Friday, March 22, 2019

Kim Collister: Creating Cyanotype Prints with StencilGirl® Stencils

I am Kim Collister and I am happy to be here today to share with you my art cards and journal pages I created using stencils from StencilGirl® and Cyanotype prints.
You first start with purchasing some cyanotype paper. Use as directed and instead of foilage, place a stencil on the paper and then layer a piece of glass on top (from an old photo frame will work). This keeps the stencil from moving and will give you a perfect print. Longer and shorter development times will give you a variety of shades from light to dark to experiment with. Tip: don't be afraid to cut your stencils. I cut the edges off of mine so I would not have the frame around them.

For this project, I couldn't resist using the face stencils by Pam Carriker. Once you get the prints made you want to use, copy them on copy paper which is thinner and easier to use for collage. Next, I found some jumbo art cards to use as the base of my project. I prepared them with some clear gesso and added a bit of color to start using gelatos.
Then just begin tearing your prints and adding the faces to the cards. I also made cyanotype prints of other StencilGirl® stencils that would add to my background like the Travel Note Mini and the Quatrefoil 6 that I placed on top of each other to process on cyanotype paper for a quick layered effect.
Tear and add prints and other embellishments until you have a look that you are happy with. You can see on some of the cards that I also added some of my cyanotype foliage prints, they make a great mix with the stencil prints.
Finish details with acrylic paint, oil pastels, stamped and written words, and pencil markings.
Love Face Stencil
Love Face Stencil (this one looks different than the one above because I flipped the stencil over).
On this one, I made two different exposures of the same face and cut them in half

Here are some examples of the faces I created for a journal page by cutting the edges from the face stencils using the Truth Face and Honor Face on the cyanotype paper. Then I added parts of the Scribbles Dots Dash Stencil.
This one I used the Laugh Face cutting off the frame and using different exposure times. You could leave it like it is, but I will probably add to it.  Laugh Face
Another Journal Page below using the Create Face Stencil, Tell Your StoryScribbles Dots Dash , and the Travel Mini Note Stencil.
I hope you will check out my post and the ton of inspiration over at StencilGirl® .Grab some of their awesome stencils while you are there and discover for yourself the endless possibilities of playing with stencils and cyanotype prints.

Kim Collister is a mixed media artist, living life large in Central Arkansas with her crazy big family of creatives. You can connect with her on FB, IG and her website:


  1. These are lovely! And, such a cool idea!

  2. Cyanotype paper is new to me...can’t wait to try it! Your work is always❤️

    1. You should definitely try it, it’s another whole world of possibilities and works so perfect with the stencils. Thank (as always) for your sweet encouraging comments. ♥️

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Cathy💖 StencilGirl has the best stencils and they add such wonderful layers and dimension to your artwork.

  4. I love what you've done - beautiful and inspiring!

  5. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! So, so creative!!!


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