Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Inspiration with Curvy Ladder

Hi there!  Julie Snidle here, playing with my Curvy Ladder stencil today, one of the newest stencils from StencilGirl Products.   For demonstration purposes, my pieces are all done on 8x10" sheets of hot press (smooth) 140 lb. watercolor paper. 

Curvy Ladder is also the Deal of the Day over at StencilGirl Products today! 

 Although I began each piece in pretty much the same way, I found out that ladders can be more than just things to climb.

Gotta cover that white! so I apply some neutral acrylic paints over the surface with a plastic scraper.
Here I used raw umber, paynes gray, and titanium white.

I'm thinking 'journal page' and simply adding white paint through the stencil with a sponge dauber.
Oh.  And a little raw umber at the top.
Now I can use the lines to write on; dark on light, light on dark,
following the stencil pattern horizontally...
... or vertically.

Got a dirty stencil?
Just wipe off the excess paint from the stencil onto a separate surface with a baby wipe or damp paper towel...

...add some collage elements and some paint and see what you can come up with.
It's a fun piece, not a masterpiece.

Here's another one.  I painted the background with acrylics and a scraper.

This time I painted over the entire surface with a contrasting color.  While the contrasting color was still wet,  I placed the stencil as shown and wiped the paint OFF with a  baby wipe.

This way your background color comes through.   Then I filled in some of the openings with paint and a small brush.
These openings could also be windows!  Hmmm....

Okay, so I added a few rub-ons too.  I could keep going but I've got more to show you.

Another background,

same stencil,

just added paint and a postage stamp.

Here's a fun way to get an interesting background; squirt some GAC 500 on your surface
and smear around with a brush or your gloved hand.  Let dry.
When paint is added, the GAC 500 acts as a resist.
I'm using Golden's iridescent bronze, teal, and titanium white to make a sheet of decorative paper that can be used as is,
 or torn up and used in collage.

Just keep turning the stencil for each layer.

 I hope this has inspired you to play with stencils this week.


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