Art Journal Layering with Metallic Lustre, Stencils and Sprays!

   It should be no secret that I love, love, looooove art journaling. I am always seeking new inspiration for my art journal as well… and I recently discovered something that is quickly becoming an integral part of my routine — DecoArt Metallic Lustre. 

In case you are not familiar, Metallic Lustre is a water-based, non-toxic wax that buffs to a brilliant shine. I have been using it with stencils and I have been achieving fantastic results… like this:

And this!: 

So, first of all… you will need to gesso your surface.

Looooook at that texture!
Then apply a layer of Payne’s Grey and Quinacridone Violet. The texture you see is from where I closed the pages while the paint was still wet. I really like the grungy distressed effect!

Once that base coat of paint has dried I added a bit of DecoArt Media Mister in carbon black to darken up some areas… and added some stenciling with sprays below. 

I talk about these misters often – and there’s a reason for it! I really like that they are permanent once dry… unlike many of the other mists that I own. I can use these and not have to worry about them reacting with other layers.
They are a lot of fun to let drip too!

Let it dry… and then it’s time for the Metallic Lustre. 

I used a doily/mandala stencil and Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre. To apply the wax, just use your finger and rub it across the stencil. 

It really makes for a beautiful layer.

Next, using a paintbrush and gold and white paint, I added some dots to the page.

All that was left was adding a fun quote. I stamped it out on a separate page, then attached the pieces with matte medium.

Here’s some other ATC’s, cards and pages I’ve created with stencils and Metallic Lustre:

I hope you find this inspiring, I would love to see what you come up with! If you follow along with the tutorial, please leave a comment below!

Until next time.


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