Friday, May 6, 2022

Kirsten Varga - May 2022 StencilClub Stencils

Hello Creative Friend!

This month's exclusive StencilClub design by Megan Whisner Quinlan is a stunner! The designs are perfect for layering as well as for creating decorative bits for collage and mixed media. I was inspired to combine acrylic paint and watercolors with these stencils to create a bunch of ready-made pieces I can use for future projects. It's super easy and meditative. Plus, future-You will be thrilled to have some decorative elements ready to use when inspiration strikes! 

I started by using a make-up sponge to apply white acrylic paint with the stencil on a few sheets of student-grade watercolor paper. 

While those were drying I picked out pink, red, green, and blue acrylic paints and did the same thing on a few more sheets of paper. Make sure the acrylic paint is completely dry before you move to the next step, watercolors!

The stencil designs look great on their own but why stop there when you can add more interest by filling the shapes with color! 

The acrylic paint won't be affected by the watercolors and the contrast between the mediums is lovely! Make sure your watercolor is plenty juicy so it flows smoothly and washes over the acrylic easily. 

Let the papers dry on a flat surface so the colors don't run....unless that's the look you're going for! :)

Before cutting out these whimsical pieces take a q-tip dipped in clean water and lightly wipe over the acrylic paint to remove excess watercolor and make those lines pop! A craft-grade acrylic paint might not work for this technique because it tends to be more chalky when dry and might not allow you to wipe the dried watercolor from the acrylic. However, experiment and see what happens! You never know when a happy accident will occur. :)

I created a small pocket folder to hold my decorative bits. I decided I didn't have to cut all of them out at once so the folder works great for me. This was made from a piece of kraft-colored 12x12 paper. 

(I have a short tutorial for making mini pocket folders on my Instagram feed. The same process can be applied to make any size!) I hope this inspires you to create something today! 
Join StencilClub by May 15 to receive these exclusive stencils and accompanying video tutorial with PDF (both downloadable!), and 20% OFF STENCILS EVERY DAY!!

Happy Creating!

Find me on Instagram: @kirstenvarga

Stencils used:

Other Supplies:
Watercolor paper
Kraft 12x12 cardstock
Acrylic Paint: White and your favorite colors
Sponges to apply paint


  1. Oh my word! These are delightful!

  2. Absolutely wonderful, and so inspiring, Kirsten! Thank you for sharing!


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