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Hi all, it's Gwen Lafleur back again today with another project tutorial to share. A few weeks ago I shared a mini cardboard art journal that used a lot of different stenciling techniques, and I got quite a few questions about one of the pages so I thought I'd do a tutorial showing how to use layers of stenciling to create your own little "windows."
Here's the original page I did using Circle on Circle by Mary Beth Shaw, the 6x6 peacock stencil from Jessica Sporn's January Stencil Club set, and the Quatrefoil Mix by Michelle Ward.
And here's the project I did for today's tutorial using the same process:
Diamond Dance stencil by Terri Stegmiller along with some Imagine Crafts Goosebumps to get a slightly textured background - the cool thing is that it also works as a resist. It's pretty subtle... also, I didn't worry about being precise since this is one of my bottom layers.
Next, it's time to add your main image. Animals work great for this - I think the Elephant March stencil from Nathalie Kalbach or Mary Beth Shaw's Dragon stencil would be super fun. But it can be anything... I decided to do something a bit more abstract and used the Splats, Blooms, and Bones stencil by Orly Avineri. I use a stiff bristled brush to stencil with acrylic paint, but you can use a sponge, dauber, or whatever works best for you.
Ready? Now it's time to grab the stencil you're going to use for your "windows." You want to make sure that there are openings big enough to see through, but you also want to make sure it's something where you can paint around the windows - you'll see that in a few steps. I took Michelle Ward's Maltese Mix stencil (she has a lot that are great for this) and laid it down on my dry page and used a pen to trace the openings where I wanted them. You can move the stencil around and take the parts of the design you want to use. It helps if you don't trace the really small shapes, unless you really want to paint around all of them!
Whatever works for you to get to where you feel finished is awesome. This was it for me on this one!
I hope you enjoyed today's project! And I hope you go and try this yourselves. If you do, link up your project! I'd love to see it!
You can see more of my work or leave me a comment or a question here or on my blog. Until next time!