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Hello Creatives! Here is a quick project for you this week. Are you a fan of Zentangles? I admit I wasn't familiar with them until recently when I researched them for an art lesson for my elementary students. (I'm an art teacher by day and it is pretty fun!) Go ahead and do a quick Google search and feast your eyes on the all the amazing patterns people have created. I find this drawing practice to be relaxing and a great way to improve my drawing skills. My students got a lot of fine motor skills practice with their Zentangle projects! It was quite satisfying to them to fill their papers with patterns and the end results were impressive and they were very proud of themselves!

Grab an Artistcellar stencil that has a larger pattern and use your favorite black pen (like a thin nib Faber-Castell Pitt Pen) to trace the design onto a smooth drawing or Bristol paper. Now you are ready to fill each section with a different pattern! 

My favorite stencils to use for this are the Quilt Series Stencils and the Seafoam stencils from the Water series

I hope this inspires you to try something new with your stencils! Happy creating!

Today I bring you part two of my project using the Quilt Series Stencils. I ended my last post by showing you that I had just started adding my stitches to my piece of canvas. 

I ended up concentrating on one of the stencil designs and really took my time adding more and more stitching details to the original design. I used regular embroidery thread in a variegated color scheme as well as black, white and ecru. I stuck with the basic stitches I am familiar with, running stitch, back-stitch and Xs.

After I had filled our my design to my liking I decided I would turn this into the cover for a fabric book where I plan to paint, collage and stitch on the pages. I plan on making it full of texture and color. 

After cutting my cover to size I also cut some batting (to thicken the cover) as well as fabric for the inside of my book to the same size. The fabric I pulled from my stash includes ticking, canvas, white broadcloth and gray felt. The ticking ended up as the inside layer of my cover with the batting sewn between it and my painted canvas.

It's a little wonky and certainly not perfect but I am so so happy with how it is coming along. The stitching makes me slow down, relax and it's nice to just let something evolve as I add a bit to it each evening.

I'll be back next time with a finished book filled with chunky texture, luscious color and more stencils!