Bonus Lesson ~ Water Journal Cover!

Using Stencils to Make Extraordinary Edges

Water, Fire, Wind Covers-Valerie Sjodin

Making extraordinary edges using stencils is easy and exciting! In this video lesson I demonstrate, step–by-step, how to make a new themed art journal cover, number three in the series of elements: Water, Fire, Wind. I used the same stencil for all three journals. If you would like, you can get a closer look at the  Fire and Wind journals on my blog:
There are also three more posts about these journals found at the following links:

Wind-Fire Journals standing-online class

In the series of videos below, I begin the demonstration with a piece of watercolor paper and a 12″ stencil from Click here to go to their “Where to Buy” page. I have ordered stencils online from some of the online retailers listed in the link since I don’t see them very often locally. Many stencils will work for the type/s of examples shown, so don’t feel like you need to have the same one I use. In the video I say I don’t know the name of the stencil used in the demo, but afterwards I looked through all the stencils on The Crafters Workshop site and found the name and number of the stencil: Cosmic Swirl TCW156. It also comes in a 6″ version that I have used quite a bit for smaller applications.

– watercolor paper for cover
– 12″ Stencil of your choice. I am using “Cosmic Swirl TCW156”
– paint sprays/misters (technique demonstrated) or you can use a stencil brush or cosmetic sponge (not demonstrated but an option). I make my own spray paints and show how to do that in detail in the Marbling & More class. I also use a DecoArt Media Mister in the demo.
– Acrylic paint in the colors of your choice. (I also recommend a metallic paint color to add sparkle to the cover, optional)
– Matte medium
– Paint Brushes: larger to spread matte medium, 1-2 smaller brushes that come to a good point
– Waterproof black drawing pens in two widths such as Pitt Faber-Castell Black Pens in sizes XS or S and F or M
– Scissors
– Paper Towels
– Water container and water


The password for this demo is: stencildoodle

The password for this demo is: stencildoodle

The password for this demo is: stencildoodle

The password for this demo is: stencildoodle

Water Journal Cover side view-Valerie Sjodin



  1. Wow! I really enjoyed all of your workshops! They are all of such high quality. You should be very proud of yourself. It’s hard to share what you know with others; however, you have such a giving spirit. Thanks, Diana

  2. Valerie,
    Can I ask what is this swirly stencil called? I’ve looked at both TCW and Stencil Girl stencils and can’t seem to locate it. I love the idea of doodling all these swirls. Can you help?
    Thanks again,

  3. Val….just to listen to your calming voice, and watch you doodle and paint along with the soothing music has calmed my spirit and inspired me. To see your finished projects is very intimidating, but to see you break it down in manageable steps, is so reassuring. Thank you so much for the bonus content! I’m definitely signing up for another one!! Just not sure which one and when I can afford!! Thanks again!!

  4. I became interested in and started doodling a couple years ago, but always felt I had nowhere to go with my doodles. NOW, I have direction! I can’t wait to get started! Thank you for sharing your skill, talent, gift, and sweet spirit with us! I feel like I have a new friend sitting in my studio having coffee with me and “arting”, even if it is only virtual!

  5. This is soooo nice from you to give us this bonus !!! You are so talented, I am learning so many new things with you! Thank you!!
    Cheers from Brazil!

  6. Valerie, how very generous of you! The new lesson is wonderful and so inspiring! I know what I’m going to be doing first thing tomorrow morning.

    Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to seeing your finished Water Journal.

  7. Oh that was amazing and I have cleared off my art table to give this a try. I also have the Silhouette Cameo which has loads of overlays and stencils and so I can use them on trying your technique….

    Thank you so much for doing this extra for us. It went beyond the call of duty. lol.
    I am always amazed by your work…

    Sending you a big hug

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Post comment