Friday, May 2, 2014

Growing Peace, Joy, Faith & Love

Hi! Kirsten Reed here showing you today a great way stencils can create a background for your art.

I will be using Carolyn Dube's Union and Linked stencils from StencilGirl Products.  I have used two sizes of the Union (the 6x6 and the 9x12) for variation in my background.

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I had no "plan" on what I was going to create, which is often the case when I come to my studio.  I began by putting paint on my board and moving it around. 

I loved the colors of blues, greens in combination with the white and wood peeking through so I decided to stay in a monochromatic color palette for the most part.

Once my background was dry, I began layering the stencils in different directions in random areas all over the canvas until I was happy with the results. I used both paints and sprays for variation.

Here is a close up:

Here is my background once I finished "layering".  You can see the different sizes, colors and directions, but it doesn't feel too crazy because I used the same stencils repeatedly. It was at this point, I decided to paint out the flowers growing the words I had randomly written on the canvas:  peace, joy, faith, love.

Here is a close up:

And here is the overall piece once I finished.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and will consider looking at stencils at a way to enhance your own style of art!  For more information, other tutorials and stories, please visit me at my website Kirsten Reed Designs or follow my blog Keystrokes & Kaleidoscopes at Bloglovin.

Make your day a bright one!


  1. Your backgrounds just rock, Kirsten. I love the rawness of these flowers/pods and vase.

  2. You know I love those colors!!

  3. I love the colors. Did you use a stylist at all? It looks like indents and it is absolutely beautiful. Blessings, Janet PPF

  4. Kirsten, this is fabulous. I agree with Judy...the background rocks!

  5. This is beautiful. I love those colors and the design and how it all evolved.

  6. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing.


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