Friday, April 24, 2020

All the Shades of Black with Natalie May

Hey there!

I'm back and cant wait for another amazing term with StencilGirl!

Today I am sharing a Scrapbook page featuring a photo of my Besties and I taken just before Christmas.

These girls are just my absolute superstars and I had the perfect stencil to frame my image.

Here are some simple steps to re-create this projects

I used the 9x12 Stencil that came with the August 2017 StencilClub on 300gsm Watercolour paper and lightly, using a pencil, traced one of the stars across my page.


I then used a range of Blacks from Lindys Gang, to add color to my stars.
They will act like watercolors on the watercolor paper but have a distinct permanency to them that you just cant get from watercolor - I freaking LOVE THEM!

Each star has a different shade of black in it ... I added more water to some to make them more intense and less water to others to make the pigment darker ... loving all those juicy shade of black.

Once dry, I then went back with my stencil and traced the images in Black Pen so that I could see the shape clearly.

I used the Illegible Stencil with Distress Oxide and a blending brush to add some more interest in a few places.
And finally some stamping with Distress Oxide for a little balance.

I love working in Monochromatic tines - definitely something that I am comfortable with and with a limited color palette, you certainly cant go too wrong!

Check out all the wonderful artworks in our Creative Team Monochromatic Rainbow Hop:
Shel Cee – Violet
Peg Robinson – Purple
Sue Plumb – Blue
Linda Edkins Wyatt – Green
Jennifer Gallager – Yellow
Claudia Neubacher – Orange
Carol Baxter – Red
Sunila Mahajan & Aditi Mahajan – Gold
Natalie May – White/Black
Debi Adams – Indigo

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Thanks so much for stopping by and cant wait to share again with you soon!

STENCILGIRL - SC-08-2017, S200
LINDYS GANG - Blazing Black, Blackforest Black, Screaming Banshee Black, Midnight Rendezvous Raven, Frozen Jack Frost
OTHER - XPress-it 300gsm Aqua paper, Bazzill, Distress Oxide, Paper Rose Blending Brush, Unity Stamp, Thickers


  1. The page make me smile. Love the way you did the stars!

  2. Beautiful layout. I love the way you made your stars watercolory and different shades.

  3. A black and white and shades of grey layout is just so satisfying! I love yours and it really makes your black and white photo shine like a star :)

  4. Love your stars and the shades you used. Best friends are awesome.

  5. I would never have thought of a monochromatic black layout as being a "happy" one, but that is how this makes me feel.

  6. Black and white, always the classic combo just like best friends. Great conceptualization.

  7. Oh wow! What a wonderful way to give those stars that watercolor look and feel. Beautiful layout!

  8. I like that the stars don't all have the same look and some have bled.

  9. who would have ever thought black stars could be so beautiful?

  10. Beautiful, I love it Natalie!!!

  11. Nice job with all the different values, makes the black and white so vibrant!

  12. shea mester
    Black stars at delightful...well organized and alive. Thank you.

  13. This is an excellent example of how a monochromatic palette can have dynamic feel. TFS

  14. Oh my - this rocks! Love how you did this!

  15. This is very pretty. I really like the different tones of black. I appreciate the fact that your photo isn't lost amidst all of the elements in the page. So many times I see beautiful layouts in which the picture is overwhelmed by the decorative elements-especially florals. Your picture pops and my eye was automatically drawn to it.

    1. Thanks Annette ... lets be honest - that is what scrapbooking is all about - the PHOTO - the element that is often forgotten. I wish more people would focus on that rather than all the other stuff!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  16. I love the combination of the stencils and the starkness of the watercolor effect to the boldness of the black! Love it

  17. Love the watercolor effect you created, and then adding star outline. Brilliant!

  18. Really love the background and the muted, black wash of color along with the black and white. Great effect!

  19. nice background, kept it simply. I like the blue black look on the stars. Nice job

  20. The stars are fantastic. I love how they look on the white watercolor paper. Nicely done.

  21. I am loving the various shades of black you got and the watercolory effects with that star stencil!

  22. Neat layout, really loose and free. Black and white is so classy!


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