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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