Hot Glue Gun Stencils

Instead of art journal prompts this week I’m experimenting with some art journaling techniques!

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This hot glue stencil technique is from mixed media artist Traci Bautista… art journaling hero. I’m in love with her studio… the image below to see more:

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First, I used my hot glue gun to draw out a few designs.  I tried freezer paper the first time as my base…..but it was a big fail.  The second time around I used wax paper:

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Drawing out letters:

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When the design was cool I peeled off the wax paper from the back. It won’t peel off cleanly but if you soak the stencil in some water you can easily rub the wax paper off with your fingers:

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If you want to do a more technical design, just draw or print out one and place it behind the wax paper as your guide:

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In my journal I placed these circles down on a page spread:

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And lightly sprayed it with some Tulip Fabric paint:

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Here’s the image left behind!

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Then you can add more layers or just add wording on top of the one image for an interesting page:

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It works great on clothing too. Here’s a shirt I made….just laying the hot glue gun stencil on the bottom of the shirt and spraying fabric paint on top of it:

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Check out Traci’s book Collage Unleashed!

Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista via #artjournaling #theliljournalproject


Doodles Unleashed by Traci Bautista via #artjournaling #theliljournalproject


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  1. 1

    Looks like a lot of fun! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. 2

    So fun! I think that if you use parchment paper instead of wax paper it will come right off. Just a thought. Can’t wait to try it!!

  3. 5

    I think this would be a fun way to make your own simple stamps too, which would be perfect for my 2 yr old. great idea!

  4. 6

    Just pinned this. Cool idea and lots of potential for creative fun (or frustration and thrown-across-the-room-projects which happens more often than not…but I’ve got to at least try it. ) : )

  5. 7

    you can also do this white thick white craft glue and dry it with a hair drier. you don’t have to work as fast either.

  6. 8

    Neat idea! I discovered this quite by accident, but you can also just “draw” your design on a laminate countertop and use a razor knife to “peel” it off. I do a lot of my crafting in the kitchen and my glue gun is always dripping onto the countertop. The hot glue has never hurt the counter surface and I just peel or scrape off the glue after it cools. Of course, I realize that not all counter tops are the same, so I would test this on a small out-of-the-way place before going hog wild. But, if this is something you do on a regular basis, then you could purchase a clearance piece of laminate at a home improvement store for such projects.

    Hope you have super day!

  7. 9

    We’ve been attacking shirts with bleach spray lately…Thanks for a new idea! I love the possibilities….

  8. 10

    Those silicone protector sheets (either the ones for the oven or the ones sold to catch drips from glue guns) would work really well – they are flexible and would help you to pop the design off easily.

  9. 11
    MaryRedford says:

    do you have a craft matt if you would use the hot glue on its first and let it cook you can just lay it on your journal page and then spray your color over it what you think I will do a page in a couple days and take a look at my bolg ok Lil I will even ask you if you use my tip in my bog …
    Mary Redford

  10. 12

    This is a great idea and perfect for gifting. I think I may also try parchment paper or foil. I also need to figure out where to find the fabric spray paint. Thank you for the tutorial:)

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    Allison Smith says:

    On fabric… can use elmers school glue on the shirt….write or draw what you want with the glue. Let it dry then spray fabric paint or even tiedye it. When done and paint is dry. Throw in washer to set paint and the glue washes away and then dry it and then its done…..same effect as aboves example


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