I have been wanting some flexible alphabet stencils for ages, because unlike the thickish plastic ones you can use them with paint. The thicker stiff ones only seem to work with pens. With the help of a student, I found them at the local newsagent last week.
I covered the left page with gesso and then started painted on a gesso resist design with my new stencil on the right page. (If you want to know what a gesso resist technique is, go here.)
I really should have waited until the gesso dried and then moved the stencil closer on the 8's and 9's but I couldn't be bothered.
Then I covered in a wash of manganese blue hue. Was still a bit boring so I finished with some lemon yellow in places.
I am happy with this as an art journal background.