Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Layering with Stencils
So many ways to use stencils and/or stencil-prints in creating layers!
Below is a 6" x 6" greeting card layered with prints made with (1) Sassy Spray (bottom layer); (2) May 2019 StencilClub 4"x 4" stencil (center layer); and (3) a heart cut from a print made with Clustered Leaves (top layer.)
Incidentlly, I just happened across an online listing for Clustered Leaves -- which is certainly available at StencilGirl -- as being "unavailable" at PaperArtsy. :-( !!!
Below is an example of a different kind of layering. All that I did here was to place my 9" x 12" stencil Garden Montage over an old page from a picture-calendar, then apply a layer of translucent purple acrylic paint....
Next, I'll show a close-up of a different approach to layering. The first layer below was made with my 6" x 6" stencil Kaleid, which I placed on a sheet of matboard (a sturdy cardboard that comes in colors. This matboard was a medium blue.)
With an old credit card, I created the first layer by spreading heavy-body matte medium across the stencil. I lifted the stencil off immediately. While waiting for the matboard to dry, I dipped the stencil into water, before wiping off the matte medium with a dry rag (old washcloths are great for this!) Normally I don't clean stencils, but I do when I've used any 3-dimensional medium. This prevents any permanent gunking-up that might obscure the stencil's details.
Once the matte medium on the matboard had dried, I rubbed its surface with a layer of yellow-orange Pan Pastel --
The most popular way of layering with stencils is to apply layers of paint to an art journal page, a stretched canvas, or any other sturdy substrate. Below is a close-up of an artwork-in-progress on stretched canvas. Layers of paint (pale pink, pale yellow-green, etc.) form the background for this white print made with my 9" x 12" stencil Loopy Ladders. (You can click on the image below to enlarge it and better see details.) Because this is an unfinished piece of art, I already know that I will be adding still more layers of acrylic or watercolor to enrich the finished work.
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