Hello Beautiful People! here today sharing an idea for how to use stencils to bring some positivity into your space. I felt I needed some affirmation words and more color in my creative space, however painting the walls is not practical right now. In an on-line ad I saw a white book case with color on the black splash. I thought I could do that to my ! So I did.
I first removed all the contents and shelves. This also gave me opportunity to review my supplies and how things were organized on the shelves. :) I decided on a blue base with some pops of gold and bright green. The stencils I chose are from the - a collaboration with and me - with designs and words that inspire. I envisioned that the designs would peek through my art supplies.
I poured a variety of blue hues acrylic paint into a bowl and gently stirred them. Starting in the top section of the bookcase, I painted around the edges of the back splash with a sponge brush, using a piece of cardboard to help me line up and protect the sides from paint. I still got a little paint on the sides, but that's ok - I knew I could go back and touch it up with white - or not, just leave those speckles for a memory. Next, I used a paint brush to fill in the center area. For the pops of gold and bright green, I randomly sponged all around the section while the blue was still wet. I worked my way down to the bottom.
By the time I finished the bottom section, the top section was dry enough to add the stencils. I'm not one to pull out a ruler and measure. :) I used a small sponge dabber and white acrylic paint to add "about" in the center of the back splash. Next and near each corner, and then I painted and . TIP: I dabbed off excess paint for dry brush technique that allowed for a crisp edge.
I let it dry overnight and then put the shelves back in. It took me a little while to put the supplies back on the shelves. I took time to think about the last time I touch each art supply and if it fit with my current art flow. Over the years, I've tried a variety of art forms. Many of the supplies I have purchased was influenced by Carol Duval and her guests. :) At the time I just had to have it, so I bought it, but rarely (or never) got around to using it. It was time to let that unused art supplies go to a home that will use it. Next weekend, I'll do the second bookcase in my space!
Here’s a photo of the supplies I used:
Suggestion: If you are looking for a good home for your unused art supplies, I suggest checking with local senior care facilities. I found one in my area that was thrilled when I called and offered to donate.
A couple more ideas to spread some positivity:
1. I have a 9x12 sketch book that I use to jot down ideas, make marks, doodle drawings, and brainstorm collections. Of course, I had to put some paint on that generic cover. :) For the background I randomly sponged in acrylic paint. After it dried completely, I used the 9x12 stencil from the I designed to add interest. I used the words so many possibilities from my stencil to remind me not to limit my thinking around new ideas.
Check out my video here for tips and techniques for using word stencils.
2. I used one of the small African masks from the , to create a quick “just because” card - just because I’m thinking of you, I’m giving you a card. I used gouache paint and a small paint brush to paint the background shape of the matching mask stencil. I like the matte painterly look of gouache. I used white acrylic paint and a small sponge dabber over the mask for the detailed image, being mindful to use the dry brush technique. I believe hand written cards make people feel special. Think about the last time you received a handwritten card and how it made you feel…
I hope this post gave you ideas to create some positivity around you and to spread some positivity!
Take Care and Stay Positive!