Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cross Art Tutorial

One of my favorite verses from the Old Testament is Numbers 6:24-26 which says "May the Lord bless and keep you; May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, May the Lord turn toward you and grant you peace."

There are many different translations and the words are somewhat different, but the meaning is the same.  It was a verse I said over and over to my babies when they were little and I snuggled next to them or rocked them. I just find comfort in it.

So when I came across Jessica Sporn's Hebrew Calligraphy stencil from StencilGirl and I knew I could incorporate it into art ~ I was thrilled! The crazy thing is right after I purchased the stencil, I went to an art retreat and got to meet Jessica and have lunch with her. She is lovely and does amazing art too! If you don't already follow her blog check her out here.

I wanted to incorporate the stencil into a piece of art that was meaningful to me. So this is what I did:

(1) First I took an old, ugly canvas I started one day when I apparently couldn't get my "art" on.  I decided I would transform it.

(2) Then I painted a palette of cool tone colors and added texture with dabs of molding paste.

(3) Then I took molding paste and the Jessica Sporn Hebrew stencil and scraped it through with a palette knife.

(4) I then let it dry overnight.  Once it was dry I erased the pencil lines.

(5) For this cross I painted it with Titanium White and added details and blending where needed with Faber Castell markers.

Here is another cross I did with the same basic steps but a different color palette.

Have a blessed day!


  1. Oooooo.... I love this! Really nice.

  2. This is so beautiful! I love that you used the Hebrew letters for your cross. And I love the fact that this verse, which is from the Old Testament, is so relevant to every faith! Thank you for this gorgeous piece, and for the tutorial as well. xoxo

  3. so pretty! i missed seeing this stencil, i will have to go check it out, i tell ya', this stencil girl thing is killin' me, i want all the stencils but i don't work anymore so i have to be careful, hey maybe i will tell my kids for xmas!! tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana

  4. Love that stencil, and the cross canvases are fab