Sandee Setliff greeting you today. Spring means creation. Like a seed pushing forth out of the darkness of the earth and toward the light, so do we feel the pull out our art supplies and get creative!
Stencils inspire me to let loose and get creative and I have so much to learn in using them. They are versatile and easy to play with and you can use so many different techniques with them.
Today I am creating an art journal page using the Pen and Ink stencil designed by Leslie Riley, Planner Spiral Notes designed by Mary Beth Shaw and I am using watercolors to stencil with.
Today's project was spent exploring with watercolors through the stencil for a nice soft washed out effect.
Tip: Think before washing your stencil and ask yourself, can I reactivate the paint that is left on the stencil even though it is dried?
Some paints like watercolors and inks can be "recycled" by misting them with alcohol which re-activates the dried watercolors and then pressing that back onto the paper. ( The words that are printed backwards are the effect you get because it is actually the front of the stencil you are using. I created a video HERE where I used alcohol inks and my stencils but it is basically the same process I used for activating the dried watercolor paint on todays project. )
Mary Nasser has me reaching for maps these days so I collaged some torn strips along the bottom to "ground" my ink pot which was stippled in with some black acrylic paint. I really liked the boldness of the black against the bright pastels.
I outlined the letters to emphasize them so they would stand out from the background using a Micron 2 pen by lightly sketching the outline.
For some added whimsy and to help bring out the calligraphy pen image better I used the Pen and Ink stencil as a guide and outlined it. Then I used the Planner Spiral Notes stencil also as a guide and drew it on the corner extending the stencil and letting it "fade out" over the the right side of the paper.
Let your art burst forth like flowers in the spring!