Today we start 2 weeks of school holidays before we head into our hectic Term 4 to end the year. I hope you'll see lots creative from me in the next fortnight as a result. I promised I'd share some tips from the Stencil technique class I recently taught.stenciling. It's one of my go-to techniques when I start a page or when I get stuck or when I just need a final finishing touch.
First some useful general tips : I always put masking tape on the middle journal seam, particularly when using inks or sprays. This stops seepage of paints through to other pages in your journal. And I always place Baking paper underneath the current pages so I'm protecting journal pages behind
this Youtube clip by Dina Wakley for some more cool techniques with stencils and baby wipes :
Stencil Girl do this on YouTube - the less paint = better effect
You can also apply acrylic paint as a layer, and then wipe that wet paint away with a baby wipe within the stencil design to reveal beneath (also demonstrated in Dina's YouTube above I think)
HERE with step by step sponge and that baby wipe technique
add colour on top after of course
You can also use gel medium or clear gesso as a resist - sponge or apply with palette knife through your stencil and then spray or apply glaze (thin layer of paint) over top, rubbing the wet off to reveal the resist pattern :
Above on the night, below a whole page
Use white gesso or titanium white paint through a stencil followed by a glaze to give you a different colour effect in a space : below I added white hearts within the body before applying a thin layer of blue. See the finished spread with additional stenciling HERE.
use with sandpaper!
Even discovered that you can purcahse a few fun stencils at Mitre 10 (a local hardware store)
I worked my demo straight into my current altered art journal and this is what I ended up with by the end of the night.
No plan as I went, but can you see a face shape on the left page? Afterwards, it evolved into this spread which I am very happy with :
You will guess from my sharing of YouTube above, my most recommended person for Stencil techniques and inspiration is Mary Beth Shaw - Stencil Girl : Stencil Girl Blog and videos on YouTube. Also search her name in YouTube.
I took wonderful classes years ago from Mary Ann Moss and Roben-Marie Smith but sadly they don't offer them now. Julie Fei Fan Balzer's FREE stencil class is still available HERE
This is a great class and contains information about using stencils with different mediums. Great for beginners but I also re-watch it periodically and am re-inspired.
I hope you've been inspired to play with stencils. If you're in the Wellington area in October, there's a day out you might like : event info on FB HERE.
Looks like lots of paints, sprays, inks, stencils for sale....May see you there!
If you've got other recommendations for links for stencil inspiration please add them in the comments. Wishing you a creative weekend and talk to you soon.