Layering with Stencils: Creating depth and texture in mixed-media art with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Add fun designs and patterns to your crafts with stencil art! Learn how to make stencil art, as well as an assortment of techniques from expert Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

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Experience the versatility of stencil art in this Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop. Julie shows you how to add designs and patterns to your art, allowing for an opportunity to add a bit of signature flair!
In this workshop, you'll learn:
  • Basic stenciling techniques for different types of inks and materials
  • Which types of inks and mediums work well for stencil art
  • How to layer stencils utilizing the different stenciling techniques you learn
  • Which types of stencils layer well together
  • What kinds of materials you can apply stencils to
  • And more!

Experiment with spraypaint and other mediums as you layer stencils for a unique and colorful look.


Materials List:

  • Dropcloth
  • Watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • File folders
  • Cardstock
  • Quilter's plastic
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Magazines
  • Spray ink
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cosmetic sponges
  • Palette paper
  • Cra-Pas oil pastels
  • Tags
  • Fly swatter
  • Heat gun
  • Deli paper (Kabnet)
  • Brayers, large and small
  • Blending tool
  • Paint daubers
  • Paintbrushes
  • Artist tape
  • Distress™ ink
  • Gelli Arts™ gel plate
  • Matte medium (Liquitex®)
  • Watercolor
  • Watercolor mists: Dylusions, Maya, Adirondack®
  • Skewer
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Packing tape


Author/Speaker/Editor: Julie Fei Fan Balzer

File/Trim Size: SD Download: 921 MB; HD Download: 3.38 GB

File Type: MP4

Format: Video

Runtime: 77 Minutes

Customer Reviews

Inspiring Review by Sharon

I am relatively new to mixed media and have been looking at recommendations provided by Interweave. I stumbled upon Julie and liked her presentation style - down to business. This video has so much info, much inspiration and is extremely helpful. I need a Gelli Plate!

(Posted on 5/27/14)

Faily new to Mixed Media Review by Barbara

Julie explains all the products she uses. As she takes you thru the stenciling process, she provides ideas of what items you can use/make to stencil with, including cut-outs from magazines for unique masks. Using a Gelli Plate with paints, inks, stencils & deli sheet paper was the most interesting as I had not seen it demonstrated before. She makes additional pieces from one application of paints on the Gelli Plate. This process allows you to not waste any leftover paint (you keep lifting off remaining paint from the Gelli Plate). She shows examples of her art journaling pages in the Wrap Up section which are so cool, especially her work with faces. I would suggest that she incorporate closed captioning in her videos for the hearing-impaired (reason this was not 5 stars).

(Posted on 4/19/14)

Great Insructor, lots of stenciling techniques. Review by Barbara

I completely loved this DVD. Until I read another review, the location didn't matter. In fact, I loved her mother's kitchen, and it gives the impression that you can create art anywhere.

At the end of the video, I wanted to see more. Julie provided plenty of tips. I wanted skills to incorporate into my card making, to enhance the backgrounds and now I have plenty of techniques I can use.

Thanks Julie, and thank you Interweave.

(Posted on 12/15/13)

Excellent Review by Gail

Julie is an excellent teacher and all of her work is so interesting. Her video is a pleasure to watch....great speaking voice, knowledge of the process she describes. Looking for future presentations by her.

(Posted on 12/13/13)

Good but nothing new Review by Susan

I love Julie, her ideas and presentation presence. I own some of her other videos and merchandise. This presentation does show some great ideas but many are the same as the ones that Julie had sold on her site in her "getting started" series. I purchased this thinking that there would be some new additional ideas and information.

The setting where this is filmed is a bit odd--her mother's kitchen. I do not know why Interweave did not have a studio available for the filming of this. I could not help but fixate on the bread bags and other paraphernalia past Julie and the presentation counter. I found this setting to be highly distracting and think it would have been fine to film in this setting if some of those items had been cleared away.
It just looks amateurish and ...well cheap.

If you do not own any of Julie's self filmed stencil series, then this would be a good video for you. She has lots of fine information, is highly enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Since she has added to her line of designs for the Crafter's Workshop, she takes full advantage at showing off her product. I think that gone are the days of her showing how to make some items "on the cheap" now that she is getting more exposure and picked for certain product reviews and placement. That is ok as one needs to pay the bills and do some self-promotion.

She still is hands-down one of the best presenters and information givers out there--no wild hand-waving, extraneous wiggling, long, drawn-out talking...she gets down to business and gets one excited to do some fun creating.

The lower rating is for the setting that was chosen for the filming.

(Posted on 11/17/13)