Hi StencilGirl Friends,
I had so many different projects in mind for my first blog post here, but as soon as I saw the results on a test run of this technique, I knew I had to share!
If you follow me at all, you might know that I love to incorporate botanicals into my artwork and I am a big fan of eco-dyeing. I have stacks of eco-dyed papers in my studio and I am always looking for new ways to use them. (But please know that you do not need to try this on eco-dyed papers! This technique should work with most backgrounds.)
I also had golf leaf (intended for a completely different use) that had been laying around for weeks and weeks. Since I am a big proponent of using what you have, I gave gold leaf stenciling a try. I found that using modeling paste as the adhesive worked best because it is so easy to see both wet and dry.
I hope that you will enjoy giving this technique a go...ld!
- Substrate - I used eco-dyed papers, but any background on any paper, journal page or other surface should work!
- StencilGirl Stencils - For each piece, I selected one stencil with a pattern for the background and a larger image stencil for the gold leaf. Here are my selections:
- Sidewalk in Puerto Rico #2 by Mary Beth Shaw
- Rock Wall Small by Mary Beth Shaw
- Create Face by Pam Carriker
- Bouquet Greenery by Wendy Brightbill
- Modeling Paste
- Palette Knife
- Black Gesso (or other dark colored paint)
- Gold or other Metal Leaf
- Small Soft Paint Brush (flat or round)
- Gold or other Color Gel Pen (optional)
Use your Black Gesso/Paint and your Patterned Stencil to stencil randomly over your background.
TIP: You want to create enough stenciling that is at least 3/4 of your Image Stencil size (so the leaf really pops off the page).
Once dry, use your modeling paste and palette knife to stencil your image over top.
TIP: Scape a nice even layer over the entire image or the section you’d like to use, AND wash your stencil right away once done!
Gently lay sheets or small broken pieces of your leaf over the modeling paste.
TIP: Pat if you need to make contact with the paste, but do not push too hard or you will flatten and distort the image.
VERY IMPORTANT! Allow paste to dry completely!
Use the soft brush to gently wipe away the leaf that is not in contact with the paste.
TIP: If you accidentally scrape away some of the leaf from the paste, put the tiniest bit of adhesive on the “bald spot” and patch with a gold leaf flake.
STEP SIX: (optional):
Line some of your dark shapes under the leaf with gel pen.
I would love to see what you create!