Hello Beautiful People! Today, I'm sharing a couple of ideas for how to use stencils to bring some colorful joy to yourself and to others.
IDEA 1: Starting with colorful joy for you, an idea for your art journal. I chose fashion for the focal point in the example below, you can choose a focal point that brings you joy.
IDEA 2: Make someone smile with a customized bookmark. I like to give books as gifts - art books, self-powering, leadership, romance - all the books!! Whatever the recipient is into. Along with the book, I give a customized bookmark.
To make this bookmark I worked in layers, starting with rubbing Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold using a paper towel. Because the paper is glossy, I got a ‘swish type’ texture. I left some white on purpose.
With the intention of making the gold less transparent, I added a flesh-colored mat paint to the gold, using a dauber sponge through a corner section of the 9x12 club set stencil. Had a happy accident - my sponge dauber was damp from the previous cleaning and made an interesting-looking design.
Next, I added random shapes with a dry dauber sponge and the 4x4 club stencil.
I then laid the mask over the cutout shape and colored in the open sections with a pencil. I really like the scratchy pencil look.
For the positive words, I used a sharpie to color each letter. Note: I adjusted the stencil for the second line to make sure the letters fit onto the bookmark. I then colored over the bridges to make the letters flow together.
To give a bit of a 3-D look, I laid the stencil back in place and then shifted it left ever so slightly and drew in a thin black line on the left of each letter.
Add a ribbon and it is ready to use! I usually add their name to the tag as well. IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to let your bookmark dry completely before sliding it into the sleeve. I was excited to finish it and made a little smear. So, this one will be mine and I'll create an unsmeared one as a gift. :DFor more ideas, tips, and techniques for words and African symbol collection, check out the videos below: