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"1954" Stenciled Mixed Media Book

Americana® Stencils

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"1954" Stenciled Mixed Media Book

designed by PLA Schneider

Write your own story in a repurposed book personalized with your birth year and decorated with Americana® Stencils.

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Americana® Stencils

  • Distressed Numbers (12" x 12") (ASMM32)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Burnt Umber (DMFA03)
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue (DMFA09)
  • Dioxazine Purple (DMFA12)
  • Primary Magenta (DMFA29)
  • Titanium White (DMFA39)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Matte Medium (DMM20)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #8 round brush
  • cosmetic sponge
  • scrapbook paper (assorted)
  • book (flea market find)


  1. Tear the scrapbook paper and adhere to the book cover with a 3/4" flat brush and Matte Medium.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Using a 3/4" flat brush, paint over the book cover/scrapbook papers with Primary Magenta, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, and Titanium White. Paint loosely, adding water for a watercolor look and not rinsing brush in between colors.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use the Americana Distressed Numbers Stencil to stencil a year on scrapbook paper with a cosmetic sponge and Burnt Umber. Tear the paper and adhere to the book with a 3/4" flat brush and Matte Medium. Use a #8 round brush to loosely outline with Burnt Umber.
  4. Print and cut out the words "It was a very good year". Adhere with a 3/4" flat brush and Matte Medium. Use a #8 round brush to outline in Burnt Umber.