Hello StencilGirl® friends! I love sharing my process for creating artwork from my StencilGirl® collection. Today I’m excited to show you how to create unique hand-made paper out of left-over scraps from other projects. I use paper like this in many of my art pieces as well as in the oracle cards I design as part of my Create Your Own Oracle Deck e-course. It is so much fun and a great way to upcycle while getting into your creative flow!
1) Begin with a pile of scrapbook paper, old book pages or any other pieces of colored paper you have on hand.
2) Gather about 3 different color families of paint as well as neutrals for your palette. I used a favorite bracelet for color inspiration. For this project, I used acrylics, a make-up sponge and my monoprinting set up (gel plate & brayer), but you can use any stenciling media that makes you happy.
3) If you’re using a gel plate, apply 1-3 colors of acrylic paint to your gel plate.
4) Then position a stencil on top of the gel plate color. I used my Kilim Stencil. Next, place a sheet of paper over the stencil face down. Rub on the back of the paper with your brayer.
5) You can also apply the paint using a make-up sponge. I used bright pink with my Kilim Stencil.
6) I love creating stories in my artwork, so I added indigo paint with a make-up sponge to the little houses and trees from my City Stories Stencil.
7) I also created this sweet little couple from my Love Story Stencil by stenciling on top of a sheet of poetry using magenta and light purple. Elements like this help me to come up with stories for my larger collage.
8) Repeat this process using a variety of stencils and papers. Then cut up your work into smaller pieces so that you have a bunch of ‘patches’ that can be make into a collage quilt. If you cut out your smaller design elements, this gives you a lot of room to explore design within your quilt. You can put the little houses on top of the landscape or within it!
9) Finish your composition with hand-drawn elements using markers or your favorite paints!
10) Enjoy this little video & time-lapse snippet of my composition process: