Friday, June 17, 2016

Planting Tulips with Suzi Dennis

Planting Tulips with Suzi Dennis
I love tulips and have a few in my flower beds, but as much as I would like to, garden time is not built into my agenda, so this is the way I get to plant tulips! Let's have a good time using my 3 newest stencils from StencilGirl: Garden Dreams, Ancient Marks and Ripples. I am working in a journal I handmade myself but you can work in any journal or even just on another surface.

The first thing I do on my gessoed surface is draw out my tulip with Bombay Inks.
It takes a little time for the ink to dry this way but I love the effects.

 When it dries, I lay in my background color and paint in the shapes of the tulip.

While that is drying I make my collage paper I want to use in this piece.
One of my favorite collage papers is newspaper.
The supply never runs out and it is a good weight for collage.
Here I am covering it with gesso and a little color.

 Using my Ripple and Garden Dreams stencils, I start laying down some random blues and greens.

When it dries I glaze over the papers with some translucent paints.
Here I am using Azo Gold, Quin Magenta and Deco Arts yellow simmer spray mister.
The spray mister gives is a nice “glow”

Back to the Tulip: Using my Ancient Marks stencil and some Compose Blue acrylic,
I fill in my background

Now to finish up! Using my collage paper, pens (I use Molotow and Pitt Pens), Acrylic paint and my Garden Dreams stencil, I finish up adding detail and interest to the tulip

And here it is! “Planting my Garden! Hope you enjoyed this and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wonderful! Being new to stencils...I am amazed by your transformation of newspaper and how you used it. The tulip took on new life with your collage elements. Thanks so much for another stencil moment.

  2. Awesome tutorial, Suzi!! Thanks for sharing with us...

  3. Wowzer! You never disappoint, Suzi! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Great project! Thanks for sharing


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