Friday, June 24, 2022

Guest Designer: Diane Adams

Hi! It's Diane Adams from @twospotteddogs! I was so excited when I was asked if I would be interested in doing a guest blog post on StencilGirl®Talk. I knew immediately that I wanted to use some of Rae Missigman’s amazing color swatch stencils!

I have always loved color swatches, although I have never created my own since I don’t do a lot of painting. There is something so appealing about the grids and geometric shapes! I have been using landscape images in my artwork since I was in art school many years ago. My first thought was that it would be fun to paint a landscape image over the grid. I also love the variety of bird and butterfly stencils offered by StencilGirl®. My original project plan included creating a stenciled bird to add over the landscape. I also wanted to try to come up with a unique way to use the stencils. I really enjoy trying to find new ways to use products or materials. Like many of my favorite projects, this one went in a different direction from my original plan, and I ended up using the stencil in an unexpected way. I decided to use the 6 x6 stencil on a 6 x 6 square of patterned cardstock. I love using papers that look like vintage ephemera, especially old ledger paper. I thought that the cardstock would also work well with the acrylic paint I wanted to use with my stencil. My favorite tool to use when applying paint to a stencil is a foam cosmetic wedge. For this project, I used inexpensive jars of acrylic paint. I used a variety of blues and greens to create an abstract landscape using the 20 Color Swatch Grid Stencil.

When I removed the stencil, I made the best discovery! I loved how the grid landscape looked, but I also really loved how the landscape image looked on the stencil itself.

I tried laying the stencil on another square of patterned paper and I knew I wanted to create another piece using the actual painted stencil. I glued the stencil to my paper using a glue stick.

I love using antique landscape postcards in my art. The abstract landscape grids reminded me of the postcard landscapes, and I decided to layer the vintage postcards over the grids.

I used foam tape to attach the postcards to add dimension to the finished pieces. I also outlined the grid squares and postcards with pencil. I was so excited with how this project turned out that I decided to try it with the Color Gradient Swatch Wheel stencil and see if I could use the same concept, but in a circle format. I followed the same process and once again, I loved both the stenciled landscape and the painted stencil.

I cut antique postcards into a circle, and I was really happy with the way they worked with the stenciled image and the painted stencil.

When I started this project, I didn’t really plan on finishing the pieces, but I was so happy with how they turned out that I decided to mount them to gesso boards. I glued scraps of the patterned paper to the edges of the gesso board.

Now that I have completed this project, I will definitely be ordering more of the color swatch stencils and plan to include more of the actual painted stencils in my work. I hope you enjoyed this project and I hope it will encourage you to think outside the box and look for new ways to use your stencils.


  1. This is great Diane, and it makes me want to order those stencils!

  2. Brilliant idea, Diane. I love grids, too, but I love the painted stencil added to the artwork! Thank you!


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