Saturday, May 13, 2017

Polymer resist on Magazines with StencilGirl Stencils

We are delighted to have Guest Designer Laura Lein-Svencner on the blog today sharing how to get creative with polymer resist on magazines with StencilGirl stencils!

Be sure to read to the end to see Laura's video!

Take it away, Laura!
 Prepare paper for collage: blue paper is packing paper with polymer medium on both sides.

Coat white paper bags with polymer medium, let dry, then sand to roughen up the surface for glazing
later in the collage process.

Use stencils with a cosmetic sponge and polymer medium on National Geographic magazines.

I'm using:
Lizzie Mayne's Falling Feathers
Terri Stegmiller's Waves
and Cecilia Swatton's Clustered Leaves

When stenciled magazine pages are dry, put on gloves and open your can of Nevr Dull.
Tear off a piece of the cotton and start to rub the stenciled magazine page with Nevr Dull.
Make sure you have good ventilation. If your rub a lot, more inks will come off.
The stencil shapes stay there and keep the magazine color and create the resist stencil area.

Wipe off your piece with a baby wipe to clean up the extra Nevr Dull Solvent. Let dry, then coat with polymer medium on both side of the magazine page to prepare for tack iron method of fusing the collage papers on.
Above are stenciled papers with inks rubbed off and coated with polymer medium.

Above is clayboard coated with polymer and collage papers applied with the tack iron.

Feather images are cut out from the magazine and tacked on along with the circle stencil paper.

I continued the process of adding collage papers and fusing with the tack iron method.

I mixed acrylic paints with glazing medium and applied it to the collage rubbing.
Taking off the extra, along with shadowing some around the shapes and papers edges added unity and depth to the collage papers and shapes.

In the photo above, I’ve added some carpet tacks and tied on book thread around them as an added element, the fine line details.

 Above is the finished collage piece!

You can also copy your paper on your computer or have it done at an office supply store.
Sometimes the papers made turn out so wonderfully that you might find yourself afraid to use them in you artwork. I say, make a few copies of them.

I decided to sew the copies together so I will have it ready for another collage later. It sure was fun to experiment and explore with StencilGirl stencils! I hope you enjoy my video below:
Watch Laura Lein-Svencner's video on YouTube


  1. What a wonderful project! I loved learning about this technique!

  2. Unique techniques, and what a gorgeous project!! I'm a fan, Laura!


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