Occasionally I use stencils in my journals that I have either drawn on paper and cut out, or cut an image out of a magazine to use in a variety of fun ways.
This is a perfect journal technique if you don't know how to draw, or don't care to, and want to add visual drama to your journal pages. It is also wonderful if you are busy, use symbols in your journals, and really don't want to recreate the wheel on every page.
I often use some of my stencils as a kind of emotional landscape, a separation between what is day to day, and what is felt.
I keep a collection of stencils in the back of my journals in a plastic envelope. (I sometimes leave some stencils behind, in the journal I used them in, especially if they have become too full of paint and are torn)
Then I plot out of few pages at a time, using the stencils or not, and painting backgrounds...or not. It's nice to have a few daily options, already set up and ready to go.
This same image could alternatively be used in reverse on some pages, the ground dark blue and the figure white.
I used this "jump for joy' girrl in an old journal so often that I inked her arm totally off.
One of my favorite stenciled images was taken from a wild life magazine and I improvised the area where the Egret was standing.
There is very little going on here except a lightly rubbed crayon background, ink sprayed on the stencil (I should mention that I used a negative image...cut out the image then drew around it on another piece of paper, then cut that out) , then paper tape applied just below, and sprayed again for a layered effect. even though it wasn't a lot of work, I am keeping things a little simpler now...and my stencils small and less flimsy.
Less likely to lose an arm in an inking accident...and more time to write.
Try using stencils for emotional landscapes. Drama, it's not just for breakfast anymore...put some in your journals.