Hello and welcome to a fun tutorial on using layers of paints and primarily one stencil to create a rich looking, layered canvas! In this lesson, I will be using Andrew Borloz Crossed Rounds & Squares Stencil L159 as my main stencil with different colors of paint to create a magical scene of wonder and whimsy. The process is a little long but worth it and if you don't have a ton of stencils at your disposal, this is a good method to learn to get your creative on!
(1) I took a 16x20 canvas and glued down handmade tissue paper I had previously created that was in my stash. This part is just to give you some texture and interest in your background.
(2) I sketch out some ideas on my very teeny tiny sketch book. I decide on a girl reaching up for the stars.
(4) I spray and allow dripping and allow the warm colors to meet one another and make interesting marks of their own.
(6) After my warm colors have made their mark and are mostly dry, I start doing the same with a cool color palette of greens and blues.
This is what I have when I am done. What do you think? I am loving all the layers and just think, we have only used ONE stencil!
(7) I think hand cut out stars from scrap paper and sketch my "vision" on to the canvas with a Stabilo pencil. I play with the layout until I am pleased.
See how you can see parts of the background peeking through but there is still a predominant green grass area?
(9) I trace my stars with the Stabilo pencil and then outline again with a white wash. I mostly do this because I can "see" the scene better this way.
(10) I then add in some teal and blue paints to "fill in" the sky. I use the same reverse stenciling technique as in step 8 with Andrew's stencil again scraping paint off through the circles.
It is beginning to come together.
(12) I use Andrew's stencil to add some interest to my girl's dress. I give her dress a checkered look with some blue paint through the squares.
(12) I add some more texture to the sky with a darker blue around the stars and through the small square part of Andrew's stencil. I added some white in to the grass.
(13) I mix some Titanium white with teal and blend my sky, covering up some of my circles, leaving others more obvious.
(14) I then add details with my pen.
Don't you just love how the stars pop out of the sky with all that warm color and texture!?!
There you have a completed canvas ( I will be adding a quote to mine) using two stencils, but primarily one. Have fun creating and check back with me ~ I'd love to see you stuff!
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