My son recently started 3 year old kindy and whilst I was excited for him and the fun he would have (and the child free time for me) I felt a little bit sad about him growing up. If you have been following my blog for a while you would have seen me use stencils on my projects reasonably often and know that I like to create my own backgrounds. On this particular layout I used four different stencils to show some of the effects you can get layering stencils with different mediums. One of the things I love about using stencils is that you create layouts that are unique to you and with paints and inks you can don’t need to have matching papers - you can just create it all yourself. If you want some more ideas for layering stencils check out the Get It Scrapped article on the blog here.
I used a combination of gesso, acrylic paint, twinkling H2Os and distress ink with the stencils to create a ‘layered block’ for my photograph and other elements to rest upon. When visualising my page I think of the stencils a bit like how I use patterned papers in layers. For this layout I used only two main colours in different shades along with colours I consider neutral (grey, wood) plus the black and white. The colour inspiration came from the photograph and that it is a mix of mine and my son’s favourite colours. By using the cog stencil I was able to create repetition of circular elements with the embellishments and a visual triangle. I also used repetition of the alphabet stencil to frame my photograph.
When layering stencils I think it is important for each layer to be dry before adding another and also to keep in mind that water based products may interact when they are re-wet with other water based products, which is one reason I like to use a mix of mediums.
I thought it might be helpful if I listed the order that I layered the mediums on my page.
1. Gesso over the Tim Holtz burst stencil.
2. Mix of paints through the Dylusions number stencil. Applied using craft sheet as a palette and using Cut N Dry foam for sponging.
3. Layer of different tones of orange and blue twinkling H2os, which are shimmery water colour paints. I used my craft sheet as a palette to control the amount of colour that was applied, by adding more (for softer colours) or less water (for more intense).
4. Apply pumice stone distress ink through the cog stencil (Crafters Workshop) and the burlap stencil using the foam blending tool. For this layout I tended to dab/pat it through the stencil rather than the circular blending movement that I usually use to apply the ink.
For people who don’t like to get messy – Sponging inks through stencils can give a soft look and you have more control over the colour than when using spray inks.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have fun playing with stencils too.
Mixed Feelings by Kristy T| Supplies: Chipboard: Tattered Angels; Alphas: Basic Grey, American Crafts; Stencils: Tim Holtz, Dylusions, The Crafters Workshop; Wooden Flourishes: Kaisercraft; Wooden Shapes; Prima; Chipboard Sticker: Simple Stories; Stickers: Simple Stories; Paints: Twinkling H2Os, Adirondack, Gesso; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger, CD/DVD Marker: Pilot