the StencilGirl Talk Post

Michele Kosciolek


  1. Lisa, this is just fantastic! The energy that exudes from your work is so strong and feels so exciting. I love the colors and overall excitement of your work. And, as a project bonus…your blog turned out amazing…:-) Congrats! See you in Stencil Club!

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  2. Lisa, Your Journal is outstanding and definitely authentically you. I just want to pause on every page and get lost in all the depth you created. You’ve made me a believer in Transparent Yellow Oxide and I just got my bottle out to play with. What a gorgeous journal. I bow to you…..

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  3. Ooooh! It’s good that you wrote about your struggle. I think it’s totally normal to have pages you just do not like, especially on a huge project like this. I mean: this is not a small journal. The landscape format isn’t an easy one to work with either! I would never have thought to use transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, but man… this looks so good!!! You did a stunning job! And your cover… !!!!

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  4. Lisa, I love your work–and this journal is FABULOUS! I’m so glad to have gotten to know you through this collaboration! I look forward to visiting your blog in the future and seeing more of your amazing work! 🙂

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  5. Congratulations on three fronts: the blog, video and completing the project! I LOVE YOUR CHOICE OF COLOR…..there was so much magic on your pages. Thank you for sharing your journey to complete this project….your are one brave, dilligent, creative soul.

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  6. So so so fabulous Lisa. Your creations are always so inspiring. That colour is just amazing. I love the oxides…! I have just bought a new colour from golden called Sap Green Hue and something like this would be magic with it. Perhaps it can be your next instalment? Love love love your work. And you always bring such depth and brightness to my days. Thank you for sharing ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you Vanessa for your kind words. I have that new color as well – I think they released a couple of other hues at the same time. I remember standing in Blicks saying, “you don’t need anymore paint” but then caving and saying, “but they are soooo pretty”. Lol!


  7. This is stunning Lisa. Thank goodness for the pause button! Needed to totally absorb the layers and details… awesome. Love your color choice and how you’ve created such variation of tone. Really inspiring…….makes me want to grab a journal and have a play. Thank you for the video and blog! I would probably use teal………but now having seen your color choice I might need to reconsider 😉

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    1. Thank you Lynda! I’m still debating which part was more challenging; creating the journal or creating the blog to put it on. I need serious tutorials on these platforms, lol! Happy Monday – Go grab that journal!


    1. Lol! Thanks Patty! Ironically, I had signed up for the larger journal size, this one got sent by mistake… after getting into it, I was sooooooo happy I had the smaller one. This was actually a great size to work with not so small that you felt restricted, not sure of the actual dimensions but it was something close to 3×6 I could measure it if you actually want to know.


  8. I just love your journal and if you had any trouble with the flow of your pages, it certainly doesn’t show. I had thought I would start with a turquoise journal but after seeing this I will play around with the yellow iron oxide in the future.

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    1. Renee, Thank you for the kind words. The transparent Yellow Iron Oxide is by far my most favorite color to play with. Be sure to let me know how you like it if you decide to play with it.


  9. Your book is just so beautiful ! and i love your colour choice , i probably would choose some kind of yellow too. I appreciate you share your doubts and it is giving me courage to paint again and maybe return to my blog ? Thank you so much for your generosity and for sharing so much.


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