Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Compass Canvas (Tutorial)

Marjie Kemper here, happy to be sharing a project I made with Mary Nasser's Compass Stencil.  

This is a 5" X7" canvas.

I started by sponging black India Ink through Mary's stencil onto the canvas.

Normally I just hold my stencil in place but for this project, I taped my stencil down due to the 'give' in the center of the canvas. 

This stencil is small (4" square) and I was able to bend it perfectly around my corners. 

The small size allows me to easily carry the compass design to the edges of the canvas.

I punched a few circles from book paper, and tore a few strips of it to adhere to the canvas with gel medium.

I applied a few coats of Golden Fluid Acrylics (Quin Nickel Gold) and then quickly used a makeup wedge to remove most of the paint from the center compass.

Wanting more black but in a small pattern, I reached for one of Michelle Ward's stencils.

Ranger's Black Enamel Accents add nice detail marks to the center compass.

I usually add a word to canvases but I like this one "as is" so no words today.

Hope you enjoyed this project and that you'll pop over to my website to say hello!

Before you go....
Maria popping in here to say a 
This is her last post on StencilGirl Talk. 
We want to thank her for all the fabulous projects and inspiration she has given us over the last 5 months!
Please make sure you continue following her Blog to keep up with what she is doing!!!
Hope to see you back for a visit Marjie!!!


  1. Marjie, I am a newbie on Stencil Girl. However, I have been around long enough to see your talent and dedication. I know your next steps will be amazing!

  2. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I just loveeeeeeee the colors!!!!

  3. So honored you used my stencil, Marjie!
    LOVE how you bent the stencil around the corners and edges!
    Wonderfully intense colors and patterns combined with text! Thank you!

  4. I will miss you Marjie. You do beautiful work and I love your blog posts. Good luck with whatever you are doing! xo

  5. love love your canvas today. Your compass and the clever way you managed to work it around the corner is just fabolous !!
    I enjoy so much following your blog and feel very inspired seeing what you create !!
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Sending hugs from SPAIN

  6. Nice the compasses on the corners. xox

  7. Great colors and ideas, Marjie, love it!

  8. Beautiful!!! The stencil work on the corners is awesome! Thanks for the how-to's pics also!!

  9. I always love what you do with colour Marjie, this canvas is stunning and I love the way the central compass stands out. Thanks so much for the 'how to', you have given us some great tips.


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