Monday, February 28, 2022

Recipe Illustration Using Stencils

Hi everyone! It's Kate Yetter here today, sharing a yummy treat.

Baking and eating baked goods is a big part of my life, especially since the start of COVID. Having to spend a year of homeschooling my children, we spent a lot of time in the kitchen baking together, eating together and making memories.

My love of food and baking has carried over into my watercolor and I am determined to be successful at food illustration someday. In the meantime, I am having fun, practicing as much as I can. Instagram is a wonderful source of inspiration and all the food illustrations filling my feed along with my love of food, inspired my project today. 

These fudgy brownies are one of my favorite recipes to make, especially when I add frosting to the top. It takes a lot of self- control to stop eating them! It is definitely a recipe that I would love to pass down and hang on my wall. 

My recipe illustration of fudgy brownies was made mostly of stencils. The final piece came out a bit different then my practice run, which is shown below. I free styled the brownie and chocolate chips but everything else was made using stencils. Fun, right?

I taped off the edges of my paper with washi tape so I could create a natural border. Next, I planned out my placement and traced my stenciled items.

I practiced each element several times before painting it on my final piece. Every element took several layers of watercolor.

I did a practice run to play with the layout and elements in my daily painting journal. 

As you can see, not all of the elements made it in the end. I really struggled with the highlights on the mixer and after a few tries, I decided to scrap it.

I intended to hand write the ingredients using my Lamy Pen but when I went to use it, my ink was out. So, until I can buy an ink refill, I decided to try something new by adding the text digitally. 

The stencils used are:

Here is what it looked like before digitally adding the text.

I had SO much fun making this recipe! Who would have thought you could do all this with stencils?! I hope you give this project a try.

Thank you for joining me today,

1 comment:

  1. Super fun recipe page. Love the stencils you used and that brownie looks real! Great job, Kate!


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