Saturday, 27 June 2015

Paper Artsy Theme 12: Stencils

The new PaperArtsy theme is Stencils. Me and stencils? Never heard of them! Oh, just kidding...
Stencils are an integral part of my art life. I have lots of them (over one hundred, I think, most of them my design, hand-cut or silhouette-cut), I use them often... So it's very hard for me to come up with something original.

When I was creating the previous challenge, I used inks directly on the canvas paper - and it was curling so I had to stick something on the back to strengthen it a bit. So now I already had a tissue paper background I had to work with. I put some neon acrylic paints on it first, then added some other vibrant paints.

Then I used my circle stencil to draw circles with a grey Neocolor II pastel. I smudged it with my finger.

Then I stamped some images to the inside of the circles. I was planing to use the grass stamp for my focal image later.

Next, I applied some transparent embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 line).

I went around the circles with a purple Neocolor II pastel.

I placed the circle stencil back on the page and applied some golden embossing paste (also Wendy Vecchi product) through another stencil. This one is my current favourite - I seem to be overusing it a bit...

So... what now? I had a background and I had no clue what to do next. I took the grass stamp from PaperArtsy EDY09 set and stamped it on a piece of purple tracing paper. Then I added a quote. Done? I wasn't sure... I didn't like it... And when something bugs me, I just can't leave it be.

So... Plan B... I chose another quote and cut it on my Silhouette machine - the actual words plus their outline. Love the effect! I'm really happy how it turned out!

Yay for Plan B!


  1. All these layers contribute to a fantastically textured background and the colours are so vibrant... gorgeous!

  2. Love how you use color, that is so hard for me. Beautiful pages!
    Hugz, Z

  3. Beautiful! Love the vibrant colours and the stencilling is great.

  4. ohh this is gorgeous, I love the use of the gold paste stencil through the larger stencil.

  5. I love this!! I want to hang it on my wall. Stunning.